Research Natural Resource Specialist
1992 Folwell Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
My research interests include understanding social, historical and cultural aspects of forest management, sustainability, indigenous community forestry, environmental history, and natural resource planning. My research attempts to bridge the ecological and social components of forest management systems and to provide information for forest managers and communities to make foresighted decisions. My PhD dissertation explored how an indigenous community in lowland Bolivia and the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin use forestry to control their territories, maintain their forests, and sustain their cultures. I am currently working on publishing papers from my dissertation. I am also engaged in several projects related to indigenous perceptions of climate change, tribal communities' adaptation to climate change, and sustainable forestry certification systems with an emphasis on Bolivia. I am beginning to build a strategic foresight research program and am developing three projects: Tribal Participatory Scenario Planning for Climate Change Adaptation, An Overview of the Future of Urban Forests, The Future of Forest-based Nanotechnology and Implications for Forest Resources.
My broad research interests include: social, community, and indigenous forestry; human dimensions; ecology; traditional ecological knowledge/indigenous knowledge; forest management; sustainability and sustainable development; environmental history; interactions among culture, history, and the environment; land tenure; public participation and natural resource planning; human environment interactions; and strategic foresight.
My past research has included using dendrocronology to understand historical disturbance dynamics in old-growth oak forests in the Eastern United States. I have also conducted ecophysiology studies to understand photosynthesis, plant water relations, and leaf morphology related to environmental conditions in central Pennsylvania.
Why This Research is Important
My research is important because it integrates social and ecological sciences to support forest management decisions. By understanding human and environmental changes through time, forest managers will have more complete information to formulate responses to current and future issues like climate change. This is important because future natural resource decisions will depend on understanding changing social and ecological relationships. Finally, my research is important because it often integrates indigenous knowledge with western social and ecological sciences.
- University of Wisconsin Madison, Ph.D. Forestry with a Geography Minor and a Certificate in "Indigenous Landscapes" from the Gaylord Nelson Institute's Center for Culture, History, and Environment, 2012
- Pennsylvania State University, M.S. Forest Resources (Forest Ecology and Ecophysiology), 1996
- University of Wisconsin Madison, B.S. Forest Science with a Certificate in Environmental Studies, 1994
- Research Natural Resource Specialist, Northern Research Station
2013 - Current
- US Forest Service Liaison to the College of Menominee Nation, Forest Products Laboratory, Northern Research Station, Northeast Area State and Private Forestry, and the Eastern Region (R9)
2005 - 2013
- Assistant Forest Planner, Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests
2001 - 2005
- Natural Resource Manager & Environmental Educator, United States Peace Corps Volunteer, Bolivia
1997 - 2000
- Environmental Planning Intern, Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin
1996 - 1996
- Research and Teaching Assistant, School of Forest Resources, Pennsylvania State University
1994 - 1996
- Undergraduate Research Assistant, Department of Forest Ecology and Management, University of Wisconsin Madison
1992 - 1994
- Center For Culture, History And Environment - University Of Wisconsin, Community Associate (2012 - Current)
- Intertribal Timber Council, Research Subcommittee Member (2012 - Current)
- American Society Of Environmental History, Chair, Diversity Committee (2011 - Current)
- Edward Bouchet Graduate Honor Society – Yale University & University Wisconsin Madison, Inducted Member (2010 - Current)
- Land Tenure Center - University Of Wisconsin, Affiliate Member (2008 - Current)
- American Indian Science And Engineering Society, Member (2006 - Current)
- Ecological Society of America, Member (2006 - Current)
- Forest History Society, Member (2006 - Current)
Publications & Products
- Espinoza, Omar; Dockry, Michael J. 2014. Forest certification in Bolivia: A status report and analysis of stakeholder perspectives.
- Bengston, David; Dockry, Michael J. 2014. Forest futures in the Anthropocene: Can trees and humans survive together?.
- Emery, Marla R.; Wrobel, Alexandra; Hansen, Mark H.; Dockry, Michael; Moser, W. Keith; Stark, Kekek Jason; Gilbert, Jonathan H. 2014. Using traditional ecological knowledge as a basis for targeted forest inventory: paper birch (Betula papyrifera) in the US Great Lakes Region.
- Espinoza, Omar; Buehlmann, Urs; Dockry, Michael. 2013. Status of Forest Certification.