Andrea De Stefano recently joined the LSU AgCenter as an assistant professor at Hill Farm Research Station. In this role, he will conduct research and develop extension programs to help stakeholders manage their forest resources and support the Louisiana forestry industry.
“I’m excited to be part of the LSU AgCenter and put my knowledge to service to the Louisiana forestry community,” De Stefano said. “My research interests and programs are relatively diverse in scope, but most of them fit within sustainable forest management, forest ecology, forest health and invasive species management.”
De Stefano holds a Ph.D. in forestry and forest resources from Louisiana State University. After graduation, he worked at the University of Wyoming, Sheridan Research and Extension Center, as a postdoctoral researcher, where his primary role was to provide a region-wide assessment of the ecological and community impacts of invasive grasses and benefits associated with their management in the western U.S. Before joining the AgCenter in 2022, he worked as an environmental scientist for the California State Water Resources Control Board, where he developed permits and certifications to protect aquatic resources.
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