Background: Dr. Puneet Dwivedi is working as an Assistant Professor of Sustainability Sciences at the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources since October 1, 2013. Before becoming a faculty at the University of Georgia, Dr. Dwivedi was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2012-2013) and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (2010-2012). Dr. Dwivedi finished his undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at the Institute of Engineering & Technology, Devi Ahilya University, Indore (1999-2003). After finishing his MBA in Forest Management at the Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal (2003-2005), he worked at the Winrock International India (now Inspire Network for the Environment) as a Program Officer (2005-2006). Then, he joined the University of Florida’s School of Forest Resources & Conservation to pursue his doctorate degree (2006-2010) in the area of Forest Policy and Economics. At the University of Georgia, Dr. Dwivedi provides leadership to Dwivedi Forest Sustainability Laboratory (DFSL) where four doctoral students, two master students, one undergraduate student, and one Assistant Research Scientist explore social, economic, and environmental issues in the context of forestry and energy in developed and developing countries along with him.
Research: Dr. Dwivedi is an expert on forest carbon modeling especially related to the use of wood for bioenergy development. His research on the sustainability of transatlantic wood pellets has been published at several leading journals. Additionally, Dr. Dwivedi along with his doctoral student (Arundhati Jagadish) is exploring the role of social networks in influencing adoption of improved cooking stoves in India. Dr. Dwivedi is also quantifying any changes in ecosystem services due to ongoing deforestation in southern Georgia with his doctoral student (Suraj Upadhaya) where forest landowners are planting blueberries. Dr. Dwivedi just finished evaluating the impacts of expected land use changes due to rising production of wood pellets in Georgia in the presence of expected changes in precipitation and temperature on water yields in Oconee River Basin with his MS student (Surendra Shrestha). Dr. Dwivedi is also developing timber supply model for wood-consuming mills in Georgia and market clearing model for timber sector in Georgia with the help of doctoral students Karuna Paudel and Farhad Hussain, respectively. Dr. Dwivedi is working with his MS student (Chantal Tumpach) to understand the impacts of Sustainable Forestry Initiative Fiber Sourcing Standards on the overall sustainability of Georgia’s forestry resources. Dr. Dwivedi is also working with Dr. Sarah Hitchner (Assistant Research Scientist) to promote active participation of African American landowners in forestry for ensuring successful intergenerational forestland transfer and poverty alleviation. Dr. Dwivedi is very proud of his students and feels very fortunate to have them in DFSL! Dr. Dwivedi is also involved in several other research initiatives across world which emphasize on interdisciplinary approaches for solving complex challenges.
Teaching: Dr. Dwivedi perceives teaching as motivating students to work towards satisfying their own curiosity rather than just providing knowledge. This develops students’ ability to think critically, integrate ideas, and realize their intellectual potential. In his lectures, Dr. Dwivedi focuses on providing different learning experiences and guiding the whole learning process. He emphasizes on connecting subject areas and facilitating students to take a holistic approach in understanding the issue and exploring potential solutions for the same. Dr. Dwivedi is a primary instructor for the following courses: Fall Semester: a) FANR 8200 Scientific Research in Forestry and Natural Resources (3 credit hours); b) FORS 8460 Management and Modeling of Forest Carbon Resources (3 credit hours); c) FANR 4020/6020 Sustainable Development – I (3 credit hours) and d) FYOS 1001 Exploring Sustainable Development (1 credit hour). Spring Semester: a) FANR 1500 Fundamentals of Sustainable Development (3 credit hours); b) FANR 3300 Economics of Renewable Resources (4 credit hours; co-taught); and c) FANR 8020 Bio-based Economy Seminar (1 credit hour). Dr. Dwivedi feels very fortunate to be a part of academic journeys of all the great students at the University of Georgia!