John DuPlissis M.S.

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Professional Title
Forest and Land Research Group Leader

DuPlissis leads the Institute's silviculture research group focused on developing cutting-edge applied forest management research leading to stabilization and expansion of forest-based industry in Minnesota. This includes development of a full range of silvicultural strategies from intensive forest management and multiple-use forestry to conservation forestry. Existing programs include research on intermediate stand treatments for aspen and red pine ecosystems, regional resource analyses to assess timber availability, field evaluations of logging operation efficiency and management of an internationally-renowned program on genetic improvement of hybrid poplar.


  • M.S., Forest Resources, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, 1994
  • B.S., Forest Science, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, 1985

Research Interests

  • Forest growth and yield modeling
  • Carbon Credits
  • Forest Products Industry Wood Supply
  • Urban Wood Utilization

Professional Experience

  • 2018 to present Researcher, Natural Resources Research Institute, UMD
  • 2015 to 2018 Assistant Professor, Nebraska Forest Service, University of Nebraska
  • 2002 to 2015 Academic Staff, College of Natural Resources, UW – Stevens Point
  • 2002 to 2002 Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin Extension
  • 1994 to 2000 Academic Staff, Nebraska Forest Service, University of Nebraska
  • 1993 to 1994 Research Scientist, College of Natural Resources, U of MN


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