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Chhin, Steve

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 at WVU Research Forest and Monongahela National Forest.


Dr. Chhin currently teaches FMAN 222 (Forest Mensuration) 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 that covers the principles of sustained yield forest management and ecosystem management.


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  1. Chhin, S., Zalesny Jr., R.S., Parker, W.C., and Brissette, J. 2018. Dendroclimatic analysis of white pine (Pinus strobus L.) using long-term provenance test sites across eastern North America. Forest Ecosystems, 5: Article #18.
  2. Premer, M.*, Chhin, S., and Zhang, J. 2017. Alternative approaches to mixed conifer forest restoration: Partitioning the competitive neighborhood. New Forests, 48: 801-816.
  3. Johnson, C.*, Chhin, S., and Zhang, J. 2017. Effects of climate on competitive dynamics in mixed conifer forests of the Sierra Nevada. Forest Ecology and Management, 394: 1-12.
  4. Chhin, S., and Wang, G. 2016. Climatic sensitivity of a mixed forest association of white spruce and trembling aspen at their southern range limit. Forests, 7: Article 235 (12 pages).
  5. 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.
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