Richard Schultz

  • University Professor
  • Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management
  • Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management
  • 242 Science II
  • Phone 515-294-7602
  • Email
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PhD, Iowa State University, 1970
MS, Iowa State University, 1968
BS, Iowa State University, 1965

Awards/Special Recognition

  • Robert Parks Faculty Commendation for your outstanding contributions to the Honors Program through teaching, advising, and mentoring, 2015
  • Multicultural Student Affairs Office recognition by multicultural students as an individual who has helped them to feel welcomed, encouraged and supported 2015
  • Most Beloved Teacher of the Year Award – Forestry Majors, NREM, 2012
  • Awarded position of ISU University Professor, 2010
  • Most Beloved Teacher of the Year Award – Forestry Majors, NREM, 2009
  • Trees Forever 20th Anniversary Partnership Award, 2009
  • Regional Winner of a USDA CREES National Award for Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences, 2008
  • Bear Creek Research and Demonstration listed as one of 150 Iowa State Contributions “How Iowa State Has Changed the World” – ISU’s riparian (streamside) buffer research and demonstration of Bear Creek in Story County, Iowa, has received national recognition and is a prototype for an ambitious national buffer strip project for protecting water quality on agricultural lands, 2008
  • Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 2008 Research Award for Impact and Quality: In recognition of the article: Sediment and nutrient removal in an established riparian buffer, thus helping to carry out the goals and objectives of the Soil and Water Conservation Society., 2008
  • Friend of Conservation Award – Iowa State Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, 2007
  • The Agroecology Issue Team at Iowa State University received a certificate of recognition for outstanding leadership and personal stewardship in achieving results through cooperative conservation, an accomplishment profiled at the White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation held in St. Louis, MO, 2005.
  • Regent’s Award for Faculty Excellence, 2004
  • President’s Award to Agroecology Team by Tree’s Forever, 2004
  • College of Agriculture Team Award – Agroecology Issue Team of the Leopold Center, 2003
  • American Society of Agronomy Educational Materials Awards – second place award went to “Riparian Management Systems – An Introduction to RiMS,” developed by Thomas Schultz, Agronomy Department program assistant and Richard Schultz, professor of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, 2003
  • Best Paper – Journal of Soil and Water Conservation (co-authored), 2002
  • Division of Soil Conservation Award (with Tom Isenhart and Joe Colletti). Presented by the State Soil Conservation Committee and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Division of Soil Conservation, 2000
  • Best Forestry Publication. Stewards of Our Streams: Riparian Buffer Systems. Pm-1626a. (Publication was awarded Outstanding Forestry Communications Award –by the National Woodland Owners Association and USDA-CREES.)(primary author), 1998
  • Bear Creek designated National Restoration Watershed under the Clean Water Action Plan. One of twelve around the country and the only one in the Midwest. (leader of Agroecology Issue Team conducting the work), 1999
  • Ada Hayden Conservation Education Award – Iowa Association of Naturalists and the Iowa Conservation Education Council, 1998.
  • Society of American Foresters Fellow, 1997
  • Louis Thompson Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, 1997
  • Xi Sigma Pi Professor of the Year -School of Forest Resources (University of Georgia), 1978
  • University wide Honors Day Citation for Superior teaching (University of Georgia), 1977

Teaching Responsibilities
GLOBE 211. Issues in Global Resource Systems
FOR 206. Forestry Fall Camp
NREM/ENSCI 301. Forest Ecology & Soils
GLOBE 302. Integrated Principles of Global Resource Systems in Developing Nations
NREM/ENSCI 407/507. Watershed Management
FOR 454. Forestry Practicum
NREM 504. Forest Landscapes, Wildlife and Silviculture

Global Engagement
Dr. Schultz has had significant involvement with international programs that show students natural resource management issues around the globe. He has led and co-led 25 study abroad and service learning trips to China, South Korea, Greece, Turkey, Norway, Ecuador, and Thailand. Dr. Schultz has been a leader in the Uganda Service Learning program for eight years, working with students on school gardening and feeding programs in Kamuli, Uganda. He has hosted study abroad student groups from South Korea and China, visiting professors from South Korea, Venezuela, Kazakhstan and China, and graduate and undergraduate visiting scholars from around the world.

Dr. Schultz interacts with researchers and academic organizations studying agroforestry globally. He served as co-chair of an International Biodiversity Conference, and received a grant allowing farmers, faculty and students to study sustainable agriculture in China. Dr. Schultz served as a co-major professor for a PhD candidate, taught a graduate course, and developed curriculum at L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University in Astana, Kazakhstan. Dr. Schultz assisted students in Kazakhstan, Kenya, and Uganda with research and evaluating agroforestry programs, and was part of a team that helped develop curriculum at the Mangosuthu Technicon, in Durban, South Africa. He has made invited presentations at meetings around the world and was a visiting Ecologist for 6 weeks at the Budesanstaldt fuer Vegetationskunde in Bonn, Germany.