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Richard Kobe
Michigan State University

Richard Kobe is a Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Forestry at Michigan State University. Kobe conducts research in Michigan temperate forests as well as Costa Rican wet tropical forests and currently teaches a graduate course focused on proposal writing and an undergraduate seminar on forests and the environment. Most of Kobe’s recent energy has been focused on leading his Department through a time of great change for natural resource academic programs. Kobe serves on the Editorial Board for the journal Frontiers in Ecology and Environment and has served on numerous advisory panels for the National Science Foundation and other agencies. Kobe started as an Assistant Professor at MSU in 1997, after postdoctoral research at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest and Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. He earned a PhD in Forest Ecology from the University of Connecticut and a BA in Biology from Denison University. Before pursuing a career in science, Kobe interned with the Ohio Legislature and the US Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.


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