The School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC) received (2) improving student proficiency in communicating
$236,000 from the National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fel- effectively with resource managers, and
lowship Grants Program at the USDA-CSREES for two MS and two PhD (3) building students' skills in facilitating, negotiating,
fellowships to support CFEOR projects. Damian Adams (lead project consensus building and in conflict management.
investigator) will administer the fellowship with assistance from the co- To help achieve these goals, the project is closely tied to Conserved
project investigators, Leda Kobziar, Holly Ober, Kimberly Bohn, Taylor Forest Ecosystems: Outreach and Research (CFEOR), a cooperative of
Stin ndDugCrtr eight public land management agencies, which is administered through
The graduate stipends associated with the grant include $18,500 per the SFRC and the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation.
year for two years for each MS student, and $24,500 per year for three CFEOR members will match their agency personnel with NNF fellows to
years for each PhD student. While the total award offer a unique mentoring experience and provide
to the SFRC was $236,000, the SFRC and UF-CALS fellows with a good understanding of decision-
have committed an additional $104,000 to fund makin In a d maaeet ae Alo stu
tuition costs. dents will take part in new and ongoing research
This National Needs Fellowship (NNF) program pursuits of interest to CFEOR, to develop and
targets students in forest resources, within the Conserved Forest Ecosystems test hypotheses related to adaptive forest man-
discipline of conservation and renewable natural Outreach and Research agement and to develop skills for interacting and
resources and will emphasize the integration of ecology, silviculture and collaborating with leaders in natural resource agencies. Students will
fire effects, and their quantitative evaluation within an adaptive man- also participate in training through the Florida Natural Resources Lead-
agement context. The goal is to educate graduate students with the ership Institute. To address the NNF goal of encouraging minorities and
specific objectives of: women in the areas of forestry and conservation, this program will ac-
(1) training students in interdisciplinary aspects of adaptive tively recruit students from underrepresented and minority groups.
N~on troagte O~ra
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REC and Dan Zarin all left the SFRC to assume new positions outside
of higher education. Three other faculty moved into positions at differ-
ent universities: Janaki Alavalapati became a department chair at Vir-
ginia Tech; Shibu Jose became the Director of the Agroforestry Center
at the University of Missouri; and Christie Staudhammer is now a faculty
member at the University of Alabama.
Lastly, there were two retirements from the SFRC, Don Rockwood
and Alan Long. Both Don and Alan were part of the SFRC for more than
25 years and they touched many students' lives. Don taught forest men-
suration and former students still comment both on how challenging
that class was while they were taking it and how critical it became to
them in their careers. Don is staying active in developing short-rotation
woody crops for bioenergy. Alan taught several classes to undergradu-
ate students (dendrology, operations and fire) and was a friend to many
of them. He was also well known throughout the State as a top forester
and person. Alan is staying active in fire ecology and management and
the Society of American Foresters. Both of them will be sorely missed
and we wish them well in their "retirement" years.
The five new and one transferring faculty members are profiled in
the inside of this newsletter. These new faculty members bring rich new
skills and expertise to the SFRC. As they are developing their programs,
they would appreciate your input. So, please contact them, introduce
yourself and start a dialogue about how their teaching, research and
extension programs can best meet your needs and the needs of the
State, nation and world!.
The School of Forest Resources
and Conservation is fortunate to have
outstanding, faculty members who
are actively engaged in teaching, re-
..search and extension in the broad
r, areas of: forest resources and conser-
vation; fisheries and aquatic sciences;
and g~eomatics, mapping, land tenure,
GIS and GPS. Last year alone, these
faculty: (1) Taught 150 undergraduate students enrolled in our three
majors and thousands of non-majors; (2) Trained 140 SFRC graduate
students who will become the next generation of scientists and educa-
tors; (3) Generated $7 million in grant support to leverage state funding
for cutting edge research; (4) Published more than 100 articles in jour-
nals refereed by peers at other universities (the gold standard for sci-
entific publications); and (5) Delivered vibrant extension programs that
touched literally tens of thousands of landowners, lawmakers, county
agents, citizens and youth in Florida.
The past two years have been unusually active in faculty comings and
goings with 9 faculty members departing the SFRC for various reasons,
5 new faculty joining us and 1 faculty member changing locations from
the Research and Education Center (REC) in Plant City to Gainesville.
