Dr. David J. Moorhead is Professor of Silviculture at the University of Georgia's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and Co-Director of the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health. Moorhead is a native of Louisville, KY and received a B.S. in Forestry from the University of Kentucky; an M.S. in Silviculture/Soils from Mississippi State University and his Ph.D. in Forest Ecophysiology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. This is his 35th year with the University of Georgia where he provides statewide and regional service/outreach programs for county extension agents, private landowners, foresters and natural resource managers on silviculture, forest vegetation management, invasive species and forest health issues, forest regeneration, prescribed fire and forest management. He is involved in extensive program development in the area of invasive species awareness and management, and conducts workshops across the South on invasive plant pathways of spread in forested/natural ecosystems, management and control techniques.
Moorhead received the 2007 Outstanding Service Award in Forest Health Protection from the Georgia Forestry Commission, the 2009 Award of Excellence in Public Education in Technology Transfer from the Southeastern Society of American Foresters, the 2016 Walter Barnard Hill Award for Distinguished Achievement in Public Service and Outreach from the University of Georgia, the 2017 National Technology Transfer Award from the Society of American Foresters, and the 2018 Forest Landowner Association's Extension Forester of the Year Award. He has been active in the Southeastern Exotic Pest Plant Council and the North American Invasive Species Network, and served on the Board of Directors for the North American Invasive Species Management Association (President-elect 2017).