Curriculum Vita

Richard B. Standiford, Ph.D., RPF #2015 – University of California, Berkeley




  • BS 1976   Forestry, North Carolina State University.
  • MS 1978   Wildland Resource Science (Silviculture), University of California, Berkeley. Thesis: “Predicting Release of Understory White Fir in California Following Removal of Overstory.
  • Ph.D. 1989  Agricultural Economics (Resource Economics), University of California, Davis. Dissertation: “A Bioeconomic Model of California’s Hardwood Rangelands.

Awards, Honors, Professional Organizations:

  • University Salutatorian, North Carolina State University.
  • Member of Xi Sigma Pi Forestry Honor Fraternity.
  • 1989 Dissertation of the Year Winner, American Association of Agricultural Economists.
  • Gaspar de Portola Catalonian Studies Program Fellowship, Catalonia, Spain, November 1994.
  • World Forestry Congress Outstanding Paper, Quebec City, Canada, September 2003
  • Member of Society of American Foresters and Society for Range Management.
  • California Registered Professional Forester #2015.

Work History:

January, 2005 – October 2009
  • University of California Office of the President (UCOP),
  • Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR)
Associate Vice President, Agriculture and Natural Resources – January, 2005 to October, 2009

Broad responsibilities for the internal management of the UC Systemwide Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR). Serves as California’s Associate Director of Cooperative Extension (CE), and Associate Director of the Agriculture Experiment Station (AES). From 2005 through 2008, oversaw the offices of the Assistant Vice President, Administrative Services and the Assistant Vice President, Programs (beginning 2009, each senior leader had direct reporting responsibility to the Vice President, ANR). Responsibility for academic affairs for ANR, including recruitment, retention, merit and promotion, and academic policies. Responsible for Divisionwide academic and strategic planning and developing final recommendations for allocation of Division resources. Serves as a member of the ANR Executive Council, composed of the Vice President and the Deans of the four agricultural colleges and schools.  Works closely with other senior officers of the university to advise the Vice President on ANR policies, allocation of resources, and long-term programmatic directions.

Acting Vice President, Agriculture and Natural Resources – February, 2007 – December 31, 2007

Provides administrative leadership and overall direction for the University of California’s programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources. Serves as Director of Cooperative Extension and the Agriculture Experiment Station for California. Seeks funding opportunities in support of programs and collaborates with non-UC entities as the primary contact with higher education groups, government agencies, legislative bodies (county, state and federal) and commodity and public organizations to achieve common goals. Serves on the UC President’s Cabinet and Council of Vice Presidents and chairs the ANR Executive Council, composed of the three agricultural college deans (at Berkeley, Davis and Riverside campuses), and the dean of the school of veterinary medicine (at the Davis campus). Oversees the Office of the Associate Vice President, Office of Governmental and External Relations and Development Services.

  • Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management
  • College of Natural Resources
  • University of California, Berkeley
Academic Appointments:
  • 1989–Present   Forest Management Specialist, Cooperative Extension
  • 1985–1989       Associate Forest Management Specialist, Cooperative Extension
  • 1980–1984       Assistant Forest Management Specialist, Cooperative Extension

Responsible for developing a program focused on sound management of California’s forests, rangelands, and other natural resources utilizing education, outreach, research, and a broad spectrum of working relationships. Provide leadership to county Cooperative Extension programs in development of forestry programs and conservation of oak woodlands. The clientele includes professional foresters and natural resource managers, private industrial and non-industrial forest owners and managers, rangeland owners and operators, timber operators, public and private forestry organizations, policy makers, and individuals concerned with natural resource management.

Administrative Appointments:
Associate Dean for Forestry and Capital Projects, College of Natural Resources, 2002 – 2004

General oversight for teaching, research and extension programs in forestry in the College of Natural Resources. Duties expanded to include leadership in space planning, capital projects, and facilities for CNR. Also assigned oversight for the Cooperative Extension program within the College.

Associate Dean for Forestry and Director, Center for Forestry, College of Natural Resources, 1998 – 2002

General oversight for teaching, research and extension programs in forestry in the College of Natural Resources.

Program Manager- Integrated Hardwood Range Management Program, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, 1988 – 1999

Coordinated all extension and research activities of the UC’s Integrated Hardwood Range Management Program. This program is directed to the conservation of the state’s hardwood rangeland resource through an aggressive outreach program and focused research.

Vice Chair-Extension, Department of Forestry & Resource Management, 1989 – 1993

Responsible for coordination of all Cooperative Extension activities in the Department of Forestry and Resource Management following incorporation of extension into teaching and research departments. Duties included management of the statewide Integrated Hardwood Range Management Program, personnel reviews of 8 academic staff, budget administration, coordination with state and federal agencies, and program planning and reporting.

Program Director, Natural Resources, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, 1985 – 1987

First director of a group of 14 academic specialists in Cooperative Extension in forestry, wood products, wildlife, and range management. Responsible for obtaining state funding for five new permanent specialists in natural resources. Duties included personnel reviews, liaison with state and federal agencies and state legislature, budgeting, program planning and reporting, and coordination with research faculty and county staff. Also responsible for administration of federal Renewable Resources Extension Act funds.

Other Professional Positions:
1978 – 1980: Research and Extension Forester, Purdue University

Position was 50% research in silviculture and forest management, and 50% Extension as area specialist in southwestern Indiana. Worked out of the Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center and was responsible for management of forestry operations on the 1500-acre research forest.

1976, 1978 Assistant Forester, New Jersey Bureau of Forestry

Worked as service forester giving technical assistance to non-industrial forest landowners, and administering cost share programs. Also worked on statewide forest resource planning.

Current Research Areas:

Resource economics; natural resource management and decision-making; silviculture; optimal control of forest and rangeland resources; bioeconomic modeling

Extension Areas:

Education of non-industrial private forest landowners; education of hardwood range owners; monitoring hardwood rangelands; continuing education of professional foresters; conservation policy strategies.


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