Advancing Interdisciplinary Forest Sciences
Forest management, a core discipline of our department for over 85 years, has become increasingly relevant to all sectors of society in a world of rapid environmental and social change. Globally, forests provide the traditional commodities of fuel, fiber and food to both developing and industrialized nations, and the essential ecosystem services of biodiversity, clean water and air, soil enrichment, and climate stabilization.
Within our department, we are well-positioned in interdisciplinary forest sciences, with broad expertise in forest management encompassing forest genetics and tree improvement, biotechnology, physiology and ecology, economics and policy, fisheries and wildlife, remote sensing/GIS and silviculture, among others. As core functions of forests are threatened by intentional and unintentional pressures placed upon forests by the rapidly growing human population and associated intensification of economic activity, land use change and unsustainable energy consumption.
As the land grant institution of North Carolina, these challenges provide both a mandate and an opportunity for the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources to enhance its leadership position as the go-to place for sustainability solutions in natural resources. To realize this mandate, our department is strengthening advanced research that informs forest conservation, ensures productive management and fosters the development of new silvicultural systems specific to the challenges of a changing world.
Forest Management Research Features
Colorado’s Famous Aspens Expected to Decline Due to Climate Change
NC State researchers predict quaking aspen trees will visibly decline along three scenic drives through Colorado's Rocky Mountains.
Scientists Pilot Drones in Effort to Save Trees From Invasive Beetle
NC State researchers are using drones to try to find ash trees with natural resistance to the emerald ash borer invasive pest.
Meet Our Forest Management Faculty
Interested in Forest Management research? Contact our faculty to learn more and get involved.
- Bob Abt, Professor Emeritus
- Bob Bardon, Professor
- Gary Blank, Associate Professor
- Rachel Cook, Associate Professor
- Jennifer Costanza, Research Associate Professor
- Jodi Forrester, Associate Professor
- Douglas Frederick, Professor Emeritus
- Tom Gower, Professor
- Josh Gray, Assistant Professor
- Dennis Hazel, Associate Professor Emeritus
- Gary Hodge, Professor
- Steph Jeffries, Assistant Professor
- Robert Jetton, Associate Professor
- John King, Professor
- Zakiya Leggett, Assistant Professor
- Katherine Martin, Assistant Professor
- Steve McKeand, Professor Emeritus
- Ross Meentemeyer, Professor
- Mark Megalos, Associate Professor
- Elizabeth Nichols, Professor
- Kevin Potter, Research Professor
- Leah Rathbun, Assistant Professor
- Joseph Roise, Professor
- Erin Sills, Professor