Dr. Thomas E. Burk
College of Natural Resources
University of Minnesota
Thomas E. Burk is Professor of Forest Biometrics, Department of
Forest Resources, College of Natural Resources, University of
Minnesota. Prior to coming to the University of Minnesota in 1985,
he was on the forestry faculty at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and
State University for four years. He also has experience with the
U.S. Forest Service and has consulted with forestry industries and
agencies throughout the United States and Canada. Burk has a Ph.D.
in forest biometrics (1981) and an M.S. in statistics (1979) from the University
of Minnesota and received a B.S. in forestry from Iowa State
University in 1976.
Burk's research interests include computer modeling and simulation applied to natural resource systems, development of ecosystem change modeling methodology, use of auxiliary information in
sample survey design and analysis, and applications of computing
technology in natural resource management. He is author of over 120
technical publications including 40 refereed journal articles on these subjects. His teaching
responsibilities involve courses in biometrics and computer
applications and participation in the President's Distinguished
Faculty Mentor Program and the National Science Foundation's summer high school scholar program.
Burk is a member of a number of professional/honorary societies
including the Society of American Foresters in which he was the
National Chairman of the Biometrics Working Group. He has served on
the editorial boards of Forest Science, Canadian Journal of
Forest Research, Tree Physiology, Northern Journal of Applied Forestry,
and is currently an Associate Editor for Silva Fennica.. He has international research and
consulting experience in the Peoples Republic of China, Finland, and
Sweden. At the University of Minnesota he has chaired several computer-related committees including the Senate Committee on Computing and Information Systems and the President's Supercomputer Taskforce.