Shibu Jose

Shibu Jose


Associate Dean

Office of Research


The School of Natural Resources

Director AES

Agricultural Experiment Station

Research at a glance

Research Summary

Agroecology, ecological interactions, agroforestry

Shibu Jose serves as the associate dean for research in CAFNR and as the director of the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station.

Previously, he was the director of the School of Natural Resources at the University of Missouri.

He has also served as the H.E. Garrett Endowed Chair Professor and director of the Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri (2009-2017) and Professor of Forest Ecology at the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida (1998-2009) in the past.

Jose received his bachelor’s degree from Kerala Agricultural University, India, and his master’s degree and doctorate degree from the College of Agriculture at Purdue University.

He has received $51 million in funding ($16 million as PI), published eleven edited books and 250 research articles with nearly 13,000 citations, and delivered over 320 presentations, including 70 invited international talks.

He has led major interdisciplinary research projects involving agronomists, plant breeders, soil scientists, animal scientists, natural resource scientists and socio-economists. He has published in such journals as Agronomy Journal, Plant and Soil, Frontiers in Plant Sciences, Applied Soil Ecology, Agroforestry Systems, Forest Science, Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics and Nature among others.

His economic development activities have led to several invention disclosures, two patents (pending) and one start-up company.

He has served as the major professor for 15 PhD, 36 MS students, 11 postdoctoral scientists and 21 visiting scholars during his career.

He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Society of American Foresters. He has received numerous awards for research, including the highest honor for forest biology research (Barrington Moore Memorial Award) from the Society of American Foresters and the Scientific Achievement Award from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO). He has also received the inaugural (2018) Partner in Leadership Advancement Award from the University of Missouri and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Agriculture, Purdue University.

He has served as Editor-In-Chief of Agroforestry Systems (2008-2022), the premier journal in the field of agroforestry, published by Springer-Nature, and on the editorial board of several other journals.

He is the chair of the Forestry Research Advisory Council that advises the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

Educational background

  • Ph.D., 1997, Purdue University