Of the departing faculty, Rick Williams and Marian Marinescu from the
west Florida REC at Milton, Gamal Seedahmed from the Ft. Lauderdale
Appr~ciation for our SupportersF
Without the support of friends we could not maintain our level of academic excellence*
Thank you to the following for their contributions to the School's Unrestricted Fund: Sam Poole ('70), Give a Gift!
Karin Griggs, Dr. & Mrs. Loukas Arvanitis, Ryan LaPorte ('92), Paul David Kidd ('59), Paul Wilder('60), Your support can be used for student
David Austin ('59), Deborah McGrath ('98), Ken Smith ('96), William MacKay ('57), Roger (61) & Janie scholarships and travel to conferences,
Bollinger, Steve ('92) & Laura Lowrimore ('93), Carol Wild ('93), James Rogers ('59), Mary Duryea, purchasing of new equipment to keep us
Mark Miller ('74), Bruce Hill ('79), Hugh McKain ('65), Roy Lima ('78), Pamela Gattie ('94), William up-to-date, as well as many other uses.
Cleckley ('78), Rand & Anne Rilling ('85), Jennifer Gagnon ('01), Dr. Anne Bower ('96), Erick Smith send gifts directly to:
('92), George Hemingway ('61), Michael Beedham ('05), Norma Horan, William Bennett ('54), Jowett School of Forest Resources & Conservation
& Wood, Inc., Paul ('67) & Carole Mott, and Greg ('88) & Martina Driskell. PO Box 110410
Thank you to the following for their contributions to the University of Florida Forest Stewardship Pro- Gainesville, FL 32611-0410
gram: Chris Demers ('99); Florida Farm Bureau Federation; Marden Industries, Inc.; Forest Landowners Makes checks payable to the University of
Association, Inc.; International Forest Company; F&W Forestry Services, Inc.; Forestland Management, Florida Foundation, Inc. and designate the
Inc.; Green Circle Bio Energy Inc.; Southern Forestry Consultants, Inc.; Forest Environmental Solutions, SFRC.
LLC; Blanton's Long Leaf Container Nursery; Farm Credit of Northwest Florida; Natural Resource Plan- t Thank you!
ning Services, Inc.; and Red River Specialties, Inc.
Thank you to the following for their contributions to Project Learning Tree: American Forest Foundation; Rayonier Foundation; Cremer Wood, Inc.;
Shield Properties, Inc.; M & M Trucking, Inc.; Wood Products, Inc.; Packaging Corporation of America; Farm Credit of North Florida; Cedar Creek
Land & Timber, Inc.; Callahan Timber Company, Inc.; Florida Chapter Association of Consulting Foresters; Shadowlawn Farms and the Florida For-
estry Association's Sustainable Forestry Initiative.
Thank you to the 1973 Summer Camp Alumni for their contributions to the School's Forestry Alumni Fund to erect the Purple Martin houses
flanking the conference building on the Austin Cary Memorial Forest in memory of Bob Colvin. Thank you to Terry McKay and Jeff ('84) & Rhonda
Glassbu rn for their contributions to the Surveying Support Fund. Thank you to Josh & Sally Dickinson and MacKenzie Moritz for their contributions
to the Joshua C. Dickinson IV Memorial Fund for Tropical Forestry.
Thank you to Paul Zajicek and Mr. & Mrs. Charles Hinton for their contributions to the Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory in Ruskin. Thank you to
Jim & Joh-Nana Lybass for their contribution to the 2010 James H. & Joh-Nana Lybass Scholarships. Thank you to Patrick Thomas and Anheuser-
Busch, Inc. for their contribution to Dr. Tom Frazer's research. Thank you to Wayne Smith and Mitzi Austin for their contribution to the Wayne
Smith Student Leadership Fund. Thank you to Mr. & Mrs. William ('55) Menear for their contributions to the William James Menear, Jr. Scholarship
Fund. Thank you to Jake Gipson and Matthew Wercinski for their contributions to Micheal Allen's research. Thank you to and Jeffrey Phipps for
his contribution to Frank Chapman's research. Thank you to Joel ('59) & Polly Smith for their contribution to the School's Forestry Alumni Fund
for the maintenance of the Austin Cary Tree Walk at the Austin Cary Memorial forest. Thank you to Mrs. Glenn Rankin for her contribution to the
William Paul Shelley, Sr. Memorial Fund in Forestry.
