Forest Forensics: Ghosts on the Landscape

Thursday evenings 7 to 8 p.m.
Oct. 22 through Nov. 5, 2020

Join us for the family friendly series as we take a closer look at the traces, or ghosts, of the effects of geology, climate and human influence on Michigan landscapes. After attending the series, participants will have the knowledge to recognize these ghostly clues and the skills to determine if the landscape feature is natural or a remnant of historic human use.

Session Descriptions:

  • Thursday, October 22: Ecosystem Explorers: Historical climactic and geological influence on forests
  • Thursday, October 29: Human influences on forests
  • Thursday, November 5: Forest Forensics with Tom Wessels, author of "Forest Forensics: A Field Guide to Reading the Forested Landscape"

The series will be delivered online via Zoom. The cost is free. Upon registration you may attend as many webinars in the series as desired. Registered participants will also receive a link to a website where the recorded educational sessions will be housed.

Registration for Forest Forensics: Ghosts on the Landscape is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on November 5, 2020.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For information, contact Julie Crick at or Georgia Peterson at