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A loblolly pine stand

Warnell is a leader in silviculture and forest biometrics. Our faculty and graduate students use new and emerging technology to develop new ways of measuring and assessing our forests, leading to innovations in management practices, pest management, and disaster mitigation.

Graduate Degrees in Forestry



Forestry can be pursued under the MFR, MS, and PhD degree programs. To pursue Forestry as an official Area of Emphasis (MFR only), the following courses are required:

MFR Forestry requirements



For general questions about pursuing a graduate degree at Warnell, contact a member of the graduate team:

Dr. Jacek Siry, Graduate Coordinator
Office: 4-501
Phone: 706-542-3060

Kate deDufour, Graduate Program Administrator
Office: 1-217
Phone: 706-542-1183

Shira Hersonsky, Graduate Administrative Assistant
Office: 1-217
Phone: 706-542-1183

Prospective students should also contact faculty members for questions specific to this disciplinary area. Please check faculty members’ personal pages for information about their individual research interests and projects to ensure that you are contacting the most relevant ones.


Research Program Webpage

Combinatorial optimization

Development and testing of heuristic methods for addressing large-scale or complex forest planning problems.

GPS accuracy assessments

Mapping and recreation-grade GPS unit assessments. Whitehall Forest GPS test site…

My research interests include more traditional biometry topics, such as volume, taper, and weight equations derived for various species and regions; statistical sampling and inventory issues; and the impacts of various silvicultural treatments on stand development. Further, I have more wide…

Forest Herbicides Invasive Plant Management Prescribed Fire Pine and Hardwood Regeneration Forest Restoration Forest Management

I conduct research in forest operations with a focus on timber harvesting efficiency and delivered wood cost. The goal of my research is to generate data that will help forest managers implement their management plans efficiently and allow timber harvesting professionals to harvest and deliver …

Forest Economics, Policy, and Governance Forest Certification Woody Feedstocks for Bioenergy Development Life-Cycle Assessment of Wood Products Forest Modeling at Landscape Level Minorities Forest Landowners Regional Markets of Wood and Timber Products

Patterns of invasion by non-native insects;  Community ecology;  Insect-plant interactions; Effects of forest disturbances on insects


My scientific interests are directed at quantifying how nutrient and hydrologic cycles control the chemistry of forest soils, drainage waters, and forest productivity. My research focuses on the management of the soil resource in an effort to maximize forest growth and to maintain ecosystem…

Current Research Areas

- Pine tip moth phenology and management

- Environmental effects of pesticide use in forests

- Hemlock woolly adelgid

- Aquatic insects





In vitro propagation of forest trees Somatic embryogenesis in forest trees Biotechnology for restoration of threatened tree species

Precision Forestry

Remote sensing quantification of vegetation 

Forest biomass/forest carbon

Leaf area index/vegetation indices

Timber market modeling, international forestry and conservation, forest management efficiency, multiple-use natural resource management.

Interactions among trees, fungal pathogens and insect herbivores; Symbioses between bark beetles and blue-stain fungi;  Secondary metabolism of trees

Growth and Yield Modeling; Ecological Modeling; Advanced Statistical Analysis; Sampling Techniques; Forest Inventory; Quantitative Management; Quantitative Silviculture; Biomass Production and Carbon Sequestration

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