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Grant M. Domke

Grant M. Domke

Research Forester
1992 Folwell Ave
St. Paul
United States

Phone: 651-649-5138
Fax: 651-649-5140
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Current Research

Carbon accounting - This work involves refining volume-biomass-carbon estimation methods for live and standing dead trees, developing empirical approaches for (currently) modeled forest carbon attributes, and documenting procedural changes in forest carbon accounting within the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program and the forestry section within the Land Use, Land Use Change, and Forestry chapter of the US National Greenhouse Gas Inventory.

Forest biomass for energy production - I am using national forest inventory data to evaluate - using aspatial and spatially explicit models - forest-derived biomass availability for bioenergy projects in the US and Europe.

Resource assessment - I provide forest carbon summaries to state analysts across the 24-state northern region of the FIA program for use in 5-year reports.

Forest ecosystem health - I am using FIA data, along with a variety of environmental metrics, to examine potential linkages between regional tree dieback and decline across the U.S. The objective of this work is to inform regional silvicultural strategies aimed at mitigating the effects of natural and anthropogenic stress factors on forest ecosystems.

Research Interests

Carbon dynamics in natural and managed ecosystems, resource inventory and assessment, ecosystem health, dendroecology, global change, bioenergy, forest canopy dynamics, ecosystem modeling, and forest biomass and carbon accounting

Past Research

Forest management modeling - I worked on the development and refinement of the Forest Age Class Change Simulator (FACCS), which is a spreadsheet-based decision support tool designed to estimate forest biomass and carbon stocks under a variety of user-defined management/disturbance scenarios. This tool was developed around publicly available data found in the FIA DataMart.

Why This Research is Important

Forest ecosystems represent the largest terrestrial carbon sink on earth and provide myriad goods and services to society. Improving our understanding of forest biomass and carbon stocks will provide Forest Service customers and clients with a better picture of the forest resource, allowing them to make more informed policy and management decisions.


  • University of Minnesota, Ph.D. Quantitative Silviculture and Forest Ecosystem Health 2010
  • University of Toronto, M.S. Applied Forest Ecology and Silviculture 2005
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, B.S. Biology and Forest Ecosystem Restoration and Management 2003

Professional Experience

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor in Forest Resources, University of Minnesota
    2011 - Current
  • Post-doctoral Research Forester, USDA Forest Service, Forest Inventory and Analysis
    2010 - 2013
    In this position I worked with a team of scientists and support staff to deliver the forest carbon stock and stock change estimates for the US's National Greenhouse Gas Inventory (NGHGI) report. As part of this effort, I led or played a key role in research documenting: 1) refinements to individual tree allometric and carbon content models for use in the FIA program and NGHGI, 2) analytical approaches for standing dead tree carbon estimation in the FIA program and NGHGI, 3) imputation (extrapolation/interpolation) strategies to compensate for missing observations from the baseline reporting years to present in the NGHGI and between periodic and annual FIA inventories, 4) refinements to down dead wood carbon stock estimation in the FIA program and NGHGI, 5) refinements to soil organic carbon models in the FIA program and NGHGI, and 6) climate change risks to forest carbon stocks. I also collaborated with scientists from the EPA on research assessing alternative forest carbon accounting techniques for the NGHGI, participate in NASA-led research on national scale biomass estimation using remote sensing technologies, support research on National Forest carbon budgets, contribute to carbon accounting efforts at the National Agroforestry Center, and lead work on forest biomass for energy and the associated carbon consequences of such utilization. I also supported FIA reporting by providing forest carbon summaries for 5-year state reports and continue to lead the development of a simulation model designed to use FIA data to project forest biomass/carbon stocks and stock changes under alternative management and natural disturbance scenarios.
  • Research Fellow in Forest Resources, University of Minnesota
    2005 - 2010
    In this position, I served as co-principal investigator and lead author on several studies examining the effects of natural and anthropogenic disturbances on biomass and carbon stocks in forest ecosystems. I was the lead developer of a modeling tool designed to utilize USDA Forest Service, Forest Inventory and Analysis data to project forest biomass availability and carbon stock changes under an array of management and natural disturbance scenarios. I taught lecture, lab, and field-based courses in forest ecosystem management and dendrology, led workshops on forest measurements and silviculture, and coordinated the development of a series of web-based forest management guides hosted by the USDA Forest Service.
  • Research Assistant in Forest Ecology, University of Toronto
    2003 - 2005
    In this position, I designed and implemented studies investigating stand structure and dynamics in selection-managed northern hardwood forests. This work involved supervising forest inventory and laboratory procedures, organizing and analyzing data, preparing project reports and manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals, and presenting results at local, regional, and international conferences.

Professional Organizations

  • International Union of Forest Research Organization (IUFRO), Member (2013 - Current)
  • American Geophysical Union, Member (2010 - Current)
  • Ecological Society of America, Member (2004 - Current)
  • Society of American Foresters, Member (2001 - 2010)

Awards & Recognition

  • Spot Award, 2012
    In recognition and extra effort to revise substantial portions of the U.S.'s 2012 National Greenhouse Gas Inventory, revisions published in EPA's 2012 NGHGI

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Research Highlights


Better Estimates of Carbon Inventory in Dead Wood Now Available

Researchers with the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program have sampled downed and dead woody material (DWM) since 2002 so most U.S. state ...


Last updated on : 02/05/2016