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UMCA News Release

Shibu Jose heads MU Center for Agroforestry

December 02, 2009

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry has a new leader.

Shibu Jose became director of the Center in November. Upon the retirement of previous director Gene Garrett on Dec. 31, Jose will assume an endowed professorship, the H. Gene Garrett Chair of Agroforestry. Garrett will continue at MU as superintendent of the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center and professor emeritus of forestry.

"MU is fortunate to have recruited an eminent scholar of Dr. Jose's caliber," said Mark Ryan, director of the MU School of Natural Resources. "He is uniquely qualified to build upon the great success of Dr. Garrett and the Center for Agroforestry."

Jose comes to MU from the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he served as a professor of forest ecology with the School of Forest Resources and Conservation.

Jose received his B.S. in forestry from Kerala Agricultural University, India, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in forest science from Purdue University.

He is the author of more than 80 refereed articles and has edited six books. He has presented his work at more than 150 regional, national and international conferences, including several invited speeches and keynote addresses.

Jose's research seeks to identify and quantify key ecological processes and interactions that define ecological sustainability. He examines how resource availability and disturbances influence ecosystem structure and function in agroforests, natural forests and plantation forests. Over the past 20 years, Jose and his research team have conducted studies in the U.S., Australia, Costa Rica, Belize, Bangladesh and India.

He is editor-in-chief of the journal Agroforestry Systems; he serves as associate editor of the International Journal of Ecology and the Journal of Forestry. His many awards and honors include six months teaching and conducting research in Bangladesh as a Fulbright scholar.

More information about Jose is available at

The MU Center for Agroforestry, established in 1998, is one of the world's leading centers contributing to the science underlying agroforestry. For more information, see

Michelle Hall
Senior Information Specialist
Center for Agroforestry University of Missouri

Shibu Jose, 573-882-0240

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