Dr. Rene Germain
2006 Karl Connell Award Recipient
René received his Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from the University of Vermont in 1983 and Masters in Business Administration from Boston University in 1988. He worked as a forester with the forest products industry for 8 years before returning to school to complete a Ph.D. in Forest Resources Management from SUNY ESF in 1997.
Dr. Germain teaches Integrated Resources Management, Forest Operations, and Principles of Management. His research interests include: the impact of forest ownership fragmentation on forest management and water quality, feasibility of nonindustrial private forestland owners to contribute to woody biomass, impact of land use changes on the forest products industry, environmental management systems for sustainable forestry, evaluating relative advantage of forestry innovations by nonindustrial private forestland owners and supply chain management in the forest products industry. He conducts much of his research in the New York City Watershed where he leads the effort to develop a series of Model Forests with the Watershed Agricultural Council.
He serves as the Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management. He is a Society of American Foresters Certified Forester, Faculty Advisor to the Student Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, Board Member of New York Logger Training and New York Forest Owners Association.