Research Associate, Manager of UVM Research Forests

My research involves understanding stand dynamics and application of silvicultural techniques in an era of change. More specifically, I focus on how forest structure may contribute to the adaptive capacity of forests and how management can enhance forest structural diversity while still meeting a broad set of societal goals. As both a forest manager and researcher, I am interested in performing research with practical applications and finding ways to best communicate outcomes to practitioners. I strive to combine my interests in application to all facets of my job—engaging students in practical, real-world problem solving, and including outreach in activities at the UVM Research Forests.


Jess Wikle

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Instructional programs: Forestry, Natural Resources
Research: Silviculture, forest ecology, forest management


  • Ph.D. Natural Resources, University of Vermont expected 2023
  • M.S. Forest Science, Yale School of the Environment 2018
  • B.S. Forestry, University of New Hampshire 2009
  • A.A. Bard Early College at Simon’s Rock 2002


  • 802-656-1107
Office Location:

303F Aiken Center

Courses Taught

  • Forest Ecosystem Health
  • Wildland Fire
  • Forest Ecosystem Analysis