Hodges Will Serve with the International Union of Forest Research Organizations


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Don Hodges, James R. Cox professor of forest economics and management, has been elected to a five-year term to the Board of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO). Photo by H. Inman, courtesy UTIA. Download image​​



KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Donald Hodges, James R. Cox professor of forest economics and management with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, has been elected to a five-year term (2019-2024) to the Board of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), the world’s largest forestry research organization. His term will begin at the organizations’ World Congress, scheduled for Sept. 29 – October 5 in Curitiba, Brazil.

IUFRO was established in 1892 in Germany and has grown into an international organization of some
15,000 scientists from more than 110 countries. IUFRO’s many participants promote global collaboration of forestry research and enhance understanding of the ecological, economic and social aspects of forests and trees.

Hodges will also serve as Coordinator of IUFRO Division 4, which specializes in resource inventory and informatics, forest management planning and economics, and monitoring technology. With representatives around the globe, Division 4 further supports collaborative research efforts and maintains communication between working groups and the IURFO board.

“IUFRO offers a great opportunity for our faculty to connect with researchers across the globe for collaborative research and education. Serving on the board will allow me to contribute to the future of IUFRO, as well as provide our department with avenues for expanding our global impact,” says Hodges.

Hodges, who earned his B.S. in forestry from the University of Tennessee and M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, has served as a faculty member in the UT Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries since 1999. Before his appointment at UT, Hodges worked for the USDA Forest Service and served as a faculty member at the University of New Hampshire, Mississippi State University and Tulane University.

Hodges was named a Fulbright Teaching and Research Scholar to Slovenia in 2011 and continues to work with scientists from the University of Ljubljana and the Slovenian Forestry Institute. He has hosted four scientists from Slovenia at Tennessee, and forestry students from UT have traveled to Slovenia on two occasions to conduct research with students and scientists. He co-teaches a doctoral research methods course every spring at the University of Ljubljana with their faculty.

The Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries is part of the Herbert College of Agriculture, UT AgResearch and UT Extension at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. The curricula focus on a mastery learning approach, emphasizing practical, hands-on experiences. FWF’s faculty, staff and students conduct research and extension that advances the science and sustainable management of our natural resources. For more information, visit
fwf.tennessee.edu.

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Contact:

Kristy Keel-Blackmon, communications specialist, UTIA Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, 865-974-8342, kristyak@utk.edu​




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