Mary Duryea is Professor and Associate Dean at the University of Florida/IFAS. She is a Phi Beta Kappa cum laude graduate of University of California, Berkeley in Conservation of Natural Resources (1972). She received an M.S. in Wildland Resource Science from UC Berkeley in 1974 and a Ph.D. from Oregon State University in Forest Science in 1981.
After serving as an Assistant Professor at Oregon State University, Mary joined the faculty in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida in 1985. Her appointment was in research, teaching and extension in reforestation and urban forestry. She has published numerous books, book chapters and journal articles in the areas of tree physiology and reforestation. Her most recent book, published in 2005, was entitled Forests of the Wildland-Urban: Conservation and Management.
Special assignments have included serving as Editor-in-Chief for the international journal New Forests from 1986 to 1996 and as a member of the Forestry Research Advisory Council to the USDA Secretary of Agriculture from 1997 to 2002. She is also an Affiliate Faculty Member of the Center for Latin American Studies and the Center for African Studies, University of Florida.
Mary has received numerous awards for her research and education. In 2001, she received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation. In 2002, she was presented with the Edward Bok Award in Urban Forestry by the Florida Urban Forestry Council. She received the Stephen Spurr Award for Forestry Research and Technology from the Florida Society of American Foresters in 2002. In 2003, she was presented with the Southeastern Society of American Foresters Award of Excellence in Public Education and Technology Transfer.
In 2001, Mary was appointed Assistant Dean for Research in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida. In 2005, she was promoted to Associate Dean for Research. One of her major duties is to enhance research programs in Natural Resources and the Environment.