John Foppert

Academic Background

PhD, Economics (ABD) | Technische Universität München, School of Management | Munich, Germany
PgDip, Entrepreneurship | University of Cambridge, Judge Business School | Cambridge, UK
MSc, European Forestry | Itä-Suomen Yliopisto (University of Eastern Finland) | Joensuu, Finland
MS, Forest Science | Albert-Ludwigs-Universität | Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
BS, Forestry – Ecological Forest Management | Paul Smith’s College | Paul Smiths, New York


I am a practicing professional forester, a student and teacher of forestry, and an active researcher in forest science, economics, and management. I am also the co-owner of Pekin Branch Forestry, a Vermont-based consulting forestry firm. I hold the Certified Forester credential from the Society of American Foresters and am an active member of several professional and academic organizations. I serve as an appointed member of the Adirondack Local Government Review Board and of the New York State Climate Impacts Assessment Ecosystems Technical Working Group, and am a domain expert and advisor to Carbon13, a UK-based climate-focused startup accelerator. I am active in the community as a youth sports coach in the Town of Saranac, a volunteer on the Whiteface Mountain Host Patrol, and as the former Clerk and Treasurer of the Saranac Lake Quaker Meeting. I have previously worked in logging, wildland firefighting, carpentry, and agriculture. I live with my wife and four children on a farm in Clayburg, New York.

Courses Taught

FOR 260 – Silviculture
FOR 340 – Forest Management
NRS 410/510 – Natural Resource Economics

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Head Forester
Assistant Professor of Silviculture & Economics

Forestry Dept.