Sharma, Ajay

Assistant Professor, Silviculture & Forest Ecology

Ajay Sharma is a silviculturist and forest ecologist. He joined the School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences faculty in 2017.

Previously, he worked as an Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Management at Lincoln University (2014-2017). He is also an FFGS alumnus (Ph.D., 2012) and spent two years serving as Postdoctoral Researcher at the UF/West Florida Research and Education Center.

Prior to his PhD, he worked in India with the Government of Delhi Department of Forests and Wildlife, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, and Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine.

Ajay's research interests broadly focus on understanding the effects of alternative forest management and silvicultural treatments on forest stand structure, composition, and development over time, particularly for stands with multiple-use or restoration management objectives. This understanding of stand dynamics helps forest managers to devise appropriate interventions to meet the diverse goals of management, including timber production, enhancement of wildlife habitat and biodiversity, structural complexity, carbon sequestration, biomass harvest, and forest restoration.

West Florida Research and Education Center
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Milton, FL 32583
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  • PhD, Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, 2012
  • MS, Forestry, Gujarat Agricultural University, India, 2002
  • BS, Forestry, University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan, India, 1999