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Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 24, Section 2
Foresters, Forests and Forestry (1 unit, P/NP)
Professor Kevin O'Hara
Monday 3:00-4:00, 332 Giannini Hall, Class number: 23436

Food for Thought What is forestry and what does a forester do? These are the central questions to be explored in this seminar. Forests cover much of the terrestrial surface of our planet and provide the habitat for much of the world's wildlife diversity. It is important that forests be sustained to provide these values in the future. Foresters play a key role in sustaining forests by understanding how forest ecosystems function and how they can be managed to sustain the many ecosystem services they provide. We will take a historical look at the role of foresters and discuss how a forester isn’t someone who gives tours in a national park or lives in a lookout tower. The modern forester understands how forests change over time and the potential effects of climate change and increasing human populations on forests and forestry. This seminar will include a mixture of readings, videos, and discussions to explore what forestry is. Intended for first-year students in the Forestry and Natural Resources major and student considering this major. This seminar is part of the Food for Thought Seminar Series.

Dr. Kevin L. O'Hara is a professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. He joined the Berkeley faculty in 1998. He is licensed forester in California and teaches courses in forestry on the Berkeley campus and in the popular Forestry Field Camp program during the summer.

Faculty web site: http://http://ourenvironment.berkeley.edu/people_profiles/kevin-ohara/

Quotes from Fall 2016 seminar:

Kevin is super informative and a great forestry teacher! He made the material interesting and almost made me want to become a forester!

It was inspiring and helped me get a better grasp on the diversity of concentrations within forestry.

Professor O'Hara was very supportive and encouraging towards everyone, even those who did not have knowledge of forestry.

Quotes from students in Fall 2015 seminar:

"It is a fun class worth taking; they will be able to explore trees in a new way. I loved walking around campus and learning about the different trees."

"Kevin is really nice and creates a welcoming environment for students. The field trip is fun as well."

"It’s the best class ever, with an amazing professor."
Freshman and Sophomore Seminars are co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Division
of the College of Letters & Science and the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.
For further information about the program,
contact Alix Schwartz (alix@berkeley.edu / 642-8378).

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