Robinson, Seri

Position Type: 
Job Title: 
Associate Professor of Anatomy of Renewable Materials
Wood Science & Engineering
Office Location: 

232 Richardson Hall

Phone Number: 
(541) 737-4329
Fax Number: 
(541) 737-3385
Ph.D., Forest Science (Wood Science), Michigan Technological University, 2010
M.S., Forest Science (Wood Science), Michigan Technological University, 2005
B.S., Criminal Justice/Art & Design - Woodworking, Northern Michigan University, 2003
Research Areas: 
  • Wood Identification and Characterization
  • Art, Architecture and Design
  • Forest-based Bio-Products
Research Interests: 
  • Applied Wood Mycology
  • Spalting
  • Wood Aesthetics
  • Wood Anatomy
Current/Recent Programs Development of fungal pigments for painting vascular plants and textiles.


Graduate Major Advisor
Courses Taught: 
  • WSE 211
    An introduction to scientific woodturning. Students will get a grounding in tools, lathes, sharpening, and set-up, and then will transition into turning basic forms (spindle and bowl). Particular relevance will be placed upon grain orientation, wood moisture content, wood anatomy, wood chemistry, wood species and extractive effects, and how all of these attributed affect both form and function. Class instruction will be entirely studio based.
  • WSE 413
    An in-depth look at how character in wood (figure, spalting, knots, etc.) affects machinability and output in both functional and aesthetic turning. Students will work with a wide range of spalted wood types and figure across numerous species while working on advanced turning forms. Particular emphasis will be placed upon how figure affects grain orientation, how spalting affects density and stability, and how the challenges with character wood can be overcome without specialty tools. Class instruction will be entirely studio based.
  • WSE 414
    For the final term of a student's last year in the Renewable Materials Industrial Design program, this course brings together the basic collaborative design elements and technical background of each student in the creation of collaborative design projects with the intention of giving students real-world, problem-based design experience.
Selected Publications: 
  1. Robinson, S.C., Tudor, D., Mansourian, Y., Cooper, P.A. The effects of several commercial wood coatings on the deterioration of biological pigments in wood exposed to UV light. Wood Science and Technology in press
  2. Robinson, S.C., Tudor, D., Snider, H., Cooper, P.A. 2012. Stimulating growth and xylindein production of Chlorociboria aeruginascens in agar-based systems. AMB Express 2(15).
  3. Robinson, S.C. 2012. Developing fungal pigments for ‘painting’ vascular plants. Invited submission. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 93(4):1389-1394.
  4. Robinson, S.C., Tudor, D., Cooper, P.A. 2012. Utilizing pigment-producing fungi to add commercial value to American beech (Fagus grandifolia). Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 93(3):1041-1048.
  5. Robinson, S.C., Tudor, D., Cooper, P.A. 2011. Feasibility of using red pigment producing fungi to stain wood for decorative applications. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 41:1722-1728.
  6. Robinson, S.C. 2011. Spalted Wood – Health and Safety. American Woodturner Journal August: 44-51.
  7. Robinson, S.C. 2011. Destroying uniformity: Using fungi to add a tactile and visual experience to functional wood. Leonardo Journal 44(2):145-151.
  8. Robinson, S.C. 2010. Spalted Wood. American Woodturner Journal December: 22-28.