Tricia Gorby is the director for the Natural Resources Institute. Tricia also worked as the Implementation manager for the nEXT Generation project with Extension. Prior to joining Extension, Tricia served in several roles at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, including as the section chief for the Forest Sciences section and as a senior research scientist, leading projects that informed management, outreach, and policy decisions around areas such as private lands management and the effectiveness of partnership networks. Tricia also spent five years as a post-doctoral researcher with Iowa State University and UW-Madison, integrating research, teaching, and outreach to address issues such as bioenergy production, community readiness to address urban tree pests, farmer perspectives on nutrient management practices, and the business networks of forest industry. She holds a Ph.D. in forestry and Master of Science in ecology and evolutionary biology from Iowa State University, and a bachelor’s degree from UW-Madison.