Eric Turnblom

  • Associate Professor
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  • Eric Turnblom

    • Associate Professor

    Research areas

    B.S. (Honors), Forest Science, University of Illinois
    M.Sc., Forest Mensuration, University of British Columbia
    Ph.D., Forest Biometrics, University of Minnesota

    Research Interests:

    As an applied forest ecologist and forest biometrician, my primary field of interest is conducting research into ways and means of quantitatively describing, or modeling, forest stand dynamics outcomes resulting from silviculture—which refers to methods of promoting the establishment, health and growth of a forest to meet diverse needs and values.  I also  research how trees accumulate woody biomass and its distribution among the growing parts of the tree, wood quality, and natural resources inventory and measurement techniques. Much of this work plays into developing management tools to support sustainable forestry and to sustainably manage other natural resource dominated systems and economies.

    Eric Turnblom is currently accepting Master of Science and Ph.D. students. 



    • ESRM 304 | Environmental Resource Assessment (5) - Spring
    • ESRM 323 | Silviculture (5) - Autumn
    • ESRM 368 | Natural Resource Management (4) - Autumn

    Current Sponsored Projects

    • Stand Management Cooperative
      The goal of the Stand Management Cooperative (SMC) is to provide information and develop techniques that can be used in planning and evaluating stand management strategies. The project will collect, compile, and synthesize information on the effects of a range of treatments and treatment combinations on tree growth, stand development, product quality, and product value.

    Selected publications

    Bose, A., A. Weiskittel, C. Kuehne, R. Wagner, E. Turnblom, H. Burkhart. 2018. Does commercial thinning improve stand-level growth of the three most commercially important softwood forest types in North America? For Ecol & Mgt 409: 683-693 doi: 10.1016/j.foreco.2017.12.008  Link

    Gross, C., J. James, E. Turnblom, R. Harrison. 2018. Thinning treatments reduce deep soil carbon and nitrogen stocks in a coastal Pacific Northwest forest. Forests 9(5): 238-257 doi: 10.3390/f9050238Littke,  Link

    K., D. Zabowski, E. Turnblom, R. Harrison. 2018. Estimating Shallow Soil Available Water Supply for Douglas-fir Forests of the Coastal Pacific Northwest: Climate Change Impacts. Can Journal of For Res 48(4): 421-430  Link

    Hoibo, O., E. Turnblom. 2017. Models of Knot Characteristics in Young Coastal US Douglas-Fir: Are the Effects of Tree and Site Data Visibly Rendered in the Annual Ring Width Pattern at Breast Height? Forest Products Journal 67(1/2): 29-38.  Link

    Gehringer, K.R., E.C. Turnblom. 2014. Constructing a virtual forest: Using hierarchical nearest neighbor imputation to generate simulated tree lists. Can. J. For. Res. 44(7): 711-719.  Link