This is a 9‐month (0.75‐EFT), tenure‐track, 50% teaching, 50% research appointment offered at the rank of Assistant Professor. This position reports directly to the Dean of the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources (Warnell School) and is located in Athens, GA. The successful candidate will be expected work with Langdale Center faculty to continue and expand a nationally recognized program in forest operations within the Harley Langdale Jr. Center for Forest Business (www.ugacfb.com).
See more in the job announcement
This year’s Timberland Investment Conference, held at the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island was a great success with a variety of industry topics covered in the presentations and represented by the diverse backgrounds of the group of attendees. The conference, titled “Timberland: An Asset That Has Come of Age: 30 Years of Serving Timberland Investors, Where Do We Go From Here?”, was organized by Langdale Center for Forest Business professors Tom Harris, Bob Izlar, Dr. Richard Mei and Dr. Jacek Siry. We had 24 students from the Center make the trip down to participate. The conference started off with a panel discussion titled “What will the investing landscape look like in 2030?” and this future-looking trend continued throughout many of the subsequent presentations.
A number of perspectives on the future were covered, including increased specialization within the timber investment sphere, the possibility for additional revenue streams to timberland owners through compensation for non-market services (carbon, water), demand shifts towards Asia and increased use of financial instruments in timberland investing. Another topic, the economic outlook for the US economy, included discussion on factors affecting the recovery of the economy and the role of the Fed in speeding up the economy’s recovery.
Overall, the event was a great update on what’s going on in timberland investments, accompanied by delicious food prepared by the hotel and the nice scenery of Florida’s Atlantic coast. The next conference will again be held at the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island, Florida, March 1-3, 2017.
Recently, a group of 9 faculty and graduate students from the Center for Forest Business journeyed out to Portland, Oregon to attend the International Forestry Center’s annual “Who Will Own the Forest?” conference. A diverse group of presenters and panels from across the industry discussed a broad range of topics including key drivers of timberland value, issues that the industry is or will soon be facing and the dynamic opportunities that exist in timberland investment. We also had the pleasure of hearing from our very own Dean, Dr. Mike Clutter, as he discussed the historical changes in timberland investment and the cultivation of future timberland managers. Below are a few pictures from the trip.
Hi, I’m Andrew Carroll and I’m taking over as the new webmaster for the Center for Forest Business website. Just to give you a little background about myself, I previously graduated from UGA with undergraduate degrees in Economics and History, and I’m currently working on a Master’s of Forest Resources degree here at Warnell.
My main objective will be keeping you up-to-date on current events and the exploits of the team here at the Center for Forest Business, as well as keeping you informed about additions and improvements to this site. One new feature we’ve added to the website is a Give button located on the right side of the top menu bar. Your donations help support students and research and the mission of the Center for Forest Business. I am on a Center funded assistanship here at Warnell and your donations help support my education. I certainly appreciate your support, as do the rest of our students and faculty.
Take a look at the list below for upcoming updates, events and announcements. We’re only a few weeks into the semester and there are already quite a few exciting things in the works.
- An updated Student Directory
- Information on the Plum Creek CEO Roundtable we will be hosting
- The Plum Creek Golf Tournament
- Renaming of the Center for Forest Business
- Plans for the Timberland Investment Conference to be held February 18-20, 2015 on Amelia Island
- New Student Bio’s.
Graduate Research Assistantship: One Ph.D. graduate assistantship is immediately available starting in Fall 2014 or Spring 2015 at the Center for Forest Business, Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, University of Georgia. Research will concentrate on timber prices modeling and forecasting, and timber market analysis using data from Timber Mart-South and Wood Demand Research Program. Student will be responsible for organizing and analyzing data, preparing technical reports, and drafting peer-reviewed publications. Student also will serve as teaching assistants for a variety of finance and economics classes at Warnell School and Terry College of Business.
Stipend: This Ph.D. research assistantship includes a stipend of approximately $19,539/year for up to 4 years and a tuition waiver. Student will pay miscellaneous fees (about $1,117/semester) to the University.
