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

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.

Instructor Bio

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/


Intended for first-year students in the Forestry and Natural Resources major and student considering this major.

This seminar is part of the following programs

Food for Thought