IUFRO Spotlights


IUFRO Spotlight #89 - What's the buzz? Studying insects on 'the web'

Recent webinar series covered topics from "Climate Change Effects on Bark Beetle Range Expansion, Community Associates and Outbreak Dynamics", to "Visual Ecology of Forest Beetles."

"In light of the current pandemic, many scientific meetings were cancelled – including the many meetings that IUFRO Working Parties (WPs) and other units host each year," said Dr. Jeremy Allison of the Canadian Forest Service and coordinator of IUFRO's WP 7.03.16 that deals with Behavioral and Chemical Ecology of Forest Insects.

Therefore, the Working Party, together with WP 7.03.05 (Ecology and Management of Bark and Wood Boring Insects) and with support from the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and the Canadian Forest Service (CFS), initiated a series of webinars intended to assist forest researchers in staying involved and current in their areas of interest.

The series has been successful and the feedback from participants has been very positive. Also, as of June 1 there have been more than 3,000 views of the Webinar recordings. "We don't advocate for virtual tools/meetings as a replacement for in-person meetings and training but do view them as a complementary tool. There is no doubt they are here to stay," said Dr. Allison.

Further reading:

spotlight89-webinar-insects.pdf437 Ki