Austin Heine

Reforestation Advisor

North Carolina and Virginia

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BS degree in Forest Management, North Carolina State University
MS degree in Forestry, North Carolina State University
Ph.D. candidate in Forestry with an interest in Improving Seed Yields for Mass Control Pollinated Loblolly Pine, North Carolina State University

Professional Background

Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Tree Improvement Program at North Carolina State University Cooperative

Operations Manager, Research Associate in the Tree Improvement Program at North Carolina State University Cooperative

Co-instructed FOR 727 (Tree Improvement Research Techniques) and FOR 204 (Silviculture)

ArborGen Reforestation Advisor, January 2023 – present

Professional Affiliations

Registered Forester in North Carolina

Active Member of Society of American Foresters

Austin Heine is responsible for marketing, sales, and customer support of ArborGen’s advanced genetics seedlings in North Carolina, Virginia and Eastern Tennessee.

Austin comes to ArborGen from the North Carolina State University Cooperative Tree Improvement Program, where he was the Operations Manager, Research Associate. Working alongside cooperative members, staff, and students, he oversaw operations at progeny test/research sites, greenhouses, breeding centers, and labs. Austin also co-instructed FOR 727 (tree improvement research techniques) and FOR 204 (silviculture). Before becoming an Operations Manager, he was an undergraduate research assistant in the Tree Improvement Program.

Austin is a Ph.D. candidate in Forestry at N.C. State with expected completion this year. He earned an M.S. in Forestry and a B.S. in Forest Management from N.C. State University as well. His master’s and Ph.D. research focused on improving seed yields for mass control pollinated loblolly pine. Austin is also an N.C. registered forester and an active member of SAF.

Austin lives in Eastover, NC, with his wife Logan and two-year-old son Luke. Austin enjoys spending time outdoors, with family, and with his church. When he is not planting or growing trees, he is either saltwater fishing, hunting, or watching the NCSU Wolfpack.