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George Host

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Professional title

Initiative Director - Forest and Land


George Host is Landscape Ecologist and Director of the Forest and Land Initiative as well as NRRI’s Geographic Information System laboratory. His current research includes application of LiDAR for forest resource analysis, interactions between forests and aquatic systems, and large-scale landscape assessment. Areas of expertise include quantification of environmental stressors, spatial analysis, and visualization of complex data for scientific and public audiences.  Dr. Host serves on advisory panels for the MN Dept of Natural Resources, the MN Forest Resources Council, and numerous county and municipal groups. 


  • Ph.D., Forest Ecology, Michigan State University, East Lansing. 1987
  • M.S., Botany, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. 1982
  • B.S., Botany, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. 1977