IUFRO-JAPAN NEWS NO. 130
March 11, 2021, was the 10-year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, and on April 14, a webinar titled “Forests in Fukushima and Chernobyl -people, wildlife, and landscape-” was held. It was jointly organized by the two Working Parties of the IUFRO: 8.04.07, radioactive contamination of forest ecosystems, and 8.01.02, landscape ecology. In Issue No. 130, Toshiya Matsuura briefly introduces the recent activities of WP 8.01.02, and Shoji Hashimoto, who was the moderator, overviews the webinar. (The annual report of IUFRO-J activities is included in this issue.)
The IUFRO-Japan (IUFRO-J) Committee, http://www.ffpri.affrc.go.jp/labs/iufroj/index_Eng.htmlis an organization launched in 1970 to promote global and domestic partnerships in forest-related research; it cooperates with IUFRO Headquarters.
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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.
IUFRO Vernetzt - Ausgabe 4, 2021
- IUFRO World Day – in 24 Stunden virtuell um die Welt!
- IUFRO World Day – An der Schnittstelle von Wissenschaft und Politik
- IUFRO World Day – Wie IUFRO Forschungskarrieren fördert
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The ecology and evolution of synchronized seed production in plants
Royal Society Publishing has recently published a special issue of Philosophical Transactions B entitled "The ecology and evolution of synchronized seed production in plants" compiled and edited by Mario B Pesendorfer, Davide Ascoli, Michał Bogdziewicz, Andrew Hacket-Pain, Ian S Pearse and Giorgio Vacchiano.
Many long-lived plants show extraordinary year-to-year variation in seed production, ranging from bumper crops to years with crop failure. This phenomenon, known as masting or mast-seeding, occurs synchronously among trees of the same forest, among distant forests, and even across whole continents. Masting affects growth, survival, and regeneration of trees and forests, thus also driving evolutionary dynamics. Moreover, masting consequences cascade through ecosystems, affecting animal populations and disease dynamics, as well as subsistence ecosystem services from wild and cultivated crop plants. In this theme issue, proximate and evolutionary mechanisms and functions of masting are explored from local to global scales. Masting forecasts, which constitute the next frontier in the field, will optimise the timing of conservation and land management efforts.
Print versions are also available at £35.00 per issue from debbie.vaughan(at)royalsociety.org.
Postdoctoral Fellow – Population Genetics/Genomics and Transcriptomics of Forest Trees // 15 November 2021 or until filled
A postdoctoral fellow position is available from January 2022 in the Forest Genomics Lab of the University of New Brunswick to work on population genetics/genomics and transcriptomics of forest trees. The projects include studying genetic diversity and structure of populations, phylogeography, genetic and evolutionary impacts of forest fragmentation and forest management practices, evolutionary and adaptive genetic potential of central versus marginal populations of northern forest trees under climate change, and transcriptomic responses of forest trees to climate change conditions. The responsibility of the postdoctoral fellow will be to analyze the data and prepare manuscripts from some of the above completed research work as well as conduct research on evolutionary and adaptive genetic potential of central versus marginal populations of northern forest trees under climate change. The position offers excellent opportunities for many high impact publications. There will also be opportunities to participate in teaching and interacting with national and international collaborators. Applications are invited from highly motivated, innovative and productive researchers who have excellent data analysis, writing, and leadership skills, are capable of working independently and have keen interest in population genetics and genomics and transcriptomics of forest trees. The applicant should have Ph.D. and research experience in population genetics/genomics or related areas and should have experience or capable of analyzing data on various aspects of population genetics and transcriptomics, including assembly and annotation of transcriptomes, and identification and characterization of differential gene expression.
Institutions: Forest Genomics Lab, Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, University of New Brunswick
Location: Fredericton, Canada
Closing Date: Applications will be considered starting on November 15, 2021, and continue until all positions are filled.
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EVOLTREE Online Seminar Series
The next EVOLTREE online seminar series taking place in November 2021, under the theme of "Genomics in Practice".
- Wednesday 3 November 2021 16:30-18:00 CET Prof Mike Bruford, Cardiff University ?Conserving genomic diversity for climate resilience in a changing world?
- Wednesday 10 November 2021 09:00-10:30 (!) CET Dr Rebecca Jordan, CSIRO Hobart ?Building resilience to change: using genomics to guide plant restoration and conservation in a changing world?
- Wednesday 17 November 2021 16:30-18:00 CET Prof Emily Latch, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee "Genomic data improves wildlife conservation"
- Thursday (!) 25 November 2021 16:30-18:00 CET Prof Louis Bernatchez, Laval University, Québec ?Genomics applied to fisheries management and conservation?
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.
- 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
Organizers: Department of Forestry, Michigan State University
DAAD Scholarships available for the 2021 MSc Course in Tropical Forestry at TU Dresden, Germany
You are invited to attend the 2022 MSc Course in Tropical Forestry. The course is taught in English at Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), one of the 11 German Universities of Excellence. Over many decades, the international orientation and socio-economic focus have made this 2-year MSc course unique in Europe. You will benefit from the international background of our research and lecturing scientists who supervise your field research in the tropics. In addition socio-economic and general aspects of tropical forestry, the course also includes specific topics of climate change related carbon forestry, agroforestry and land use change. Another plus: As public university TUD exempts students from tuition fees! Students from developing countries are invited to apply for a DAAD EPOS scholarship.
Date of MSc course: Begins in October every year, duration 24 months
Institution: Chair of Tropical Forestry, Technische Universität Dresden
Duty station: Dresden, Germany
Closing date: 30 October 2021 (for the intake October 2022).
Applicants with own source of funding can apply until 31 May 2022 (applicants from outside EU), or until 15 July 2022 (applicants from EU)
DAAD EPOS scholarships: https://tropicalforestry.wordpress.com/2021/09/03/call-for-daad-scholarship-applications-for-admission-2022/
To apply or to get more information write to: tropentutor(at)mailbox.tu-dresden.de
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/.
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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