V. Alaric Sample

Ph.D. Natural Resource Policy and Economics
Yale University

V. Alaric (Al) Sample is Adjunct Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, as well as President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the Pinchot Institute for Conservation in Washington, DC, where he served as President and CEO 1995-2015. He was elected a Fellow of the Society of American Foresters in 2000. He is the author of numerous books, research papers, and articles on topics in national and international environmental and natural resource policy. His current research is focused on the integration of climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resilience into the evolving institutional, legal, and policy framework for natural resource management. His most recent book is Forest Conservation in the Anthropocene: Science, Policy, and Practice, with R. Patrick Bixler and Char Miller (University Press of Colorado, 2016). Sample earned his doctorate in natural resource policy and economics from Yale University, for which he received the National Wildlife Federation Environmental Conservation Fellowship for excellence in graduate research. He holds an MBA and a Master of Forestry both from Yale, and a Bachelor of Science in forest resource management from the University of Montana. His professional experience spans the public, private and nonprofit sectors and includes assignments with the U.S. Forest Service, Champion International, The Wilderness Society, and the Prince of Thurn und Taxis in Bavaria, Germany. He specialized in resource economics and natural resource policy as a Senior Fellow at the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, DC, as Vice President for Research at the American Forestry Association and as a Research Affiliate on the faculty of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (FES). Sample has served on numerous national task forces and commissions, including the President’s Commission on Environmental Quality task force on biodiversity on private lands, and the National Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry. Internationally he has served as a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Forum on Forests, and to the World Forestry Congress in Antalya, Turkey. Sample is a founding board member and past president of the Forest Stewards Guild. He has served on the AYA Board of Governors at Yale University, and on the board of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies Alumni Association (1994-2008) where he served as president 2001-2005. He continues to serve on the Yale FES Leadership Council (2000-present).