Carl W Mize

Professor Emeritus

Carl W. Mize is Professor Emeritus of Forestry in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management. His research interests include forest growth and yield, modeling the effect of agricultural field shelterbelts on crop production, and forest biometry. The collection contains biographical information and copies of Mize's papers. The papers include research on hardwood tree species, tropical tree species, street-tree species, fungi research, and the effects of tree shelterbelts on agricultural production in the Midwestern United States.

Dr. Mize has been a member of the Department of Forestry at ISU since 1977.


His research interests lie in the area of forest biometry, forest growth and yield, and agroforestry. He is currently conducting research on modeling the impacts of field shelterbelts on crop production and on growth and yield of hybrid Poplars and other fast growing trees on floodable and highly erodible soils in Iowa.

  • Mize, C. and P. Negreros-Castillo. In Press. Stand and species growth of a tropical forest in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Journal of Sustainable Forestry.
  • Delate, K., E. Holzmueller, D. Frederick, C. Mize and C. Brummer. 2005. Tree establishment and growth using forage ground covers in an alley-cropped system in Midwestern USA. Agroforestry Systems Journal 65:43-52.
  • Mize, C., M. Egeh, and W. Batchelor. 2005. Predicting corn and soybean production in a sheltered field. Agroforestry Systems 64:107-116.
  • Zhou, X.H., J.R. Brandle, C.W. Mize, and E.S. Takle. 2005. Three-dimensional aerodynamic structure of a tree shelterbelt: Definition, characterization and working models. Agroforestry Systems 63:133-147.
  • C. Mize, J. Brandle, M. Schoeneberger, and G. Bentrup. In Press. Ecological function, development, and design of shelterbelt systems in North America. Invited paper submitted for First World Agroforestry Congress.
  • Mize, C, J Colletti, W Batchelor, JS Kim, E Takle, and J Brandle. In Press. Modeling a field shelterbelt system. Invited paper submitted to Journal of Crop Production.
  • Negreros-Castillo P, LK Snook, CW Mize. 2003. Regenerating mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) from seed in Quintana Roo, Mexico: The effects of sowing method and clearing treatment. Forest Ecology and Management 183:351-362.
  • Negreros-Castillo, P. and C. Mize. 2003. Enrichment planting of Swietenia macrophylla (big leaf mahogany) and Cedrela odorata (Spanish cedar) in Quintana Roo, Mexico. In Big-Leaf Mahogany: Genetics, Ecology, and Mangement, eds. A. E. Lugo, J. C. Figueroa Colon, M. Alayon, pp 278-287, Ecological Studies, Vol. 159, Springer-Verlag, New York.
  • Zhou, X., J. Brandle, E. Takle and C. Mize. 2002. Estimation of the three-dimensional aerodynamic structure of a green ash shelterbelt. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 111: 93-108.
  • Cruse, R., R. Mier, and C. Mize. 2001. Surface residue effects on erosion of thawing soils. SSSAJ 65:178-184.
  • Qi, X., C. Mize, W. Batchelor, E. Takle, I. Litvina. 2001. SBELTS: A model of soybean production under tree shelter. Agroforestry Systems 52:53-61
  • Cruse, R., B. Berghoefer, C Mize, and M. Ghaffarzadeh. 2000. Water drop impact angle and soybean protein amendment effects on soil detachment. Soil Society of America Journal 64:1474-1478
  • Morris, M., P. Negreros-Castillo, and C. Mize. 2000. Sowing date, shade, and irrigation affect big-leaf mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla King). Forest Ecology and Management 132:173-181.
  • Compton, M., and C. Mize. 1999. Statistical considerations for in vitro research: I - birth of an idea to collecting data. In Vitro Cell. Dev. Biol.-Plant 35:115-121.
  • Mize, C., K. Koehler, and M. Compton. 1999. Statistical considerations for in vitro research: II - Data to Presentation. In Vitro Cell. Dev. Biol.-Plant 35:122-126.
  • Sui, Y., M. Thompson, C. Mize. 1999. Redistribution of biosolids-derived total P applied to a mollisol. Journal of Environmental Quality 28:1068-1074.
B.A., Math and Chemistry, Brockport State University, 1969
M.S., Forest Ecology, Humboldt State College, 1973
Ph.D., Quantitative Silviculture, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, SUNY, 1977