Tricia Gorby named Cooperative Extension’s Natural Resources Institute Director

UW-Extension Cooperative Extension recently named Tricia Gorby to the position of Natural Resources Institute Director. The Natural Resources Institute is part of the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources led by Associate Dean Patrick Robinson. (For more information about Cooperative Extension’s program administration structure, click here.)

This past year, Gorby has served as the Implementation Manager for the nEXT Generation project with Cooperative Extension, guiding critical changes in support of the reorganization process. Prior to joining Extension, Gorby served in several roles at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and most recently as the Section Chief for the Forest Sciences Section with the Division of Forestry, where she led an engaged staff of research scientists and specialists that focus on reforestation, forest health, applied research, silviculture, hydrology, and forest economics. She also served as a Senior Research Scientist with the agency, leading projects that informed management, outreach, and policy decisions around areas such as private lands management and landowner decision making, the effectiveness of partnership networks, and alternative land management practices that restore system structure and function.

Gorby also spent five years as a post-doctoral researcher with Iowa State University and UW-Madison, integrating research, teaching, and outreach to address pressing issues such as bioenergy production, community readiness to address urban tree pests, farmer perspectives on nutrient management practices, and the business networks of our forest industry.

Gorby holds a PhD in Forestry and M.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Iowa State University, and obtained her Bachelor’s degree from UW-Madison. She grew up in Whitewater, WI, and lives in Lake Mills.

She will begin her new role on May 14th.