The F&ES-based Tropical Resources Institute
(TRI) this month published a Special Issue
that highlights three decades of student work in commemoration of the organization’s 30th anniversary.
The Special Issue features 19 articles that were previously published in Tropical Resources
, TRI’s annual publication, or its predecessor, TRI News
In an introductory article, William “Bill” Burch
, the Frederick C. Hixon Professor Emeritus of Natural Resources Management at F&ES and TRI’s founding director, reflects on the organization's founding — and the people who have made it a landmark program in conservation training.
“We… went about creating a truly global TRI program with an international advisory committee, linkages to other international programs, improved course offerings from experts in tropical affairs and a whole turning of the effort toward conservation and development that included the skills and needs of local tropical forest communities,” Burch writes. “There was ample room for pure science but the central tendency of the program was on conserving of the people and forests in the tropics.”
Since its inception in 1984, TRI has sponsored more than 600 TRI Fellows
and their student research projects, and helped them publish their scholarly work in Tropical Resources
and other academic journals.