Michelle Kaiser

Michelle Kaiser

Career Interests

Working Forest Manager, Urban Forestry, Forest Management, Community Forestry
Employment Sought:
Internships

Education

MASTER OF FORESTRY AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, Projected December 2018 
Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment
Course Work: GIS Fundamentals, Landscape Ecology, Forest Measurements, Statistics, Silviculture
 
BACHELOR OF NATURAL RESOURCESCum Laude, May 2016
The Ohio State University, School of Environment and Natural Resources
Course Work: Woody Plants Identification, Forest Ecosystems, Silviculture, Principals of Wildlife Ecology, Introduction to GIS, Wildlife Policy, Fireland Science and Management, Aquatic Invertebrates, Mammalian Biology, Avian Biology, Rural Sociology, Ohio Native Plants.
 
Honors and Research Distinction, “Successional History of an Urban Remnant Bottomland Forest and Options for Future Management”, Fall 2014-April 2016
Conducted an inventory of a remnant urban forest located about 2 miles north of Ohio State’s campus along the Olentangy River. Vegetative sampling and historical records were used to create a more comprehensive profile of the forest from before settlement and in the present day. From this information, management strategies were suggested to restore the forest to a more natural state or improve the quality of the current forest.    
 

Professional Experience

Forestry GIS Intern, Mason, Bruce and Girard Inc. Portland, OR
Provided GIS assistance for multiple projects over the course of the summer, completing landscape-scale analyses of forest data, slope data and LIDAR data. Worked with mobile data collection system to collect forestry data, compile it in Access, and communicate results in summary report to client. May 2017-August 2017
 
Duke Forest Operations Assistant
Assisting in a timber sale cruise, Stream Management Zone inventorying, and regeneration surveys. Conducted forest pest monitoring and will help implement deer spotlighting surveys. September 2016-Present 
 
China Study Abroad Forestry Research Trip, Liuzhou, China
Assessed the difference in understory diversity within three different forest types. Complied and analyzed datasets for tree and biodiversity data. Collaborated with local students and institutions, learning about different perspectives on forestry as well as local Chinese culture. May 2014
 
Sales Associate (May 2013-May 2016), Department Supervisor (May 2016-August 2016), Kohl’s Department Store
Managed the Home Department; supervising 3-4 employees and responsible for stock replenishment, merchandising and implementation of special projects. Acquired extensive Customer Service experience in diffusing volatile situations and working with people to reach satisfying conclusions for all parties involved. May 2013-August 2016

Additional Information

The Duke Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, President and Co-Chair, Feb 2017- Feb 2018

Boy Scouts of America Venture Crew 33, Secretary and Adult Leader, July 2014- July 2015

Skills

community-based management
forest management
GIS
project management

Graduation Date

Dec 2018

Languages

English

Preferred Location

Midwest
Southeast
West

Preferred Sector

Consulting
State / Local Government