Contact Us


 Contact Information and Building Emergency Plans


VanCamp Arboretum 

Mailing Address

Purdue University
Forestry and Natural Resources
715 West State Street
West Lafayette IN 47907-2061
Fax: 765-494-9461

Contact us by email at


Main Office

Robert K. “Rob” Swihart, Department Head, Professor, 765-494-3590

Marlene Mann, Administrative Assistant, 765-494-3590

Graduate Program

Rado Gazo, Chair, Professor, 765-494-3634

Christine Hofmeyer, Graduate Program Coordinator, 765-494-3572

Undergraduate Counseling & Office of Student Services

W. L. Mills, Director, Associate Professor, 765-494-3575

Julie Pluimer, Administrative Manager/Academic Advisor, 765-494-3629

Shelly Opperman, Career Opport./Alumni Relations Coord., 765-494-3631

Christine Hofmeyer, Academic Advisor/Graduate Program Coordinator, 765-494-3572

(Inquiries regarding trees, plants, wildlife, outreach and events)

Diana Evans, Extension Information Coordinator, 765-494-3583

John S. Wright Conference Center

Marlene Mann, Conference Ctr. Coord., Admin. Assist., 765-494-3590


Strategic Plan (pdf .20mb)
Faculty and Staff Directory​




Building Deputies

Pfendler, Marlene Mann, Admin. Assist., 765-494-3590
Pfendler Bldg. Emergency Plan

Forest Products, Betty Barlow, Faculty Support, 765-494-3615
Forest Products Bldg. Emergency Plan

Forestry, Diana Evans, Extension Information Coordinator, 765-494-3583
Forestry Bldg. Emergency Plan

Wright Forestry Center, Elizabeth Jackson, Engage. Spec. and Exec. Dir., 765-583-3501
Wright Center Bldg. Emergency Plan

Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (HEE)

Mike Saunders​, Co-Chair, Associate Professor, 765-430-1440

Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center (HTIRC)

Doug Jacobs​, Co-Director, Fred M. van Eck Professor, 765-494-3608

Janis Gosewehr, Secretary, 765-496-7251

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program (IISG)

Brian Miller, Program Director, Adjunct Professor of Forestry, 217-333-6444

Wood Research Laboratory

Eva Haviarova, Director, Assoc. Professor of Wood Products, 765-494-3619