Title: SFRC newsletter for alumni and friends
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Title: SFRC newsletter for alumni and friends
Series Title: SFRC newsletter for alumni and friends
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Language: English
Creator: School of Forest Resources and Conservation. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. University of Florida
Publisher: School of Forest Resources and Conservation. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: December 2006
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December 2006

5FRC Newsletter
... for alumni and friends

This issue of the SFRC Newslet-
ter is devoted to "new people and
new programs" of the SFRC.
On this page, we highlight the
new Geomatics initiative (here)
and a new research and outreach
cooperative (below). When you
turn to the inside, you will be in-
troduced to the new faculty who
have recently joined the SFRC and
we hope that you will contact
them directly to get to know
them. These new people and new programs have been enabled by our
alumni, friends and stakeholders, and we truly appreciate your continuing
Earlier this year, the Florida State legislature passed, and the Governor
signed, an appropriations request that will allow a statewide expansion of
our Geomatics program. Professionals and scientists in Geomatics work
in allphases ofgeospatial sciences such as GIS, GPS, remote sensing aerial
photography, surveying and mapping Sincere thanks to everyone in the
Florida Surveying and Mapping Society (FSMS) for making this happen!
Our commitment is to implement this expansion as rapidly and effec-
tively as possible to meet the State's pressing demands for Licensed Pro-
fessionals in Geomatics. The comprehensive expansion of all phases of
the UF/IFAS Geomatics program is designed to:
Increase the number of UF/IFAS BS graduates in Geomatics from

Conserved Forest Ecosystems: Outreach & Research

The School of Forest Resources and Conservation and Department of
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation announce the formation of a new re-
search and outreach cooperative called Conserved Forest Ecosystems: Out-
reach and Research (CFEOR). The mission of CFEOR is to develop and
disseminate knowledge needed to conserve and manage Florida's forests
as I_ .h l..i. working ecosystems that provide social, eco-
logical and economic benefits on a sustainable basis.
The 10 founding members of CFEOR are: Florida
Division of Forestry, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission, Florida Park Service, Florida Wild-
life Federation, National Forests in Florida, The Nature
Conservancy, Northwest Florida Water Management
District, Suwannee River Water Management District, St.
Johns River Water Management District, and UF School of Natural Re-
sources and Environment.
Mike Long of the DOF is the chair of the Steering Committee and
new members are being actively recruited including other agencies, indus-

15 to 80 annually by establishing new BS degree programs at IFAS Re-
search and Education Centers in Ft. Lauderdale (FLREC) and Plant City
(Gulf Coast REC);
Provide undergraduate distance education courses statewide, na-
tionally and internationally and a UF "Certificate in Geomatics" for stu-
dents at other colleges and universities;
Work with FSMS to meet the Continuing Education needs in
the State;
Develop a statewide MS program that allows place-bound pro-
fessionals to obtain a Masters degree from many locations;
Meet the research needs in geospatial sciences; and
Educate the next generation of PhDs who will become the
Geomatics professors of tomorrow.
By February 1, 2007, Geomatics faculty members will be hired at the
UF/IFAS Research and Education Centers in Ft. Lauderdale and Plant
City, and by August, 2007 the Geomatics BS degree programs at those
two locations will offer classes to their first cohort of students. From
then on, undergraduate students finishing at any community college will
be able to choose Gainesville, Ft. Lauderdale or Plant City as the loca-
tion to get their UF BS degree in Geomatics. With your help in recruit-
ing students for these programs, we will be able to meet the high de-
mand for licensed surveyors and mappers in Florida.

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try, consultants, private landowners and municipalities. These organiza-
tions will be working collectively with scientists from the University of
Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and other UF units
to address a wide range of issues including restoring Florida forest eco-
systems; evaluatingwater quality and quantity, valuing forest ecosystems;
assessing visitors and recreation management strate-
gies; promoting biodiversity, wildlife and fish popu-
lations; controlling invasive, exotic species; cost effec-
tive conservation planning through public-private ven-
tures; exploring innovative market opportunities; un-
derstanding and using prescribed fire; and enhancing
threatened and endangered species.
University leadership for CFEOR will come from 4
co-directors: Janaki Alavalapati (SFRC, Economics and Policy), Shibu
Jose (SFRC, Ecology), Taylor Stein (SFRC, Recreation and Ecotourism)
and George Tanner (Wildlife Ecology and Conservation). If you would
like to learn more about CFEOR, please email sjose@ufl.edu.

The School of Forest Resources & Conservation Newsletter is published to inform alumni and friends. Comments and information to share
should be directed to the Main Office: phone (352) 846-0850, fax (352) 392-1707, email sfrc@ifas.ufl.edu. Visit our website at www.sfrc.ufl.edu.

