Forest Industry Lecture Series


86th Forest Industry Lecture Series

November 18, 2021


terry-sharik.jpgTerry Sharik

Terry Sharik retired as dean of the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (SFRES) at Michigan Tech on June 30, 2018. He remains a research professor in what is now the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. He holds a B.S. degree in Forestry and Wildlife Management from West Virginia University and M.F. and Ph.D. degrees in Forest Recreation and Forest Botany, respectively, from the University of Michigan. Prior to assuming the SFRES deanship in July 2012, he held faculty positions at Oberlin College, Virginia Tech, Michigan Tech, University of Michigan Biological Station, and Utah State University (USU). While at Michigan Tech, he served as president of the University Senate and as co-director of the Lake Superior Ecosystem Research Center. During his tenure at USU, he served as head of the Department of Forest Resources and the Department of Environment and Society, both in the College of Natural Resources.

Dr. Sharik has contributed significantly to the furtherance of research, teaching, and outreach in the natural resources profession through his leadership at the national and international levels. He is co-founder of the Biennial Conferences on University Education in Natural Resources and the North American Forest Ecology Workshops. He served as the Education Chair for the National Association of University Forest Resources Programs (NAUFRP) from 2012-2018, where he co-authored a strategic plan for enhancement in undergraduate education in forestry and related areas of natural resources and continues to analyze enrollment trends in these fields dating back to 1980. His involvement with the Society of American Foresters, where he is a Fellow, includes being on the editorial board of the Journal of Forestry for forest ecology and for communications and education, and on the Task Force for Accreditation in Natural Resources. He has been active at the international level through the International Symposia on Forestry Education, the International Partnership in Forestry, the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO), the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the UN, and the International Journal of Forestry Research (as guest editor of a special issue). He currently serves on the Board of the Michigan Forest Biomaterials Institute, which spun out of the Michigan Forest Biomaterials Initiative he started at Michigan Tech in 2012. He is the author of over a hundred publications in more than thirty journals in the areas of forest ecology, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and educational reform in natural resources.


FILS History

The Forest Industry Lecture Series (FILS) began and developed as a collaborative event by members of the forestry community in Alberta to enrich the forestry program at the University of Alberta. The first forestry class enrolled in fall of 1970, initiated as a faculty program through the vision of Dr. Fenton MacHardy, then Dean of Agriculture. In 1975, Dr. Allan A. Warrack, then Minister of Lands and Forests in the new Peter Lougheed government, made an offer to Dean MacHardy, saying that he had done well in developing the forestry program, but students needed enrichment through speakers from outside who could bring in fresh insights. The offer was that his department would match any outside funds the faculty could raise to support a position or lecture series.

Several of the larger forest products companies in western Canada immediately responded and for two years, 1975 and 1976, this new outside funding supported two visiting lecturers: Maxwell MacLaggan and Dr. Desmond I. Crossley, whose expertise were respectively: forest industry, logging and forest products; silviculture and forest management.

In the meantime, Arden A. Rytz encouraged the sawmilling and plywood industries to add their support through the Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA), of which he was executive director. Rytz was a forester, graduating from UBC after wartime service in southeast Asia. This collaborative approach to shared funding enables this lecture series to achieve the success it enjoys today.

The first designated Forest Industry Lecture was in 1977 by the Canadian, internationally respected forester Dr. Ross Silversides, who spoke on industrial forestry in a changing Canada. The university and the Department of Renewable Resources, in particular, deeply appreciates the support of its many sponsors.

Dr. Peter Murphy
Professor emeritus


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