Master of Forestry

Vision

Forests are managed for a broad variety of goods and services, in an increasingly complicated context of changing climate, land use pressures, global markets, and conflicting cultural values. Our aim is to train foresters to work effectively on the emerging frontiers in forest management, with a skillset grounded in practical field skills and augmented by cutting-edge tools for geospatial analysis, multi-resource assessment, and finance.

Curriculum

As accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF, www.safnet.org), the curriculum for the MF includes coursework toward five core competencies:  forest ecology and biology, measurement of forest resources, forest management, forest policy and administration, and professional ethics. Within these categories, students customize their course selections to emphasize particular resources (e.g., forest hydrology, wildlife) or analytic approaches (e.g., geospatial analysis, finance). Field trips are an essential element of the curriculum, especially featuring the Duke Forest adjacent to campus. 

Your Future

Students graduating with the MF degree work in a variety of sectors:  private/industrial forestry, state and federal agencies, nonprofits such as land trusts that steward working forests, and in private consulting.  Joint-degree students who complement the MF with a MEM degree are especially competitive in the job market. 

 

Participating Faculty

Nicolette Cagle
Lecturer
nicolette.cagle@duke.edu
Patrick N. Halpin
Associate Professor of Marine Geospatial Ecology
(919) 613-8062
phalpin@duke.edu
Lynn A. Maguire
Professor of the Practice of Environmental Decision Analysis
(919) 613-8034
lmaguire@duke.edu
Ram Oren
Nicholas Professor of Earth System Science
(919) 613-8032
ramoren@duke.edu
Sari Palmroth
Associate Research Professor
(919) 613-8089
sari.palmroth@duke.edu
Subhrendu K. Pattanayak
Professor of Public Policy and Environmental Economics
(919) 613-9306
subhrendu.pattanayak@duke.edu
John Randolph Poulsen
Assistant Professor of Tropical Ecology
(919) 668-4060
john.poulsen@duke.edu
Daniel D. Richter
Professor of Soils and Forest Ecology
(919) 613-8031
drichter@duke.edu
Jennifer J. Swenson
Associate Professor of the Practice of Geospatial Analysis
(919) 668-0606
jswenson@duke.edu
Dean L. Urban
Professor of Landscape Ecology
(919) 684-6999
deanu@duke.edu
Rebecca L. Vidra
Lecturer
(919) 613-8199
rebecca.vidra@duke.edu
Jeffrey Vincent
Clarence F. Korstian Professor of Forest Economics and Management
(919) 613-8025
jeff.vincent@duke.edu