Dr. Valerie Hipkins

Director of the National Forest Genetics Labs, Director of the Institute of Forest Genetics

B.S. (Forestry) MS, Ph.D


Future Outlook for the Profession:

The importance and necessity of caring for our land precipitates a need for natural resource scientists, conservationists, restoration scientists and managers of urban sprawl. Many natural resource scientists and foresters will be needed to help us care for our land!

Advice for Students:

People interested in the field should find opportunities for internships or job shadowing. They should prepare themselves by developing strong science, environmental study, writing and speaking communication skills.

What do you like about your job?

In my job I am serving the land and the people and leaving a legacy for future generations.