Michael Todhunter

Michael G. Todhunter, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.


Michael Todhunter has spent 14 years in forest genetics research, industrial tree breeding research and project management. More specifically, he spent 5 of those years conducting research on genetics and physiology of black walnut trees, and 9 years of exotic species research, hardwood and southern pine improvement, and genetics research.

He spent the next 6 years as a statistical consultant and quality systems manager. He is currently President of the Mesa Consulting Group, Inc., which he founded in 1996. MCG's primary business is consulting and training in applied statistical methods and comprehensive quality management systems for both manufacturing and service industries.


  • B.S., Forest Management, University of Missouri at Columbia, December 1974. Graduated cum laude.
  • M.S., Forest Genetics, University of Missouri at Columbia, December 1976.
  • Ph.D., Forest Genetics, Purdue University, May 1981.


  • Xi Sigma Pi, National Forestry Honor Society
  • Gamma Sigma Delta, National Agricultural Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi, National Science Honor Society
  • University Scholar, University of Missouri at Columbia, 1972-1974
  • Curators' Scholar, University of Missouri at Columbia, 1971-1972
  • Phi Eta Sigma, National Honor Society


  • Beineke, W. F.; M. N. Todhunter. 1980. Successful black walnut grafting. Walnut Council Bulletin 7(1):10-12.

  • Beineke, W. F.; M. N. Todhunter. 1980. Grafting black walnut. Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service Bulletin FNR-105. 3p.

  • Buckner, J. L.; M. N. Todhunter. 1982. Analysis of nine-year-old sawtooth oak planted on two sites. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 36:647-655.

  • Chaney, W. R.; W. F. Beineke; L. J. Ross; M. N. Todhunter. 1980. Characterization of growth and wood properties of young hardwood tree species with potential for use in woody biomass energy plantations (Abstract). Sixth North American Forest Biology Workshop. pp. 134-135.

  • McKeand, S. E.; W. F Beineke; M. N. Todhunter. 1979. Selection age for black walnut progeny tests. North Central Tree Improvement Conference Proc. 1:68-73.

  • Melkonian, J. J.; M. N. Todhunter. 1985. Winter dry-weight gain in seedlings of eight half-sib loblolly pine families. IP Corp. Res. Center Tech. Res. Rept. No. CRC 85.621.R. l3p.

  • Todhunter, M. N. 1976. Seed production variables in jack pine. Unpublished MS. thesis. University of Missouri, Columbia. 90p.

  • Todhunter, M. N. 1981. Leaf area and photosynthesis - components of growth in black walnut (Juglans nigra L.) clones. Unpublished Ph.D. thesis. Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. 7lp.

  • Todhunter, M. N. 1984. The economic value of accelerated breeding. IP FP&R Tech. Rept. No. 8. 2p.

  • Todhunter, M. N. 1985. Fertilization increases sawtooth oak height growth. IP FP&R For. Note No. 25. 2p.

  • Todhunter, M. N.; W. F. Beineke. 1979. Effect of fescue on black walnut growth. Tree Planters' Notes 30(3):20-23.

  • Todhunter, M. N.; W. F Beineke. 1983 Effect of anthracnose on growth of grafted black walnut. Plant Disease 68:203-204.

  • Todhunter, M. N.; J. L. Buckner. 1983. Establishment and management of sawtooth oak for wildlife food plots. IP FP&R For. Note No. 10. 4p.

  • Todhunter, M. N.; S. E. McKeand; W. F. Beineke. 1979. A volume equation for seedling and sapling black walnut. Purdue Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin No. 197. 3p.

  • Todhunter, M. N.; R. B Polk. 1981. Seed and cone production in a clonal orchard of jack pine (Pinus banksiana Lamb). Canadian Journal of Forest Research 11(3):512-516.

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Published: 10 February 2006