Dr. Neil Thompson, Ph.D. Natural Resources and Environmental Studies, University of Northern British Columbia, 2017; B.Sc. Forestry, University of Maine, 2013.
Dr. Thompson serves in a 50% teaching and 50% research capacity and is the academic advisor for all incoming first-year Forestry students. Neil is responsible for UMFK Forestry social media, including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, and TikTok. His research includes responsibility for the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit's spruce budworm L2 population & defoliation survey in Maine and a CFRU-funded long-term stream monitoring project geared towards predicting stream temperature and flow regimes for headwater streams in northern Maine. In addition to his formal research capacity, Neil looks after both greenhouses on campus, a plantation of American chestnut in the Fournier BioPark, and a collection of 180+ nest boxes for songbirds, ducks, native solitary bees, and bats placed around campus and Fort Kent.
Professor Dubis (Jeff) began his forestry career in August 1988 at a very small, remote college campus in the Adirondack Mountains of New York where he obtained an Associate degree in Forest Technology. It was a challenging program with 40 hours spent in class each week, and at least as much time spent studying and working on assignments. It taught him how to work hard, and to enjoy what he does. Little did he know, he would someday be teaching in a very similar program in Northern Maine.
Jeff has the opportunity to experience several unique jobs and travel throughout the country as a result of his forestry career. He has worked as a forest technician for the US Forest Service in Idaho and Montana and have fought wildfires throughout the Northern Rockies. Possibly the most exciting position, was his summer as a ranger in Yellowstone National Park. After returning to the east and completing a master’s degree in Forestry, he returned to the Adirondacks for four years as an operations forester for a large land management company. These forestry career opportunities allowed him to spend most of his working hours outdoors in spectacular surroundings and on the weekends, enabled him to recreate in fantastic outdoor settings.
His professional skills dovetail with his personal life. Jeff is an outdoor enthusiast 365 days a year, with cross-country skiing being high on his priority list. If there is a trail nearby, he’s on it; running, skiing, mountain biking, road biking, backpacking, camping, or kayaking. Landscape photography is another hobby that meshes well with his work and personal activities. Jeff’s involvement in skiing has led to becoming an official and event organizer in the sport of biathlon, serving as chief of competition for numerous national level events, two World Cups and a World Championship. These experiences provided him opportunities to travel to Italy, Austria, and British Columbia, where he worked at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Since 1999, Jeff has been teaching forestry at UMFK. As a graduate of a two-year forestry program himself, he is committed to providing students with the technical skills needed for successful careers in forestry and related professions.
Jeff also serves as the Division Chair of Natural & Behavioral Sciences and Program Coordinator for Forestry.
Dr. Nicole Rogers has been an Assistant Professor of Forestry since 2018. She earned her BS in Forest Ecosystem Science and Conservation from UMaine in 2010. She then earned her MS in Sustainable Forest Management with a concentration in Forest Biometrics and Geomatics from Oregon State University in 2014. Dr. Rogers earned her Ph.D. in Natural Resources with a concentration in Quantitative Silviculture from the University of Vermont in 2019.
Dr. Rogers has conducted research for a variety of organizations, including the US Forest Service, Holt Research Forest, Coastal Mountains Land Trust, as well as worked as a graduate research assistant during her education.
Her research focuses on northern hardwood and mixed wood silviculture, with emphasis on forest regeneration. Dr. Rogers is also an active member of the Society of American Foresters (SAF). Currently, she is the vice-chair of the Maine SAF chapter and chair of the New England SAF Silviculture Working Group.
Dr. Rogers enjoys working with students in our living laboratories and encouraging women to pursue the sciences.