Kyle earned his M.S. (2014) in Natural Resources Science and Management, and B.S. (2007) in Environment and Natural Resources, from the University of Minnesota. For his M.S. thesis, he investigated forest development, dynamics, and relationship to climate of jack pine-dominated forests (FDc12, FDc23, and FDc24) in Minnesota’s central floristic region. Kyle became CFC’s forest manager in December of 2015, looking to build an active forest management and research program that focuses on forests as complex adaptive systems. He believes that actively managing forests using techniques that mimic natural forest development is the best method of preservation and conservation while promoting the capacity for resilience and adaptation to changes in climate and other forms of abiotic, biotic and human-caused uncertainty. In his free time, he enjoys many outdoor recreational activities, including skijoring, cross-country skiing, and wilderness exploration, and philosophizing about life’s great and simple questions.