The School of Forest Resources & Conservation is a unit within the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS). We are home to three distinct, yet integrated, program areas: Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Forest Resources and Conservation, and Geomatics. Our faculty, staff, and students conduct research, teaching, and extension that cuts across a wide range of environments and disciplines.

What’s Happening

After more than 30 years with the School of Forest Resources & Conservation, Dr. Tim White is retiring in May 2016. We have accomplished amazing things under his leadership for the past 13 years and we are grateful for his service. The search for a new Director is currently underway! View the position description and other information.

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Fire is essential to maintain Florida’s native ecosystems, to manage production forests in the Southeast U.S., and to reduce wildfire risks. SFRC currently seeks to hire an Assistant Professor of Fire Science who will conduct research on applied fire science management as related to both prescribed fire and wildfires, teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students in fire science and management, and collaborate with others who work to understand and manage fire-adapted ecosystems in Florida and elsewhere.

SFRC is home to a Interdisciplinary Studies major in Marine Sciences! Our Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences program is one of the key hosts of this flexible major, and students interested in marine fish and wildlife, aquatic environments, and ecological processes are able to join the program beginning Summer B 2012. For more information, contact Dr. Shirley Baker.

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Forest ecosystems face increasing and emerging threats, including non-native invaders, resurgence of native diseases and pests, climate and land use changes, and the synergistic effects of these challenges combined. New hires will help meet the multi-faceted forest health challenge by seamlessly combining new experts and approaches with existing expertise, in order to guide management decisions and policy recommendations toward increased forest resilience.

Professionals looking to obtain advanced degrees in their fields can now earn non-thesis Master’s degrees and graduate certificates entirely online through SFRC graduate programs. We offer coursework in Ecological Restoration, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Natural Resource Policy & Administration, and Geomatics through distance education and at competitive tuition rates, even for non-resident or international students.

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