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Sometimes things are fine—until they’re not. A boat capsizes. A bridge collapses. The stock market takes an extreme turn.

These are examples of “catastrophe theory,” a tool in mathematics that can be used to describe a set of variables that combine, at a specific point, to completely… Read Article

As record numbers of people flock to parks in the wake of the pandemic, those who work there are thinking outside the box to keep them learning, engaged—and coming back.

About a year ago, as the country’s pandemic tolerance was reaching a breaking point. As vaccinations became more widespread,… Read Article

Data collected from a decade of sea turtle nests now sheds light on the larger population 

Mary Sheridan and Lauren Connolly are hunched over a tablet computer at 5:30 a.m., willing it to connect to the internet. Unfortunately, their powers are overwhelmed by the winds of the previous night’s… Read Article

Mike Kane has been wearing a lot of hats over the years. Often, he’s worn them at the same time. 

These dual experiences began early in his career as a graduate student, taking classes at North Carolina State University while working for the school’s Forest Fertilization Cooperative. The… Read Article

As high school graduation neared, Jeff Jordan (BSFR ’95, MFR ’97) figured he would follow in the footsteps of his father, who spent his career in the Marine Corps. 

But then his dad sat him down and explained that if he had to do it all over again, he might not choose the same path.… Read Article

There is perhaps a bit of irony in Matt Goff’s role as a vegetation manager.  

Trained in forestry and working after graduation as a procurement forester, his goal was to keep trees growing as tall and straight as possible. But after a few years traveling the traditional forestry route,… Read Article

On any given day, a range of issues might cross Wendi Weber’s desk. And by range, this could mean managing the country’s first marine national monument in the Atlantic, leading the multimillion-dollar Delaware River… Read Article

As his career took shape over the years, forestry is always where Alex Hinson found his footing. 

Raised on his family’s farm in South Carolina, his goal after college was to return home and run the family business. A growing part of this business involved timber production—something the… Read Article

If you’re looking for the most interesting path, just follow Walter Cook. 

The former parks, recreation and tourism management professor has… Read Article

When cities or counties institute plastic bag bans or fees, the idea is to reduce the amount of plastic headed to the landfill.    But a new analysis by a University of Georgia researcher finds these policies, while created with good intentions, may cause more plastic bags to be purchased in the… Read Article

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