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A loblolly pine stand

Warnell is a leader in silviculture and forest biometrics, artificial intelligence, and remote sensing technologies. Our faculty and graduate students use new and emerging technology to develop ways of measuring and assessing our forests. This work leads to innovations in management practices, pest management, and disaster mitigation.

Areas of expertise and research include:

  • Biometrics
  • Drone technology
  • Machine learning
  • Forest products and bioenergy
  • Inventory
  • Operations
  • Planning and harvest scheduling
  • Policy
  • Silviculture
  • Sustainability analysis
  • Urban forestry

Graduate Degrees in Forestry

Warnell’s Forestry program combines the principles of ecology, silviculture, mensuration, economics, finance, statistics, and operations research in the decision-making process aimed at achieving the goals and objectives of the forest landowner. In particular, students may focus on GIS/remote sensing, forest inventory and assessment, harvest scheduling methodologies, and artificial intelligence technologies involving LiDAR, satellite imagery, and drone technology.

Through these advanced technologies and methods, our research improves understanding of the growth and development of forest populations and communities. Our graduates are in high demand across a range of forest-related industries.


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:

  Course ID Name Hours*
Required: FORS 6010/L Silviculture 4
  FORS 6610/L Forest Mensuration 4
  FORS 6620 Timber Management 4
Electives:   Forestry graduate coursework 22








*Total of 34 hours required for the area of emphasis.



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

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.

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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

Southern Forestry…

Forest harvesting logistics; forest business issues; engineering economic analysis; wood supply chain efficiency; fiber procurement; woody biomass utilization; environmental impacts and best management practices; workforce and safety issues; professional skills and career preparedness

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…

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 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.

Dr. Villari's main interests are the interactions among trees, fungal pathogens and insect herbivores, and related chemical ecology aspects, and she uses an interdisciplinary approach that involves ecological, metabolomic, and molecular analyses. In the course of her career, she has developed…

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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