Forestry-Related Doctoral Program

Forestry encompasses a wide variety of social and natural science disciplines while addressing issues that range from molecular to landscape and societal levels. This broad scope creates a stimulating atmosphere for graduate education and research, leading to innovative approaches in the sustainable management of forest and other natural resources. The Department of Forestry includes nationally and internationally recognized faculty and staff. We offer a high faculty-to-student ratio, which promotes excellence in graduate training and leads to a strong record of job placement.

Although Forestry does not offer a doctoral degree in Forestry, faculty members of the Department of Forestry participate in a variety of graduate programs that offer the Ph.D. degree (e.g., Agricultural Economics, Animal Science, Biology, Entomology, Geography, Geology, Plant Physiology, Plant and Soil Science). Thus, graduate study can be conducted in a variety of disciplines and interdisciplinary topic areas including plant physiology, genetics, forest management, forest soils, economics, invasive species, natural resource policy, wood utilization, wildlife biology and management, conservation biology, forest ecology, silviculture, hydrology, natural resource policy, restoration ecology (including mine reclamation), and watershed management.

If you are interested in information about forestry-related Ph.D. degree programs and assistantships, please contact our individual faculty member(s) in your area(s) of interest. Also, don’t hesitate to contact the Forestry Graduate Program’s Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. David B. Wagner, if you would like to discuss Ph.D. opportunities available here. We look forward to hearing from you!


Forestry Graduate Program

For additional information, contact:

David B. Wagner, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor
(859) 257-3773 | dwagner@uky.edu | 209 T.P. Cooper Building