Melissa Thomas-Van Gundy, USDA Forest Service

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Melissa grew up in New Holland, PA and earned a bachelor's at Davis and Elkins College and master's at SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry. After 16 years on the Monongahela National Forest as a forester and ecologist, she joined the Northern Research station as a research forester in 2006 and is stationed in Parsons, W. She returned to graduate school and earned a PhD in forestry in 2011 from West Virginia University. Her current research includes the use of witness trees in land surveys as a source of ecological data and the use of prescribed fire as a silvicultural tool.