Graduate Student Spotlight
Name: Malcolm Itter
Hometown: Anyplace wild and wooly by way of New York City
Degree: Ph.D./1st Year/Forestry (adviser: Dr. Andrew Finley)
Why forestry: We live in a world where all forests, to varying degrees, are affected by human activity. Forestry combines forest science with on-the-ground management practices. The management of forests for specific goals is a central tenet of forestry. As such, it is the ideal field for somebody interested in the long-term preservation of forests, both as sustainable resources and functioning ecosystems.
Graduate Research Focus: I am interested in utilizing statistical models to gain an understanding of landscape-level forest change due to natural and anthropogenic causes.
Activities: Anything in the outdoors. In particular, I enjoy biking (mountain and road), skiing, and hiking.
After Graduation Plans: Undecided. I have thought of staying in academics or working for the U.S. Forest Service or USGS. Most importantly, I would like a job that puts me out West or in northern Vermont.