Leda N. Kobziar
Assistant Professor, Fire Science and Forest
Conservation, Gainesville
BS, BA Evergreen State College, WA
MS- University of California, Berkeley
PhD University of California, Berkeley
Courses Taught: Fire Ecology and Manage-
ment, Introduction to Forest Resources and
Research Interests: Efficacy of fuels reduction and prescribed burning
treatments in forest restoration; Predicting potential fire behavior and se-
verity; Using dendrochronology to determine historical fire regimes; The
relationships between fire, fuels management, and soil carbon efflux

Ahmed H. Mohamed
Assistant Professor, Geomatics, Gainesville
BSc -Ain-Shams University, Egypt
MSc -Ain-Shams University, Egypt
PhD University of Calgary
Courses Taught: Advanced Measurement
Science, Forest Resources Information Sys-
1i i. tems, Foundation of Integrated Navigation
and Mapping, Geodesy and Geodetic Posi-
tioning Measurement Science
Research Interests: Geomatics navigation and mapping technologies; Di-
rect geo-referencing Digital imaging LiDAR; Geographic informatics and
their applications in natural resources management

Matthew J. Cohen
Assistant Professor, Forest Water
Resources and Watershed Systems,
BS Swarthmore College
ME University of Florida
PhD University of Florida

Courses Taught: Adaptive Management of
Watersheds, Forest Water Resources, Forests for the Future, Spatial Analy-
sis and Decision Support
Research Interests: Watershed hydrology and biogeochemistry, with an
emphasis on wetland processes; Quantifying the role and value of forest
ecosystems in healthy watersheds

Francisco J. Escobedo
Assistant Professor, Urban Forestry,
BS -New Mexico State University
MS University of Arizona
PhD State University of New York
Courses Taught: Urban Forestry

Research and Extension Interests: Environmental and community
functions of urban forests and the effects of urbanization and other
disturbances on forests

SMichael G. Andreu
Assistant Professor, Forest Sys-
tems, Gulf Coast REC in Plant
BA University of the South
MF- Duke University
PhD University of Washing-
Courses Taught: Dendrology
and Forest Plants, Forest Ecol-
ogy, Fire Management in Natural Resources, Global Energy Issues, Inte-
grated Management, Natural Resource Sampling, and others
Research and Extension Interests: Bio-energy and sustainable forestry,
Exotic and invasive species; Windbreaks; Creating silvicultural templates
to produce biodiversity; Forests in urbanizing landscapes

Kimberly K. Bohn
Assistant Professor, Forest Ecology and
Silviculture, West Flonda REC in Milton
BA-Boston University
MS State University of New York
PhD State University of New York
Courses Taught: Forest Ecology, Natu-
ral Resource Sampling, Silviculture
Research Interests: Ecology and man-
agement of longleaf pine ecosystems; Silviculture of southern conifers
and mixed-wood stands; Interference by native and non-native species;
Forest recovery from disturbance (hurricane, wildfire); Regeneration dy-
namics; Uneven-aged silviculture; Stand and ecosystem modeling

Christina Staudhammer
Assistant Professor, Forest Biometrics,
BS University of California, Davis
MS University of British Columbia
PhD University of British Columbia
Courses Taught: Ecological Statistics, Natu-
ral Resource Sampling
Research Interests: Sampling and experi-
mental design; Development of growth
and yield models; Accounting for complex
correlative structures in ecological models; statistical process control in lum-
ber manufacturing; Energy from woody biomass

Marian V Marinescu
Assistant Professor, Forest Utilization
and Economic Sustainability, West
Florida REC in Milton
BS- Transilvania University, Romania
PhD University of British Columbia
Research and Extension Interests: Iden-
tifying competitive strengths and weak-
nesses of the forest industry across Florida
and the US; Utilization of forest biomass
for bio-energy products; Integration of decisions across the forest to mar-
ket value-chains; Development and implementation of sustainable forest
management practices

x i Patrick J. Minogue
Assistant Professor, Silviculture,
t North Florida RECin Quincy
( Education:
IBS- University of Maryland
MS- North Carolina State
PhD Auburn University

Research and Extension Interests:Vegetation management; Tree
nutrition; Restoration ecology; Fire behavior

Matias Kirst
Assistant Professor, Quantitative
Genetics, Gainesville
BS University of Santa Maria,
MS University ofVigosa, Brazil
PhD North Carolina State
Courses Taught: Forest Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics,
Journal Club Plant Transcriptome Analysis
Research Interests: Genomic research in the genetic regulation of gene
expression and gene expression networks and the discovery of genes;
Metabolic and regulatory networks that control variation in wood qual-
ity, growth and other important traits for the forestry and agronomic

Jason A. Smith
Assistant Professor, Forest
P i ... Gainesville
BS Geneva College
MS University of Minnesota
SPhD University of Minnesota
Da Research and Extension Inter-
S ests: Disease resistance mecha-
nisms; Host-pathogen interac-
tions; Biology and ecology of forest diseases; Diversity and host special-
ization of tree pathogens; Forest health management

Jeremy Flood('00) and son John Kenny
attend a football game in fall 2006 (left).
Aaron Levine('99) took a job with The
Nature Conservancy as the Stewardship
Project Manager this year. His wife gave birth
to their new son Ethan Scott in April.
Charlene Foster Leblue('78) has been appointed Chair of the Land-
scape Architecture program at Auburn Universtiy
Karen Kainer('97) was awarded the of International Achievement
Award at the IFAS and University levels.
Martha Monroe presided over the 35' annual conference of the
North American Association of Environmental Education in St. Paul,
MN. The University of Florida was well represented with well over
20 students, staff, faculty and alumni.
Dan Zarin and Alan Long were promoted to Professor in July of
Leda Kobziar and colleagues were awarded an IFAS Research Inno-
vation grant to work on a project in the Juniper Prairie Wilderness
looking at fire management.
The Project Learning Tree web site won a communication award
in the Web Page Category from the Florida Association of Natural
Resource Extension Professionals.
Alan Long received the Award of Excellence in Public Education &
Technology Transfer from the Society of American Foresters.