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
School of Forest Resources and Conservation
PO Box 110410
Gainesville, FL 32611-0410
John Perry was awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship by the National Science Founda-
tion that will fund his work on his Ph.D. Kelly Biedenweg was one of 40 women in the
United States to be awarded the AAUW Dissertation Fellowship.
Carloas Gonzales (top) received the Forest Resources and Conservation Outstandine Dis-
sertation award. Matthew Catalano received the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Outstanding Dissertation award.
Leland Taylor (bottom right) was awarded the Outstanding Forest Resources
and Conservation Student award. Chelsea Heatherington was awarded the
Outstanding Natural Resource Conservation Student award. David Lechner was
awarded the Outstanding Geomatics Student award.
Mary McKenzie Hudson (bottom left) received the Society of American Forest-
ers. Florida Division Graduating Senior Award.
Dr. Adams is an Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Economics & Policy. His research covers bioeconomic modeling,
willingness to pay estimation, and policy and law analysis. His work mostly focuses on invasive species, water resources,
and carbon offsets. He holds a Ph.D. in food and resource economics from UF, a law degree from UF, and a master's degree
in environmental policy from the University of Cambridge in England. Between 2007 and 2010, he was Assistant Professor
of Natural Resource & Environmental Economics in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State Univer-
sity. He has also worked in the US Congress, the British House of Commons, and as a lecturer in the Food and Resource
Economics Department at UF. Dr. Adams is married to Alison, has an infant son, Griffin, and enjoys playing rugby. He is
enjoying his new position and looks forward to continuing collaboration within the SFRC and UF.
Dr Ahrens recei ed risV mat~er iatd sde Ir dige sfromhitshrese rvcehrsiyo nhis IC lumbia under the spriss on o
models aimed at improving the management of natural populations. His research to date has ranged from developing
simple single species assessments through to global ecosystem models. In addition to his modelling work, Dr. Ahrens main- -
tains a keen interest in exploring exploitation by humans as a selective force and the population level consequences of such
selection. He has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses at the University of British Columbia since 2001 pertain-
ing to quantitative stock assessment, applied ecology, as well as theoretical population dynamics and modeling. Dr. Ahrens ,a 4
is excited to be joining the SFRC faculty at UF and is looking forward to working at such a diverse and dynamic school. i
While Dr. hllichael Andreu has been a member of the SFRC faculty since 2005, he recently relocated from the Gulf Coast Re-
Ssearch and Education Center in Plant City to the Gainesville Campus. Michael was born and raised in Orange Park, Florida
and is enjoying beine closer to friends and family in north Florida. His educational background includes a degree in Natural
Resources from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, a Master's degree in Forest Resource Management from
. Duke University and a Ph.D. in Silviculture and Forest Protection from the University of Washington. In addition, Dr. Andreu
has wNorked for various public and private organizations including: The Nature Conservancy, Larson & McGowin and Eglin Air
Force Base.Dr. Andreu will continue to teach undergraduate courses (including Dendrology and Forest Plants) and work as an
SExtension Specialist and co-coordinator of the Tampa Bay Watershed Forest Working Group, but he is also assuming some
new responsibilities within SFRC. These include coordinating management of the Austin Cary Memorial Forest, working with forest landowners
through the Forest Stewardship Program and assuming the position of Undergraduate Coordinator in the Spring. When not working, Dr. Andreu
enjoys spending time with his wife, son and two dogs exploring the woods. He also enjoys canoeing, disc golf and is looking forward to finding
folks interested in pickup games of ultimate Frisbee.
Dr. Bohlman is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton
University. Her research interests include understanding landscape patterns of tropical forest structure and function us-
ing a combination of remote sensing, field data and modeling. For more than a decade, she has been working in Panama
with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Stephanie started her academic career in Florida with an undereradu- .
ate degree in Environmental Studies from New College in Sarasota. She has master's and Ph.D. degrees from the College 4 -
of Forest Resources at University of Washington. Along the way, she spent time as a research assistant at Cow~eeta Hy-
drologic Lab and Oak Ridge National Lab and as an education specialist in marine biology at the Olympic National b~larine 1
Sanctuary and Olympic National Park. She is moving to Gainesville with her 18-month old son Owen and husband Jeremy~ ~,~
Lichstein, also a forest ecologist, who is joining the Biology Department. Among many things, she is looking forward to f
returning to Florida, joining a forestry department and collaborating with new colleagues at the University of Florida.
