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Jeffrey L. Kirwan

Emeritus Professor and Extension Specialist

Ph.D., University of Virginia, Environmental Sciences, 1998; MS, University of Minnesota, Forest Resources, 1978; BA, Bridgewater College, Biology, 1972


Jeff Kirwan is Emeritus Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech. Before retiring he worked with Extension Agents, Master Naturalists, Project Learning Tree and other volunteers to provide environmental education for youth, and he coordinated the Virginia big tree program. His research interests focus on indigenous ecology and cultural landscapes. He continues to advocate for the protection and restoration of Stadium Woods, an imperiled old-growth forest on the central campus. Jeff is a member of the Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians on his native Eastern Shore of Maryland. He and his wife, Judy, live in Blacksburg.
Professional Experience
  • 2010- present: Emeritus Professor and Extension Specialist, Virginia Tech           
  • 1996 - 2009: Extension Specialist, Environmental Education, Virginia Tech
  • 1978 - 1995: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth, Albemarle and Loudoun Counties, Virginia
  • 1976 - 1978: Research Assistant, University of Minnesota College of Forestry
  • 1972 - 1976: Biology Teacher, Dorchester County, Maryland, Public Schools
Memberships in Selected Organizations
  • Association of Natural Resources Extension Professionals
  • Maryland and Virginia Forestry Associations
  • Native American and Indigenous Studies Association
  • Indian Member, Nause Waiwash Tribe (Maryland)
Selected Recent Publications
  • McGee, John, and J.L. Kirwan. 2010. The Sky’s the Limit: Integrating Geospatial Tools with Pre-college Youth Education. [Article 1TOT5] Journal of Extension 48:1. http://www.joe.org/joe/2010february/tt5.php
  • Hugo, N.R., Kirwan, J.L. and R. Llewellyn. 2008. Remarkable Trees of Virginia. Univ. Virginia Press, Charlottesville. 276 pp. (4thprinting)
  • Kirwan, J.L., P.E. Wiseman and J.R. Seiler. 2007. Trees on K-12 School Campuses in Virginia. Virginia Journal Science 58(1), 3–16. Richmond. ISSN 0042-658X.
  • Kirwan, M.L., J.L. Kirwan and C.A. Copenheaver. 2007. A Coastal Forest’s Response to Rising Seal Level on the Delmarva Peninsula. J. Coastal Research 23(2), 457–463. West Palm Beach (Florida), ISSN 0749-0208.
Recent Awards
  • Crown Award- Virginia Department of Forestry’s highest civilian honor, given to an individual or entity that has gone beyond the call of duty and set a standard of excellence others can admire. (2012)
  • Virginia Naturally Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Paula Klonowski, Science Coordinator, Va. Dept. of Education and the Office of Environmental Education (2010)
  • Library of Virginia Literary Award for Non-fiction (2009)
  • Thomas Jefferson Medal for Natural Science Education, presented by the Hon. Preston Bryant, Secretary of Natural Resources and the Virginia Museum of Natural History (2007)
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