Tuesday and Wednesday programs will open with plenary speakers. Invited speakers include:

Chris Woodall

Dr. Chris Woodall
Forest research in a time of global change:  How do we ensure future markets, forests, and communities grow from sound science?

Dr. Woodall is a Project Leader of Northern Forest Science and Applications Research Work Unit within the Northern Research Station, USDA Forest Service and Adjunct Faculty, Dept. of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota.  The USFS research program comprises 14 experimental forests (including Hubbard Brook, Bartlett, and Marcell) stretching from Maine to Minnesota. Previously a Research Forester for 15 years in the Northern Research Station’s Research Unit, Forest Inventory and Analysis, one of four such units that comprise the national Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program. Dr. Woodall was awarded the 2014 Distinguished Scientist Award by the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station.  Dr. Woodall’s publications can be accessed at: http://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/people/Woodall.

Kim NovickDr. Kim Novick
The increasing importance of humidity in determining tree response to drought

Dr. Novick is an Associate Professor at Indiana University School of Public & Environmental Affairs. Research interests include the biophysical determinants of ecosystem carbon uptake and water use and exploring tradeoffs between tree growth, drought sensitivity, and resistance to insect outbreak. Her recent research is  focused on fingerprinting the biophysical mechanisms that determine ecosystem-scale carbon and water cycle fluxes. Field research locations include the Morgan-Monroe Flux Tower, one of the longest running flux monitoring towers in the Ameriflux network, the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, and the Crossett Experimental Forest in southern Arkansas. Novick’s work has been published in several environmental science journals, including Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Global Change Biology, Nature Climate Change, Oecologia, and Tree Physiology.

Brady HardimanDr. Brady S. Hardiman
The promise and peril of emerging technologies for forest sciences in the 21st century

Dr. Hardiman, Assistant Professor of Urban Ecology, Purdue University Departments of Forestry & Natural Resources and Environmental and Ecological Engineering, is a terrestrial ecologist and biogeochemist interested in ecosystem responses to anthropogenic modification including disturbance, management, and land-use change associated with urbanization. His research combines field observations and large-scale ecosystem experiments with remote sensing and ecosystem modeling. He employs this suite of tools to investigate relationships between ecosystem structure and function across a gradient of natural to highly engineered environments within a global change context

Dr. Klaus J. Puettmann
Managing forest as complex adaptive systems: What does that really mean and how can we implement it in the woods?

Professor  in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University,  Dr. Puettmann’s  work deals with trying to develop silvicultural treatments that maintain or encourage ecosystem resilience and adaptability, while providing income, timber, wildlife habitat, clean water, and other goods. He believes much can be gained from linking the theories of complex adaptive systems to practical applications used by several silvicultural approaches, such as variable retention cutting, close-to-nature or continuous-cover silviculture, and other approaches that fall under the label ecosystem management.