National Workshop on Climate and Forests:
Planning Tools and Perspectives on Adaptation and Mitigation Options

DuBois Conference Center
Northern Arizona University Campus
Flagstaff Arizona
May 16-18, 2011

Banquet Speaker

Tuesday Evening Banquet, 7:45 – 8:30pm, Tuesday, May 17, 2011.

The Extension – Scientist – Practitioner Collaboration: A Win-Win-Win Proposition – An evening presentation to highlight how collaborations between scientists, practitioners and extension have been and continue to be the ideal model for science application, including a brief history, focus on extension forestry, and pathway to continue collaborations in the future, as well as frank talk about obstacles to overcome.

George M. Hopper
Professor of Forestry
Dean, College of Forest Resources
Interim Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Director, Forest and Wildlife Research Center
Interim Director, Mississippi Agricultural Forestry Experiment Stations

George Hopper is Dean of the College of Forest Resources and Interim Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He is also Director of the Forest and Wildlife Research Center and Interim Director of the Mississippi Agricultural Forestry Experiment Stations at Mississippi State University. Additionally, he serves as Director of the Mississippi Institute for Water Resources. A native of Vicksburg, Hopper received a bachelor and master’s degree from Mississippi State University and a doctoral degree from Virginia Polytechnic and State University. Prior to joining MSU in 2005, he held the position of professor and head of the department of forestry, wildlife, and fisheries at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville for 20 years. Hopper is a leader in numerous regional and national organizations. He serves as a board member on the Mississippi Forestry Commission, the Mississippi Forestry Association, and the Mississippi Institute for Forest Inventory, as well as the Governor’s Task Force on Energy. He is Chair of the Board of Natural Resources for the Association of Public Landgrant Universities (APLU) and is Past President of the National Association of Forest Resources Programs (NAUFRP). George is a Fellow in the Society of American Foresters.

He and wife, Missy, live in Starkville and have two grown children, Ben and Summer.