Dr. Loren-en joins the School as Professor of Integrative Fisheries Science, a position jointly funded with the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Kai received his Master's degree in Biology with Mathematics from Kiel
University in Germany (1993) and his Ph.D. in Applied Population Biology from the University of London, UK (1997).
He worked as a fisheries development consultant, mostly in Asia, from 1992 to 1996 and has held a faculty position at
Imperial College London since 1997. Kai has broad research and professional interests in integrative-interdisciplinary
fisheries science. He combines quantitative ecology with human dimensions research and often engages closely with
management and policy initiatives. Particular foci of Kai's work are new approaches to the assessment of fisheries
enhancement and restoration measures, adaptive co-management of small-scale fisheries and design of aquaculture
A search is currently under way for a new faculty member in Quantitative Genetics and Biometrics with a strong background in statistics and
computational science as it applies to genetics and breeding. This new faculty member will have the opportunity to teach undergraduate and
graduate level courses while engaging in unique research and will bring strong quantitative skills in genetics to the SFRC. This new faculty mem-
ber will have the opportunity to greatly enhance current research areas like tropical forestry, production forestry and conservation and/or bring
new dimensions of research to the SFRC.
FOCUltV Ond Staff
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Mike Allen (left) was awarded the Award of Excellence from the American Fisheries Society Fisheries Management
Section for his leadership and achievements in fisheries ecology.
Alan Long (bottom left) was awarded the Teacher Fellow Award from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Ag-
riculture oreanization. Alan received the Junior and Senior Outstanding Teacher of the Year and a Distinguished Service
Award at the Annual SFRC Awards Banquet.
Don Roc kwood (bottom right) received a Distinguished Service Award at the Annual SFRC Awards Banquet.
P.K. Nair was awarded the Stephen Spurr Award for his technical
: contributions for the field of forestry in Florida at the SAF National
Convention in Orlando in October 2009.
Matias Kirst was the only awardee in Florida to receive a grant from
the U.S. Department of Energy.
Justin McKeithen and Michelle Qluire received the Outstanding Staff
Members of the Year award.
Matthew Donegan ('90) (below) was appointed to the Oregon State Board of
Higher Education by the Governor.
Tamara Calder Cushing ('96) was recently hired as an
Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist at Clemson
Kimberly Ward Beebe ('04) was awarded the Young For-
ester of the Year award at the SAF National Convention in
Orlando in October 2009.
John T. "Jack" Vogel ('69) will be awarded the College of
Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni and Friends Award
of Distinction at the IFAS/CALS TailGATOR in September
Members of the Class of 2000 (above) gathered on
A 21, 2010 he A tin C M IF
ugust at t us ary emoria orest.
Back row left to right: Joel Smith, Bill Harrell, Paul Proctor,
Jason Roundtree, Mark Van Zant, David Morse
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Plum Creek Team Inspires Next Generation of Foresters I ullv cl u1~1.Il~lcv~ lry va~vcu e ll
Flood, Doug Southerland
By: Lisa Hall
Year after year, Dr. Eric Jokela introduces a new crop of University of Florida (UF) undergraduate students to the world of forestry. It's a field that
has changed dramatically since Dr. Jokela first joined the UF School of Forest Resources & Conservation in 1984 yet amidst a constantly evolving
curriculum of lectures and labs, one thing remains the same. Every spring, he packs his
students off to the woods to see how classroom lessons play out in the real world of
The field trip immerses students in every step of the growth cycle -from research plots
site preparation and planting to fertilization, thinning and harvest. Dr. Jokela's euest
faculty for this year's trip included six members of Plum Creek's forest resources team
- giving students the opportunity to draw from a combined 208 years of forestry ei~peri-
ence in academics, research, corporate management and operations. They provided an
intensive introduction to an increasingly complex industry. Students who want to make
a career in forestry will have to bring new skills to the table, but they can also benefit
from the industry's increasing demand for specialized expertise in everything from mar-
keting and finance to forest biology, environmental science and wildlife management.
Among the mentors for the day students found a product of their professor's careful nurturing. Plum Creek Harvesting Manager Greg Driskell
first visited these woods with his silvicuture class in 1986 proof that the seeds of knowledge planted each spring by Dr. Jokela are bearing fruit.
New Faculty in the SFRC