Professor Emeritus of Forest Biometry
My name is Hans Zuuring and I was born in The Hague, Netherlands and immigrated to Canada with my parents in 1953. I attended the University of Toronto and obtained a B.Sc.F. degree in 1966 in Forest Management. I then proceeded to work for the Canadian Forestry Service in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada for a period of three years as a research officer in the Biometrics Services section. While there, I learned about statistics and computer programming as related to forestry. I became fascinated by the logic and rigor of these subject areas and decided to return to school. In September 1969 I entered graduate school at Iowa State University with the intent of obtaining a M.S. in forest biometry. After taking a number of graduate courses I met with my graduate committee only to tell them that it was dissolved since I did not know what topic to write a thesis on.
I decided to pursue a Ph.D. program. Upon completion of my graduate program I had taken just about all the statistics courses that were offered by the Statistics Department (30 of them) and achieved a GPA of 3.72.
On October 1974 I was hired by The University of Montana as a Research Associate in a 'soft' money position on a fiscal year appointment. I completed and obtained a Ph.D. in Forest Biometry with a minor in Statistics on August 1975 from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
In 1981 I moved into a tenure track Associate Professor position. In 1986 I was promoted to a Full Professor and received tenure. In April 1987 Dean Sid Frissell was seeking an interested faculty member whom would start a GIS laboratory within the School of Forestry. I took up the challenge since I saw a great deal of similarity between spatial analyses with map features and statistical analyses with numeric data. It was a mid-career shift and intellectual boost for me!
On March 1995 I became Director of Quantitative Services within the School of Forestry which encompassed informations systems and technology, networks, client services, statistical consulting and directing a GIS applications group.
In July 2003 the School of Forestry officially became the College of Forestry & Conservation with three departments namely Forest Management, Ecosystem & Conservation Sciences, and Society & Conservation. I officially became chairman of the Forest Management department on September 22, 2003 although I had been serving unofficially in that capacity since February 14, 2003
B.Sc.F. in Forest Management, 1966, University of Toronto
Ph.D. in Forest Biometry with a minor in Statistics on August 1975, Iowa State University
Spatial and nonspatial Statistics
Research and Sampling Methods
Spatial Decision Support Systems
Zuuring, H.R., J.D. Arney and K.S. Milner. 1987. Generic graphical analyses for tree growth model invalidation. In Forest Growth Modelling and Prediction, Volume 2, Proceedings of the IUFRO Conference, August 23-27, 1987, Minneapolis, MN. pp. 828-834. Editors: A.R. Ek, S.R. Shifley, T.E. Burk. USDA For. Serv., Gen. Tech. Rep. NC-120, North Central For. Exp. Sta. 1149 p.