Integrated Graduate Education and Research in Neotropical Working Forests

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The paucity of adequately educated leaders hampers programs in international forestry and sustainable development, where an ability to function effectively across cultures and disciplines is a prerequisite for success. With support from the National Science Foundation, the University of Florida is launching a graduate education and research program focused on neotropical working forests. The program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum to train doctoral students to research the tradeoffs and complementarities among working forest options, the effectiveness of different kinds of working forests for conservation and development, and efforts to promote forest management and conservation in neotropical regions. Increasing the ability of both the University of Florida and participating Latin American institutions to conduct truly collaborative, interdisciplinary research and training is an explicit program goal.

Keywords: environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; interdisciplinary research; international forestry; natural resource management; natural resources; sustainability

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Associate Professor School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, PO Box 110760 Gainesville, FL, 32611-0760, 2: Assistant Professor School of Forest Resources and Conservation and Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida, Gainesville, 3: Professor Department of Botany, University of Florida, Gainesville, 4: Professor Center for Latin American Studies and Department of Anthropology, University of Florida, Gainesville, 5: Professor Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville,

Publication date: September 1, 2003

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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