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Chhin, Sophan

Assistant Professor of Quantitative Forest Management

Dr. Steve Chhin is an Assistant Professor in the Forest Resources Management Program in the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources at West Virginia University and specializes in the area of quantitative forest management. Prior to joining WVU in December 2016, Dr. Chhin was on the faculty at Michigan State University and also provided outreach and leadership by serving as the President of the Michigan Forest Foundation. Dr. Chhin received his Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, which is located in western Canada near the Rocky Mountains.

The general goal of his research program is to contribute to the sustainable management of forest resources by utilizing quantitative tools to provide a mechanistic understanding of how forest management practices and environmental factors influence above-ground forest productivity and forest regeneration. He is particularly interested in helping to ensure that forests are resilient to climate change and changes in forest disturbance agents including fire, insects, and fungal pathogen. He has conducted research in a number of forest related biomes in North America, Africa, and Asia. Dr. Chhin is excited to be back working in mountain forests and starting new projects in West Virginia, initially in Coopers Rock State Forest and Monongahela National Forest.

Dr. Chhin currently teaches FMAN 222 (Forest Mensuration) in the spring semesters that covers measurements of trees and logs, forest inventory sampling techniques, and tree and forest growth models. Dr. Chhin will also teach FMAN 433 (Forest Management) which is a pre-capstone course taught in the fall semesters that covers the principles of sustained yield forest management and ecosystem management. Dr. Chhin will eventually offer a graduate level course focused on advanced forest biometrics.

Select Publications

  1. Finley, K., Chhin, S., and Nzokou, P. 2016. Effects of climate on the radial growth of white ash infested with emerald ash borer. Forest Ecology and Management , 379: 133-145.
  2. Finley, K., Chhin, S., Nzokou, P., and O’Brien, J. 2016a. Use of near-infrared spectroscopy as an indicator of emerald ash borer infestation in white ash stem tissue. Forest Ecology and Management, 366: 41-52.
  3. Chhin, S., and O’Brien, J. 2015. Dendroclimatic analysis of red pine affected by Diplodia shoot blight in different latitudinal regions in Michigan. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 45: 1757-1767.
  4. Magruder, M., Chhin, S., Palik, B., and Bradford, J. 2013. Thinning increases climatic resilience of red pine. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 43: 878-889.
  5. Mbow, C., Chhin, S., Sambou, B., and Skole, D. 2013. Potential of dendrochronology to assess annual rates of biomass productivity in savanna trees of West Africa. Dendrochronologia, 31: 41-51.
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