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School of Forest, Fisheries, & Geomatics Sciences

School of Forest, Fisheries, & Geomatics Sciences

David Fox

Lecturer, Urban Forestry Specialist

Dr. Fox spent the first 30 years of his career as a public forester and in private forestry consulting.

His experiences include providing timberland management advice in Florida including commercial silvicultural operations such as reforestation, harvest, and use of prescribed fire; designing a timberland management geodatabase within a geographic information system (GIS) holding records and maps of over 100,000 acres of private forestland in Florida and Georgia; designing and implementing an urban tree inventory software program along with field methodologies plus participation in over two dozen municipal tree inventories across the southeastern U.S.; and, preparing over 200 development suitability studies in south and central Florida that each analyzed soils, vegetation cover, wetland extent, and land use in relation to potential development permitting or wetland mitigation design.

David returned to academia and earned a Ph.D. in forestry at the University of Florida in 2015 with a dissertation titled “Sabal palmetto: Investigating the Ecological Importance of Florida’s State Tree.” His goal in making a career shift was to move from the woods to the classroom as a way of leveraging 30 years of experience and to mentor the next generation of natural resource managers.

Courses Taught

IdentifierCourse Name
FOR4090C  Urban Forestry 
FOR3434C  Forest Resource Information Systems 


1723 McCarty Drive
Building 844, Office 3
Gainesville, FL 32611-0410
(352) 846-0856

  • Education

    • PhD, Forest Resource Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 2015
    • MF, Forest Soils, Duke University, Durham, NC 1978
    • BA, Geology, Thiel College, Greenville, PA 1977