Application: Please contact Drs. Mike Clutter or Richard Mei via email with your personal statement, CV, copies of academic transcripts, GRE scores, and three letters of reference. International students whose first language is not English must submit TOEFL scores as well. Details of the graduate program at Warnell including the application process and requirements can be found at http://warnell.uga.edu/grad/index.php
Qualifications: Passion for forest business and management. Bachelor’s degree in statistics, economics, finance, or forestry is preferred. Master’s degree in applied economics is recommended. Quantitative skills are strongly desired. Student must be able to work as part of a team and be willing to collaborate with others at the Center for Forest Business on related research projects.
Dr. Mike Clutter
Dean & Professor, Forest Finance & Management
Tel: (706) 542 4741 Fax: (706) 542 2281
Dr. Richard Mei
Assistant Professor, Forest Finance & Economics
Tel: (706) 542 5448 Fax: (706) 542 8356
University of Georgia: The University of Georgia (www.uga.edu) is a land grant/sea grant institution comprised of 16 schools and colleges founded in 1785. It has approximately 34,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.
Daniel B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources: The Warnell School (www.warnell.uga.edu) is a professional school with 54 faculty, 200 undergraduates, and 174 graduate students, founded in 1905. The School offers Bachelor of Science, Master of Forest Resources, Master of Natural Resources, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Majors in the School include forestry, fisheries and wildlife, natural resources recreation and tourism, and water and soil resources. The School has a 740-acre forest less than 10 minutes from campus and 23,000 acres of forestland across the state for teaching and research.
Center for Forest Business: The Center (www.ugacfb.com), housed in the Warnell School, was established in 1997 to integrate the business aspects of forest production and processing with the biological and ecological expectations of sustainable production. The Center provides timely, relevant education, research and service programs to business and industry leaders, forest landowners, and students. Its mission is to provide national leadership in education, research and service to forest industry and private landowners in these areas: the integration of sound forest business principles and practices with contemporary biological and quantitative methods to achieve sustainable forest production; the investigation of forest resources and forest industry alternatives that are economically competitive in the global marketplace; and the proposal of market-based solutions to forest resource problems and opportunities.
The last year has been a busy one at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. The CFB welcomed a number of new students to its ranks, all seeking the Masters in Forest Resources (MFR) degree. The student directory link at the top of the page is a great place to get to know everyone.
The Southeastern division of the Society of American Foresters held their annual meeting in Panama City Beach this past week, and a number of the students and faculty were in attendance.
The meeting was a great success, bringing together students from all of the major forestry programs across the South East. In addition to this, the meeting featured presentations by a number of leading researchers in their fields, ranging from soils and hydrology to finance and economics. Topics relevant to today’s foresters were well presented and extremely informative, with new operational techniques and forward looking economic considerations each receiving ample attention.
We hope to see you at next year’s meeting.
This May saw a number of current Masters of Forest Resources students attending the school’s annual field camp.
The camp comprises of three weeks split by subject area:
- Week 1: Operations
- Week 2: Silviculture
- Week 3: Mensuration
During the operations week, the students visited a number of sites in Alabama. Logging operations, mills and manufacturing facilities were all on the menu. Our hosts were incredibly welcoming and put up well with the barrage of questions that the students fired their way.
The silviculture week exposed the students to a number of systems that differ greatly from what we may consider typical down in loblolly pine country. Longleaf regeneration and management near Savannah, a stop off at the Cradle of Forestry and a comprehensive look at hardwood management for different landowner objectives filled up the week pretty quickly. We also stopped off for a lesson on prescribed burning in the Tallulah Gorge National Forest that was especially interesting.
Right as summer arrived we started mensuration week with a short drive to a Warnell owned forest. Armed with cruising gear and brush-pants, the students spent the week marking off sample plots and surveying stands in a variety of growth stages. Too early for blueberries this year, everyone had to make do with packed lunches. I believe the record this year stands at 84 ticks found one one person in a single day.
Field camp provided an excellent primer for students that are newer to forestry, while giving those more experienced a chance to delve deeper into the industry by exposing them to some of the best operations, silvicultural systems and surveying practices in North America.
“The University of Georgia’s Center for Forest Business has launched plans for another Timberland Investment Conference to be held in 2015.
The 2013 edition of the conference attracted 500 attendees and Bob Izlar, the director of the Center, explains why people are attracted to a forestry investment conference run by an academic institution.” – Southem
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