Stephen C. Grado of Mississippi State is a new fellow of the Society of American Foresters.
A professor in the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, he is being honored by the professional organization for his outstanding contributions to the society and the forestry profession.
"Dr. Grado is considered a national expert on multi-purpose forestry, including urban forestry and recreation," said Jim Shepard, MSU forestry department head. "He is very deserving of this honor."
The Society of American Foresters is the national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States. Founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot, it is the largest professional society for foresters in the world.
Over more than a decade on the faculty, Grado also has been honored with the Gamma Sigma Delta honor society's research award of merit and an MSU Office of Research award for outstanding research.
The Teaneck, N.J., native holds a bachelor's degree from Villanova University, as well as bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Pennsylvania State University.
"Dr. Grado is an exceptional professor and researcher," Shepard said. "Steve also serves as the undergraduate coordinator in the department and is currently spearheading reaccreditation of the forestry department."
Grado currently is chair-elect of the Mississippi Society of American Foresters. He also is a member of Xi Sigma Pi honor society, Mississippi Forestry Association, Southern Forest Economics Workers Group, Wildlife Society, International Union of Forest Research Organizations, and Mississippi Urban Forest Council.