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John C. Gordon

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John C Gordon

Dr.  John Gordon is Pinchot Professor Emeritus of Forestry and Environmental Studies at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  He served as Dean of Yale Forestry, department head and professor at the OSU Department of Forest Science, professor of forestry at Iowa State University, and principal plant physiologist at the pioneering project in Wood Formation from the USDA Forest Service. He is currently leading the third congressionally mandated national review of forest and forestry on Native American lands and is a consultant for Interforest LLC.


Dr. Gordon has a PhD in Plant Physiology and Silviculture from Iowa State University.  He is the principal author of several books, among them “Planning research: A concise guide for the environmental and natural resource sciences” and “Environmental Leadership Equal Essential Leadership:  Redefining who Leads and How”.  He is also the coauthor of the book “Forests Fight Poverty, Creating National Strategies”.  Additionally he has authored more than 100 publications.


Dr. Gordon has been consultant for the World Bank, United Nations Development Program, the US Government and several private firms. He has extensive international experience including Latin America, Europe, India, Pakistan, and China.  In 2005 he was awarded the Gifford Pinchot Medal by the Society of American Foresters.