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IUFRO Announcements

2021-07-20

Call for Submissions: Decision Support Systems (DSS) for the Analysis of Pathways that Optimize Ecosystem Services Provision

Submissions are invited for a Special Issue of Land.

Mixed conifer forests are found throughout the temperate zones on a variety of landscapes in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Like most mixed species forests, mixed conifer forests exist because different species coexist in a temporal or spatial pattern. Particularly in mountainous regions, mixed conifer forests are highly heterogeneous and can vary over a short distance. Mixed species assemblages can be either seral or stable, developing under patterns of one or more disturbances or developing under a fairly specific edaphic and climatic regime. Depending on the severity of expected anthropogenic climate change effects, these assemblages may face novel conditions that upset the competitive balances that historically existed. This Special Issue will present research and operational monitoring results at scales ranging from the level of individual tree group or stand up to landscape processes. We welcome studies on (1) basic physiology and stand dynamics and (2) operational treatments and impacts that provide evidence of influences on forest resiliency and productivity. This Special Issue is sponsored by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) Unit 4.04.04 - Sustainable Forest Management Scheduling.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021
Guest editors: Ljusk Ola Eriksson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences; José G. Borges, University of Lisbon; Harald Vacik,  University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences
Details:    https://www.mdpi.com/journal/land/special_issues/ecosystem_services_provision

Other Announcements

2021-07-21

The Amazon We Want

The Amazon is the world’s largest rainforest and river system, vital to the planet’s climate stability and home to an irreplaceable wealth of biodiversity, much of which is still unknown. It provides critical ecosystem services to the eight sovereign countries and one overseas territory that encompass it, and also to the globe. Deforestation and forest degradation have risen in recent decades, especially driven by the expansion of cattle ranching, agriculture, mining, and infrastructure development. Many scientists warn the Amazon as a whole may be approaching a tipping point of irreversible collapse.

In response to these challenges, a group of over 200 preeminent scientists from the region have united to form the Science Panel for the Amazon (SPA). The Panel is convened by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). Recently, the Panel has issued a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind scientific assessment of the state of the Amazon, current trends, and recommendations for the long-term well-being of the ecosystem and its people. These initial findings as well as a draft version of their full report is now open for public consultation.

The SPA encourages stakeholders to provide meaningful input to aid the development of a better and more complete report.

Details:  https://www.theamazonwewant.org/public-consultation-on-the-draft-of-the-report-of-the-science-panel-for-the-amazon/

Non-IUFRO Publications

2021-07-15

Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in agroforestry systems

We are at the start of the UN decade on ecosystem restoration. In this context, agroforestry is one of the approaches promoted for the restoration of degraded landscapes and the sustainable intensification of agriculture. Research over the last decades has provided compelling evidence for positive effects of plant diversity on the functioning of forests and agroecosystems and this information is increasingly used to design production systems that provide a wide range of ecosystem services. However, there is still little quantitative information on Biodiversity Ecosystem Functioning (BEF) relationships in agroforestry systems.

To fill this knowledge gap, researchers from the Chair of Silviculture, University of Freiburg and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) propose a new type of agroforestry BEF-experiments. Based on designs used in tree diversity experiments, the researchers developed a conceptual framework for analysing BEF-relationships in agroforestry systems and present an exemplary design for this purpose. The example is set in a (sub)tropical context. The team suggests four major design principles: 1) a trait-based approach for selecting tree and crop species, 2) the integration of trees and crops along a gradient of functional diversity, 3) maintaining constant density across different combinations of life-forms in agroforests through the concept of "growing-patch-density", and 4) disentangling a priori the effects of species diversity on ecosystem functioning from those of structural and functional diversity.

The proposed BEF-experiments offer a promising possibility to identify important drivers of specific BEF-relationships in agroforestry systems and to quantify management influences. This information can help to promote agroforestry in the context of forest landscape restoration and to support the sustainable intensification of agriculture through agroforestry.

Original publication:

Schwarz J, Schnabel F & Bauhus J (2021). A conceptual framework and experimental design for analysing the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning (BEF) in agroforestry systems. Basic and Applied Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.baae.2021.05.002

Position Announcements

2021-07-28

Assistant Professor of Forest Pathlogy & Forest Health // 31 August 2021

The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry invites applications for an academic-year (10 mo) tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Forest Pathology and Forest Health to contribute to supporting Forest Health in the northeastern United States and beyond through substantial participation in the College’s Tree Restoration Center. We seek a teacher-scholar with a strong commitment to both scholarship and engaging students in the classroom and through research mentorship at the undergraduate, MS, and PhD levels. The successful candidate will be expected to build an internationally recognized extramurally funded research program in forest pathology with specialization in one or more of the following areas: integration of molecular biology, physiology, and ecology in disease development, disease resistance including development of transgenic or gene-edited plants, tree physiology as related to pathogen defense, genomics of tree pathogens, tree disease epidemiology, emergent epiphytotics, and forest health monitoring. Expertise in field diagnosis (natural history) and management of forest diseases is desirable. A strong interest in collaborative research with faculty in Environmental Biology, as well as within the College, is expected.

