FNR alumnus Steve Shifley receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Stephen “Steve” Shifley received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Purdue University’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) as well as the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association’s Certificate of Distinction in February. Shifley graduated from Purdue with a bachelor’s in Forest Production (’76) and a master’s in Forest Biometry (’78), and he received his doctorate in Forest Biometry in 1990 from the University of Minnesota.

Shifley is now retired after spending 40 years working as a Research Forester for the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station. During his career, Shifley published more than 160 research papers, gave over 75 invited presentations, and received over $3 million in competitive research funding. He co-authored The Ecology and Silviculture of Oaks, which is affectionately known by many as the “Oak Bible.”

Shifley’s research had a fundamental effect on how forests are measured, quantified and modeled through his work developing LANDIS, a landscape modeling system that works at various scales. He received the National Silviculture Award from the U.S. Forest Service and served as Associate Editor of “Forest Science” for the Society of American Foresters.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes those who have made significant contributions to natural resources through professional accomplishment, activity in professional organizations, community service work and other activities to make the nominee a credit to their profession. As part of the award celebrations, Shifley gave a seminar titled “The Past and Future of Forest Resource Management, Perspectives on FNR at Purdue, and Thoughts about Careers,” and FNR hosted a reception after the award presentation on Feb. 1, 2019 in Pfendler Hall on the Purdue University campus.

The Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association’s highest honor is the Certificate of Distinction, which seven noted graduates and contributors were presented with on February 2, 2019 at the Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry held at the Indiana State Fair Grounds in Indianapolis. The Certificate of Distinction is annually presented to professionals who have significantly contributed to agriculture, forestry or natural resources through their career accomplishments, organizational involvement, community service and other activities.
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