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Pete Bettinger

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Professor, Landscape Planning and Harvest Scheduling
Leon "Buddy" Hargreaves Jr. Distinguished Professorship in Forest Management

Author of four books published by Academic Press, Mapping Human and Natural SystemsForest Management and PlanningIntroduction to Forestry and Natural Resources, and Forest Plans of North America, Pete Bettinger is Hargreaves Distinguished Professor of Forest Management at the University of Georgia. He was honored with the Carl Alwin Schenck award for outstanding performance in the field of forestry education by the Society of American Foresters in 2020.

Dr. Bettinger is Coordinator for IUFRO Division 4.04.00 (Forest management planning). He is a member of the editorial boards of Forest ScienceForests, Journal of Sustainable ForestryJournal of Forest PlanningEuropean Journal of Forest Engineering, and Mathematical and Computational Forestry & Natural-Resource Sciences. In 2009, he was presented the Award of Excellence for Research and Development by the Southeastern Division of the Society of American Foresters. In 2016, he was presented the Creative Research Medal by the University of Georgia. In 2018, he was selected as a Fellow in the Society of American Foresters.

Dr. Bettinger teaches courses on Forest PlanningForest MeasurementsIntroduction to Forestry, and Aerial Photogrammetry. He conducts research in applied forest management with particular emphasis on harvest scheduling, landscape planning, precision forestry, and geospatial technologies. Dr. Bettinger received Bachelors and Masters degrees in forestry from Virginia Tech, and a PhD in forest resources from Oregon State University.

Dr. Bettinger worked for the forest industry in the southern and western United States, and maintains this connection to forestry professionals through his leadership in the Southern Forestry and Natural Resource Management GIS Conference and other continuing education courses he offers. Thus far in his career, Dr. Bettinger has published over 140 peer-reviewed journal articles.


PhD, Oregon State University

MS, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

BS, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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