Institution:  State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Department of Environmental Biology
Duty station:  Syracuse, NY, USA
Closing date:  31 August 2021

Details:  https://www.iufro.org/fileadmin/material/discover/nb-ForPathPositionESF.docx


IUFRO Meetings

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Other Meetings/Events

2021-07-20

World Forum for Women in Science (WFWS) - Kenya: The 6th (Sixth) International Conference for Women in Science Without Borders (WISWB)

The University of Embu will host the 6th International Conference for Women in Science Without Borders from November 3rd to 5th 2021 online. This is a conference series held annually under the World Forum for Women in Science (WFWS). The conference will be an opportunity to highlight the role of science in building a sustainable future for all through science, technology and innovation. The conference targets scientists, students, practitioners, industrialists, journalists, and policy makers, among other key stakeholders in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Participants will be drawn from across Africa and other parts of the world. As basic science drives innovation and development, the discussions will endeavor to highlight gender equity in STEM as a driver for sustainable development.

Date: 3-5 November 2021
Location: virtual from Nairobi, Kenya
Organizers: University of Embu

Details:  https://wiswbconference.embuni.ac.ke/

University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars

2021-07-28

MSU Forestry non-credit online course offerings - Fall '21/Spring '22

The Michigan State University Department of Forestry is pleased to offer the following non-credit course options for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 for individuals interested in online, self-paced learning. These courses are a great fit for those looking to expand their knowledge on topics of forestry outside of a degree-granting program.

Available courses:

  • Forest Carbon Policy, Economics and Finance, Fall Semester 2021: Sept 1 - Dec 12
  • Forest Ecosystems, Carbon and Climate Change, Fall Semester 2021: Sept 1 - Dec 12
  • Human Dimensions of Forest Carbon Management, Spring Semester 2022: Jan 10 - May 1, 2022
  • Measurement and Monitoring of Forest Carbon, Spring Semester 2022: Jan 10 - May 1, 2022
  • Seminar on Contemporary Issues in Forests and the Environment, Fall Semester 2021: Sept 1 - Dec 12
  • Socioeconomics of Bioproducts, Fall Semester 2021: Sept 1 - Dec 12
  • Short course: Understanding Forest Carbon Management, March 15 - June 15  / July 15 - October 15 / November 15 - February 15
  • Mini Course: Forest Certification and Climate Change, March 9 - June 9 / July 9 - October 9 / November 9 - February 9

Venue: online
Organizers: Department of Forestry, Michigan State University

Details:  https://www.canr.msu.edu/for/non-credit-courses/


Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding

2014-09-04

Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo Fellowship

Bioversity International established the Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo Fellowship for research on conservation and use of forest genetic resources in sub-Saharan Africa  to honour the memory and celebrate the work of Dr Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo. The Fellowship is awarded annually to a scientist from a university or national research institute in sub-Saharan Africa, with support from the CGIAR Research Program for Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. For more information, please visit: http://www.bioversityinternational.org/about-us/opportunities/fellowships/abdou-salam-ouedraogo-fellowship/.

Fellowship Programs

2014-09-04

Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo Fellowship

Bioversity International established the Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo Fellowship for research on conservation and use of forest genetic resources in sub-Saharan Africa  to honour the memory and celebrate the work of Dr Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo. The Fellowship is awarded annually to a scientist from a university or national research institute in sub-Saharan Africa, with support from the CGIAR Research Program for Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. For more information, please visit: http://www.bioversityinternational.org/about-us/opportunities/fellowships/abdou-salam-ouedraogo-fellowship/.

Awards


IUFRO Awards

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Non-IUFRO Awards

2021-03-15

Nature Research Awards for Driving Global Impact // 21 March 2021

Science is critical in solving global challenges. In 2021 Springer Nature invites applications from early career researchers working in these areas:

  • Food security, water security and/or energy security – ensuring a long term, sustainable supply of either food, water or energy.
  • Healthcare interventions – the assessment, improvement or promotion of human health.
  • Environmental protection – protection of the natural environment on land and water including the repair of damage.
  • Climate change – slowing climate change and adapting to what’s unavoidable.
  • Sustainable cities – building green, liveable cities that last.

Organization: Nature Portfolio
Submit nomination by: 21 March 2021

Details:  https://www.nature.com/collections/ccjnyjxvmp/apply