Profile: David Jones
When you think of items made out of wood, you probably think of things like furniture, doors and flooring. But even products such as toothpaste, imitation vanilla extract and food additives can contain wood.
Forest products are an integral part of our lives, and no one knows this more than David Jones, assistant Extension professor and forest products Extension specialist.
As the only forest products Extension specialist in the state, Jones performs a multitude of outreach and instruction, working with foresters, companies and the public.
"Each day, each one of us uses six pounds of wood," he said. "The forest industry is so important because it's tied into so many things."
Jones conducts wood science-based research, focusing on factors such as wood quality as it relates to tree growth and rapid assessment techniques of wood properties.
"As the demand for forest products has increased, so has the rate at which we grow trees," Jones said. "I look at what we can do to increase tree growth while still maintaining the needed quality."
In addition, Jones helps put on the Wood Magic Science Fair, where about 4,000 fourth-graders from across the state visit campus to learn about the importance of wood in their lives.
Jones also teaches several classes such as wood anatomy and lumber manufacturing, and co-wrote the only published introductory forest products textbook.
In recognition of his leadership in the field, Jones was chosen last year for the Leadership for the 21st Century, or Lead21, program. Lead21's purpose is to develop leaders within land-grant universities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture through a yearlong course including three sessions and an individual learning component.
Jones received his bachelor's degree from Clemson University, master's degree from Stephen F. Austin University and doctorate from the University of Georgia.Writer: Margaret Kovar | Photo: Megan Bean
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