April 11, 2019 – Reynolds Alumni Ctr.

2017 Brady J. Deaton Fellow in International Agriculture: Francisco Aguilar

Francisco Aguilar

Francisco Aguilar has been an associate professor of forestry at the University of Missouri since 2007 with a focus on sustainable forest management. He is a forest resource economist interested in helping society achieve better forest resource management through independent and unbiased research and communication.

Aguilar has a strong international background with a long list of global experiences. He has been a part of educational systems in Costa Rica, the United Kingdom and the United States. He has used that experience as a building block toward his teaching style. He incorporates his vast global experience in the examples he uses in the classroom.

Aguilar’s research focuses in two areas: the economics of wood and non-wood products, and policy and land management. He follows the wood energy market and its competitiveness as compared to other energy sources.   

“Just in terms of his training, he has had geographical diversity in his professional development which he uses to further inform and expand his teaching,” said John R. Jones, Curators Professor Emeritus, School of Natural Resources. “He’s been trained in Costa Rica, and the United Kingdom, as well as experiencing a more global outlook with exposure to some of the top educational systems in Latin America, Europe and North America. He has studied the development and expansion of environmental certification programs in the global marketplace, focusing on the potential adoption of a common global code of conduct for sustainable forest management.” 


Dr. Aguilar is a forest resource economist interested in helping society achieve better forest resource management through independent and unbiased research and communication. He does this in an environment where ethics, diversity, inclusiveness and tolerance are fundamental values to achieve sustainable outcomes.

John R. Jones, Curators Professor Emeritus, School of Natural Resources