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SSupport from SFRC alumni and
friends is vital to our mission of
serving the people and resources of
Florida and the world.
Time, Cash or a Charitable Gift
Annuity that may increase your
retirement income and earn an
income tax deduction.

Thank you!

There are many ways to contribute.
Send cash contributions directly to: School of Forest Resources & Conservation, PO Box 110410, Gainesville, FL 32611
Make checks payable to the University of Florida Foundation, Inc.-SHARE and designate the SFRC.

Without the support of friends we could not maintain our level of academic excellence. Many thanks to the following who donated to SFRC's
Unrestricted Fund: Charles W. Godfrey(59), RobertJ. Marshall(81), Wilma Grosenbaugh, William R. MacKay(57), Norman A. Carlson('51),
Mary E. Mason(95), Erick D. Smith('92), Douglas O. Shipley(3), Thomas J. Renison'68), Susan R. Kett82), Michael J. Dooner('80),
Roger W. BollingerC61), Bob & Erika Simons('64), James B. Rath84), George & Arlene Park('54), Mark & Anne MillerC74), George &
Leslie Krietemeyer(79), Janet & Lowell Hinchee(74), Pamela Gattie(94), Ervin & Kristi Booth III('81), Anne H. Todd Bockarie('96),
Don & Susan Lewis('69), Bill & Mary Cleckley(78),Jay Peacock(86), James F SchaeffnerC50), Terry R. Kroemer(78), Leon P. Brewer(53),
Lawrence & Stephanie Bloyd('84), Michael & Terrie Flannery('84), Seth('O3) & Cierra(4) Ward, Charles H. Houder III(74), Francis J.
Spirek82), Diane I. Ensminger('80), Gary R. Yeck('74), Charles & Joan Hill('79), and W. Leonard Woodc83). Thanks to Georgia Power
Company for matching Pamela Gattie's('94) gift to the School's Unrestricted Fund. Thanks to the Procter & Gamble Company for matching
James F Schaeffner's('50) gift to the School's Unrestricted Fund.
Thanks to the following who donated to the Learning Center Fund in memory of Marie Louise Wesley "Mickey" Swinford: Mr. & Mrs. William
Wade Hampton, Mr. & Mrs. Edward Carlson,Jake & Dot Huffman, Ray & Virginia Goddard(48), Molly Morrison, EdithJ. G. Brasington,
Roger & Janie Bollinger'61), Wayne Smith & Mitzi Austin, Virginia Beckwith, Wilma Grosenbaugh, Bill & Aleta McElwain(49), Joel
& Polly Smith('59), Mr. & Mrs. George Freeman, Josephine Ziegler Auten, Evalee Grenamyer, Anita E. Chappell, Ralph & Sally Ander-
son('49), and Janice Berg. Thanks to Bob & Mickey Swinford for donating to the Learning Center Fund in memory of Mrs. BettyJane Jones,
Frank C. Chappell, Gilbert J. Schenkel & Herbert B. Attaway. Thanks to the Office of Environmental Protection, Florida Power and
Light, Packaging Corporation of America, Ring Power Corporation, and Rayonier for donating to Project Learning Tree. Thanks to the
Florida Forestry Association, Red River Specialties, Inc., Florida Farm Bureau Federation, Environmental Services, Inc., F&W For-
estry Services, Inc., International Forest Company, and Farm Credit of Northwest Florida for donating to the Florida Forest Stewardship
Program. Thanks to Edsall Groves, Inc., Mosaic Crop Nutrition, LLC & Premier Citrus, LLC for their contributions to Dr. Don Rockwood's
research program. Thanks to BASF Corporation for their contribution to Dr. ShibuJose's research program. Thanks to Myer Land Surveying,
Inc.and Charles & Amy Schramm for donating to the Surveying Support Fund. Thanks to Jim & Joh-Nana Lybass for their scholarship
contributions. Thanks to Wayne Smith & Mitzi Austin for their contribution to Cathryn Herrin Morris Student Enrichment Fund. Thanks to
IBM Corporation for matching George Smith's gift to the Leigh A. Walker Memorial Scholarship Fund. Thanks to Andrew & Holly Zweizig
for their contribution to the Newins & Ziegler Scholarship Fund in memory of Elizabeth Ziegler Olson. Thanks to Josephine Ziegler Auten
for her contribution to theJohn Gray Endowment for Excellence in Forest Resources and Conservation.

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