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Michael Tiller

Experience and Interests

Teaching Experience

  • Adjunct Faculty, Stephen F. Austin State University (2021-2022)
  • Adjunct Faculty, Stephen F. Austin State University (2018-2019)

Professional Experience

  • Wildland Urban Interface Specialist II, Texas A&M Forest Service, Nacogdoches, TX (2014-2016)
  • Fire Apparatus Engineer/Firefighter, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (1988-2003)

Research Interests

  • Forest ecology
  • Fire ecology
  • Fire management
  • Ecological restoration


Professional Memberships

  • Member, Society of American Foresters (2017-Present)
  • Member, Association for Fire Ecology (2012-Present)


What did you want to be when you were growing up?

Wildlife Biologist

Favorite quote?

“We abuse land because we see it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect”.
– Aldo Leopold

A piece of advice for students?

I encourage students to develop a good work ethic and take advantage of opportunities to get involved in student organizations, internships, research, and professional networking.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I enjoy helping students develop professionally and becoming passionate about sustainable natural resource management that meets the diverse needs of society.

Michael Tiller
Assistant Professor in Forest Ecology
College of Natural Resources

367 Trainer Natural Resources


Ph.D. Forestry
Stephen F. Austin State University

M.S. Environmental Science
Stephen F. Austin University

B.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences
Texas A&M University