David Hacker, Ph.D.
Dr. Hacker has over thirty years experience researching forest resources throughout the United States. His work is widely published and he has presented numerous scientific papers at professional meetings nationwide. In his position as professor of forestry, he serves as the faculty advisor for Highlands’ student chapter of the Society of American Foresters. He holds a B.S. from Sul Ross State University, his M.S. from Texas A&M University-Commerce and a Ph.D. from Stephen F. Austin State University. He is both a Certified Forester® and a Certified Wildlife Biologist. Dr. Hacker served as an expert witness in several legal proceedings involving appraisal of alleged timber trespass violations. He has been honored with many awards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, Highlands, and the Society of American Foresters. His teaching evaluations are among the best university-wide. To date, he has supervised twelve master’s students to completion of their theses and has served on scores of thesis committees.
His research interests include forest management and measurements. He has published many papers on forest growth and yield and has on-going research in forest management in the southern Rocky Mountains. His work focuses on information gaps in growing stock and stand densities of timber species including ponderosa pine, Douglas fir and aspen. His other research passion is forest wildlife management where he has worked with, and published on, threatened and endangered species as well as management of big game in New Mexico. Currently, he and graduate student, Jesse Berryhill are working on a long-term analysis of the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep habitat in the Pecos Wilderness of the Santa Fe National Forest.