2022 Foresters Forum Keynote Speaker
Global Growth and Yield
Harold E. Burkhart earned a B.S. degree in forestry from Oklahoma State University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in forest biometrics from the University of Georgia. He has been a faculty member in the Department of Forestry (recently designated Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation) at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) since 1969, rising in the ranks from Assistant to Associate to Professor, then to Thomas M. Brooks Professor, and in 1999 to University Distinguished Professor.
He served as Head of the Department of Forestry from 1995 through 2008. From 1976-1977, Dr. Burkhart was Senior Research Fellow at the Forest Research Institute in Rotorua, New Zealand. He has published extensively in professional journals on the subjects of forest growth and yield prediction and on forest inventory and sampling. In addition, he has published multiple editions of an undergraduate textbook “Forest Measurements” and an advanced-level book “Modeling Forest Trees and Stands”.
His contributions to forestry research and education have been recognized though awards from several organizations, including the International Union of Forest Research Organizations Scientific Achievement Award, the Virginia Academy of Science J. Shelton Horsley Research Award, the Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Research Excellence, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award, the Society of American Foresters Barrington Moore Memorial Award, and the Science Museum of Virginia recognition as Virginia Outstanding Scientist in 2013.
A former editor of the journal Forest Science, he is a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Society of American Foresters.