R. Joseph Murphy was born and raised in Franklin, TN. and obtained his Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of Tennessee in 2003. Since then, Joe has worked across the US for federal, state, and non-profit organizations in thirteen different states in the areas of forestry, conservation, wildfire suppression, timber stand improvement, emergency responder, timber cruising, prescribed fire, and preserve management.
Joe has also served as a Community Based Natural Resource Volunteer for the Peace Corps in Malawi, Africa. He was hired on as the Center’s staff Forester in January of 2015.