UMFK welcomes new professor of forestry
FORT KENT, Maine — The University of Maine at Fort Kent recently welcomed Nicole Rogers to the forestry faculty. A Mainer and a graduate of the University of Maine, Rogers is devoted to the diverse woodlands of Maine.
“I’m excited to be joining the faculty at UMFK,” said Rogers. “I was really drawn to the strong sense of community in Fort Kent, both at the university and also in town. During my interview multiple people brought up what a great place Fort Kent is to live and how much local support there is for the university.”
UMFK has one of only two accredited forest technology programs in New England. Students graduate from this program with a skill set that sets them apart in the job market. The forestry program at UMFK boasts a 93 percent 10-year employment rate in the field of forestry.
“Ms. Rogers is an excellent addition to our program,” said UMFK forestry program director, Jeff Dubis. “She has a real passion for teaching that will bring energy into her classroom that will be very motivational to her students. She has worked in the field as well, bringing a wealth of real-world experience to her classroom.”
“This is an exciting time to be in forestry, but not without challenges,” said Rogers. “Our greatest resource to help with these challenges is thoughtful and well-trained forestry professionals. I’m really looking forward working with faculty and staff and UMFK to continue seeing those professionals graduate from this program.”
Rogers grew up in Midcoast Maine, in the small town of Lincolnville. She received her BS in forest ecosystem science and conservation from UMaine. Her master’s is from Oregon State University in sustainable forest management with a concentration in forest biometrics and geomatics.
After graduation, she moved back to Maine and worked for the University of Maine at the Penobscot Experimental Forest as a research assistant. Recently, she is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Vermont in their Natural Resources program with a concentration in forest science. her dissertation focuses on regeneration dynamics of northern hardwood forests as well as the long-term outcomes of commonly applied silvicultural systems.
For more information about the Forestry program at UMFK, call 834-7500 or go to www.umfk.edu.