Rob Slesak

Director of Applied Research and Monitoring
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Rob has worked for the Minnesota Forest Resources Council since 2008. He is responsible for evaluation and development of Minnesota’s Forest Management Guidelines, assessing their implementation and effectiveness with monitoring and research, and conducting research to address existing and emerging threats to sustainable forest management. Rob has extensive experience addressing complex forest resource issues including the identification of information needs for efficient and effective solutions to the challenges of sustainable forest management. Rob is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota, and faculty member of the Natural Resource Science and Management graduate program.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. 2008, Forest Soil Science, Oregon State University
  • M.S. 2004, Forest Ecosystem Science, SUNY-ESF
  • B.S. 2002, Forest Resources Management, SUNY-ESF

Areas of expertise

  • Sustainable forest practices
  • Intensive forest management
  • Forest soils
  • Applied forest ecology
  • Hydrology

Areas of interest

  • Influence of potential stressors (e.g., forest management, climate change, invasive species) on ecosystem functions
  • Development of practices and strategies to maintain ecosystem functions
  • Evaluating plant-available nutrient pools
  • Assessing spatial and temporal variation in forest soil properties
  • Designing research with application as a primary objective
  • Scaling findings from the site to the regional scale
Updated 2019-10-14