Tony Cheng is a professor in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship and the director of the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute. His research focuses on forest governance, policy and administration; specifically, collaborative approaches to promote resilient social-ecological systems linked to forest landscapes. Cheng co-authored the book Forest Conservation Policy, published in 2003.
Cheng received his B.A. in political science from Whitman College in 1990. He then studied forestry, earning his M.S. from the University of Minnesota in 1993 and his Ph.D. from Oregon State University in 2000. Cheng is affiliated with several professional organizations, including the Forest Guild, the Society of American Foresters and the Society of Human Ecology.