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West Florida Research and Education Center

West Florida Research and Education Center

Dr. Ajay Sharma

Assistant Professor


Dr. Ajay Sharma a 60% teaching and 40% research appointment in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation. He teaches courses for Natural Resource Conservation (NRC) degree program at the UF/IFAS Milton Campus. Over the past seventeen years, he and his team have conducted forestry and ecological research in diverse forest types of India and the United States. Most of his current research has primarily focused on restoration and management of southern pine ecosystems.


  • Research

    Dr. Sharma’s research program is in the field of applied forest ecology. He employs empirical, experimental, and modeling approaches to understand the effects of alternative forest management and silvicultural treatments on stand structure, composition, and development over time, particularly for stands with multiple-use or restoration management objectives. This understanding of stand dynamics helps forest managers to devise appropriate interventions to meet the diverse goals of management including timber production, enhancement of wildlife habitat and biodiversity, structural complexity, carbon sequestration, biomass harvest, and forest restoration. Current projects are aimed at evaluating regeneration systems (even and uneven-aged) and restoring groundcover in southern pine ecosystems.

    Research Publications



Milton Rm. 4919
UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center
5988 Hwy. 90, Bldg. 4900
Milton, FL 32583
Research Publications
Twitter: @the_ajay_sharma
Website: The Sharma Lab

  • Education
    • Ph.D. Forestry Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, 2012
    • M.S. Forestry, Gujarat Agricultural University, India, 2002
    • B.S. Forestry, University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan, India, 1999