The University of Arkansas at Monticello named Robert Ficklin, Ph.D, as the Sturgis Professor in Forest Biology. The Sturgis Professorship was established by an endowment from the Roy and Christine Sturgis Charitable and Educational Trust, according to a news release.


Ficklin joined UAM as an assistant professor of forest soils in 2002, was promoted to associate professor in 2008, and professor in 2016.


In 2015, he became associate dean for academics and continues in that role for the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources, according to the release.


“Dr. Ficklin has been a valued member of our faculty for many years and is well deserving of this endowed professorship,” said Dr. Phil Tappe, Dean of the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources.


Ficklin joins other College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources faculty supported through endowed positions, including, Matthew Pelkki, the George H. Clippert Chair of Forest Economics, Management and Policy; Hal Liechty, The George Brown Professor of Forest Hydrology and Ecology; and Don White, the James M. White Professor of Wildlife Biology and Management.