Health and Protection
Tree growth and the development of forest stands are both controlled by a complex suite of biological and physical factors. The primary goal of the Forest Biology program is to generate and maintain healthy, productive forests by studying basic biological processes that influence forest development and function. The interaction of these processes with each other and with the physical environment also are studied by many of our faculty. Areas of specialization within Forest Biology include biotechnology, ecology, genetics, physiology, silviculture and soils. Integration of areas is encouraged. Advanced degrees in these areas can lead to careers in government, university and industrial research, and when appropriate, to careers in forest land management. Interdisciplinary programs combining forest resources with other fields, such as plant sciences, biochemistry, or genetics, also are available.