Marcella Windmuller-Campione

Dept. of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota



As an Assistant Professor in the Department of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Windmuller-Campione explores topics of silviculture, adaptive management, forest ecology, stand and plant community dynamics, and forest regeneration dynamics. Specifically, she explores how traditional and alternative silvicultural approaches can be used to increase forest resistance and resilience to current and future threats. Windmuller-Campione mentors graduate students in the Natural Resources Science and Management and Conservation Sciences programs at the University of Minnesota.


Dr. Windmuller-Campione also teaches core courses in the Forest and Natural Resource Management major and the Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management major.  In these courses she focuses on active learning by utilizing a flipped classroom, where students listens to lectures outside of class and participated in activities like group assignments, paper discussions, and presentations during the traditional class time.  This allow for greater retention of material and engagement between students.  Additionally, she is the Co-Director of the first module for the National Advanced Silvicultural Program (NASP) a two week, graduate level course for federal employees to become certified silviculturists.


From 2011 to 2015, Dr. Windmuller-Campione was a graduate research assistant at Utah State University where she was worked with Dr. Jim Long and members of the Interior West Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program to explore how structure and composition varied along ecological gradients across the Intermountain West.  Additionally, she explored how alternative silvicultural treatments could increase resistance and resilience to aggressive bark beetles (mountain pine beetle and spruce beetle).  She was a graduate research assistance and teaching assistance at Michigan Technological University, where her work focused on herbaceous species response to silvicultural treatments in northern hardwood forests.  Her works span numerous forest ecosystems across North America.