The Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences welcomes Dr. April Hulet as a new associate professor.
Growing up around family-owned ranches in southern Utah sparked Hulet’s interest in plants and wide-open spaces. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Southern Utah University and then earned both her master’s and PhD in wildlife and wildland conservation from BYU. Hulet taught at the University of Idaho while living in Meridian, Idaho, for the past six years.
Hulet’s research focuses on rangeland and restoration ecology. Her other areas of expertise include fire ecology, remote sensing, and geographic information systems (GIS). Ensuring that lands are resilient to disturbances before and after they occur is the main focus of Hulet’s studies. “I love that there are a lot of challenges, but along with those challenges there are a lot of opportunities to learn about what’s happening out there and how to be good stewards,” she says.
As much as Hulet enjoys her research, her favorite part of being a professor is seeing students succeed through learning new things and mastering new concepts. “I really like interacting with students,” she says. “They have the best ideas and challenge me.”