Dr. Janaki Alavalapati is the Dean of School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University. Earlier, he was a Professor and the Head of the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation in the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech. From 1998 to 2008, he was a faculty member in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida. Prior to this he served as a Forest Officer in Andhra Pradesh, India. He has an M.Sc in Botany, M.Sc in Forestry, an MS in Rural Sociology, and a Ph.D. in Forest Economics. He has published over 200 publications and made over 150 professional presentations relating to forests and natural resources.
Dr. Alavalapati has led or associated with projects in India, Africa, Central and South America, and USA relating to forestry and natural resources conservation and management. His selected awards include University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship, Superior Honor Award from the US Department of State (2008), and International Union of Forest Research Organization’s (IUFRO) Scientific Achievement Award (2010). Currently he serves as an editorial board member of Forest Policy and Economics; Outdoor Recreation and Tourism; and Bioproducts Business journals. He serves as the Policy Chair for the US National Association of University Forest Resource Programs.
In 2007-2008, as a Jefferson Science Fellow, he served as a Senior Advisor for International Energy Affairs in the U.S. Department of State, Washington DC. Between 2011 and 2016, as a Senior Fellow of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas at the U.S. Department of the State to promote sustainable forestry and natural resources management.