Welcome to Forestry
Forestry is an ideal path for those interested in managing, protecting and conserving renewable natural resources. Our students master the biological, physical and social sciences through hands-on learning, state-of-the-art equipment and access to 12 million acres of forests.
DR. MCBROOM HELPS HIS STUDENTS TURN PASSION INTO ACTION
As a professor of forest hydrology, Dr. Matthew McBroom teaches his students how to convert what they learn in the classroom into real-world solutions in the field. His students are able to apply their knowledge and solve challenges that affect forest habitat and wildlife. Watch the full story.
URBAN FORESTER DEDICATES 30 YEARS TO THE CITY OF HOUSTON
When thinking of Texas' largest city, home to roughly 2.3 million people and booming aerospace, biotechnology, energy and manufacturing industries, it is unlikely that images of forests and lush green spaces immediately come to mind. However, thanks to Victor Cordova's '88 three decades of service as urban forester for the City of Houston, the sprawling metropolis is greener than ever.
NOBEL PRIZE WINNER. LUMBERJACK.
Prior to winning a Nobel Prize for her role in authoring the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s fourth assessment report, Dr. Virginia Burkett was a student pursuing a Ph.D. in forestry from SFA. Now, as chief scientist for climate and land use change for the U.S. Geological Survey, Burkett delivers scientific leadership for a number of USGS programs related to climate research.
Dr. Virginia Burkett, chief scientist for climate and land use change, U.S. Geological Survey
FROM SFA TO GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK
Vickie Mates has been a steward of our national parks for more than two decades and received a Master of Science in resource communications from SFA in 2006. As chief of interpretation and partnerships at Grand Teton National Park, Mates is tasked with directing the park division responsible for facilitating visitor connections to the ecological, historical, scientific, and cultural significance of a region that encompasses more than 10,000 years of human habitation.
Vickie Mates, chief of interpretation and partnerships at Grand Teton National Park
At SFA, we believe students benefit greatly from hands-on learning in and out of the classroom. Transformative experiences are at the core of our academic philosophy.
MEET OUR STUDENTS
Jake was named the 2019 Outstanding Student by the SFA Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society. He is currently working to establish a conservation leadership program for high school students.
As a forestry graduate student, Josué is conducting comprehensive economic and feasibility analyses of conservation methods being implemented around the world that may be successfully applied in Costa Rica.
Forest wildlife management student Julia Schmidt is president of Kappa Delta Chi, and she has been named to both the SFA Dean’s and President’s Lists. Julia hopes to work in conservation education programming.
Sally Shroyer is a Texas Master Naturalist involved in multiple on-campus organizations. She has worked with Dr. Rebecca Kidd to study tree radial growth responses to climatic and hydrologic disturbances.