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Dr. Cristian Montes

Associate Professor, Natural Resources Biometrics
Co-Director Plantation Management Research Cooperative
UGA Site Director NSF Center for Advanced Forestry Systems

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Education and Employment

1989 – 1995 Forest Engineering from Universidad Austral de Chile
1995 – 1996 Worked for Forestal Valdivia as research forester and mensuration.
1996 – 1999 Worked for Bioforest, as research leader in silvicultural management and nutrition.
1999 – 2001 Master of Science from North Carolina State University
2001 – 2005 Worked for Bioforest as Site Productivity Division Leader
2005 – 2008 PhD at North Carolina State University
2009 – 2011 Division Manager for Site Productivity at Bioforest S.A.
2011 – 2015 Division Manager for Silviculture and Genetics at Bioforest S.A.
2015 – Associate Professor in Natural Resources Biometrics at Warnell, UGA

Early 90s:
Finished forest Engineering at Austral University in Valdivia-Chile. His thesis thopic was the development of a silvicultural tasks planning system using linear, non-linear and integer programming. The system was later adopted by several forest companies in Chile as their major silvicultural tasks planning tool.
Late 90s: 
Worked for forest company and started research program in Bioforest, the research branch from Arauco, the largest pine producer and second larges eucalyptus producer in South America.
Early 2000:
Went to Raleigh, North Carolina for his Masters. His thesis thopic was the development of a Decision Support System for Loblolly Pine. The system is still used by the members of the Forest Productivity Cooperative.
Returned to Chile as the new Site Productivity Division Leader starting the Precision Silviculture Project, which included the development of silvicultural prescriptions using spatially explicit soil and climatic variables.
Went back to Raleigh, NC to do his PhD. The Dissertation topic was a growth and yield model using environmental variables as main drivers. This system is being implemented as the new growth and yield tool for managing forests in Chile.
Back in Chile, he developed the research program with Arauco for Nurseries, Silviculture and Genetics as the new Division Manager for Silviculture and Genetics.
Recently in 2015 accepted the position of Associate Professor in Natural Resources Biometrics at the Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, working together with the Plantation Management Research Cooperative, the Center for Forest Business and the Wood Quality Consortium.