Alan R. Townsend

Science, Writing & Academic Leadership


Dr. AIan Townsend is a scientist, author and the incoming Dean of the Franke College of Forestry & Conservation at the University of Montana. His childhood in Hawaii and Montana led him to a career devoted to understanding our changing planet, and what we can do to find a more sustainable relationship between humanity and the environments on which we all depend.


Alan has served in leadership positions at university, national and international levels, including Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University,  Provost of Colorado College, Director of CU-Boulder’s Environmental Studies Program and its Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, Director of the Division of Environmental Biology at the National Science Foundation, and Co-Director of the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program.  He is a highly cited author of more than 130 peer reviewed articles, and received his bachelor’s degree from Amherst College, and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University.  He is an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, a Google Science Communication Fellow and was featured in the recent Let Science Speak documentary film. 




W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation

32 Campus Drive

Missoula, MT  59812

(406) 243-5521


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