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Assistant/Associate Professor - Forest Health
Auburn University's School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences invites nominations and applications for the position of Assistant/Associate Professor in the area of Forest Health and the interactions of introduced and native fungi and insect vectors in forest ecosystems located in the southern US. This is a 12-month, tenure-track position, with 80% research and 20% teaching responsibilities. Additional information about the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences and its programs can be found at our website: https://sites.auburn.edu/academic/sfws/Pages/default.aspx
Women and Minorities are Encouraged to Apply
Responsibilities: The incumbent is expected to develop a significant research program through active pursuit of extramural funding, recruitment of graduate students, and publications in high-quality refereed journals. The incumbent also is expected to teach a core undergraduate course in the forestry curriculum and develop one graduate course in their area of expertise.
Qualifications: PhD in Entomology, Pathology, Forestry, Biology or a closely related field is required. We seek candidates with research/teaching interests focused on contemporary research and how forest management practices influence stand/ecosystem health. Those with a strong forest pathology and entomology background and having worked in an applied decision-making context on habitat restoration, risk mapping systems and habitat restoration are preferred. Experience in working with southern pine ecosystems is desirable. Evidence of collaboration at the international level on forest declines would be desirable for Associate level. The incumbent must present evidence of the potential for teaching excellence and a solid record of research productivity including ability to obtain extramural grants and publish findings in high-quality refereed journals. The selected candidate must be able to meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time of appointment and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment. Excellent communication skills required.
Review of applications will begin April 1, 2012 and will continue until a successful candidate has been identified.
Application: To apply, submit a letter of application, curriculum vita, official transcripts, and names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three references to Mrs. Pam Beasley (beaslpa(a)auburn.edu) School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, 3301 Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Building, 602 Duncan Drive, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849-5418.
For additional information contact: Dr. Art Chappelka, Chair, Search Committee, phone 334-844-1069, fax 334-844-1084, or e-mail: chappah(a)auburn.edu
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer
Professor & Director
Southern Forest Nursery Management Cooperative
Forest Health Dynamics Laboratory
602 Duncan Drive
Auburn University, AL 36849
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A risk assessment of climate change and the impact of forest diseases on forest ecosystems in the Western United States and Canada
By, John T. Kliejunas
Description: This risk assessment projects the effects of eight forest diseases under two climate-change scenarios (warmer and drier, warmer and wetter). Examples are used to describe how various types of forest diseases may respond to environmental changes. Forest diseases discussed in this report include foliar diseases, Phytophthora diseases, stem rusts, canker diseases, dwarf mistletoes, root diseases, and yellow-cedar decline. The likelihood and consequences of increased damage to forests from each disease as a result of climate change are analyzed and assigned a risk value of high, moderate, or low. The risk value is based on available biological information and subjective judgment. Although results suggest that climate change will affect forest health, uncertainty arises regarding the degree of climate change that will occur; pathogen biology under changing climate; the effects of changing climate directly on the host; and the interactions between the pathogen, host, and climate.
Keywords: Climate change, forest pathogens, environmental risk assessment, foliar diseases, Phytophthora, Armillaria, stem rusts, canker diseases, dwarf mistletoe, root diseases, yellow-cedar decline.
Citation: Kliejunas, John T. 2011. A risk assessment of climate change and the impact of forest diseases on forest ecosystems in the Western United States and Canada. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-236. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. 70 p.
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I am saddened to pass on the news that Fields Cobb passed away on November 7th in Sandpoint, Idaho, where he retired after many years at UC Berkeley. We'll miss our passionate friend and insightful mentor.
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Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology
351 Bessey Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
I am searching for a Ph.D. student to look at resistance to Septoria musiva in hybrid poplar plantations. I have included the job description and application information below. Please feel free to forward this to any interested individuals.
Dr. Jared LeBoldus is seeking an outstanding student to pursue a PhD degree in Forest Pathology in Department of Plant Pathology at North Dakota State University (http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/plantpath/faculty/jared-leboldus). Dr. LeBoldus is an Assistant Professor of Plant pathology and has worked for 7 years on disease issues related to forest trees. He has focused on epidemiology in plantation forestry and resistance of Populus species and there hybrids to disease.
The PhD student's research will focus on a 3-year project emphasizing the resistance to Septoria musiva, a fungal pathogen of poplar trees. The student will develop a RT-PCR protocol to quantify pathogen development in host tissue and for use as a diagnostic tool for pathogen detection in the field. The student will also conduct inoculation experiments and use a variety of molecular techniques (e.g.: association mapping, QTL analysis, etc...) to identify resistance genes in the host population and/or virulence factors in the pathogen population.
Depending on the interests of the student this project also offers considerable opportunities and flexibility in designing a research program that investigates areas of specific interest in the context of the overall framework of the project.
Background in plant pathology and or a related field is required. Proficiency in written and spoken English is also a requirement. Experience in plant pathogen interactions, forest pathology, or forest ecology, molecular biology and genetics would be an asset; however, it is not required. Selection of a student will be based on academic achievements, reference letters, and previous research experience. Strong verbal, written and analytical skills are also essential. A Graduate Research Assistantship and tuition waiver will be provided. Students may also be eligible for other scholarships.
The position is available starting June 2012. The starting date is negotiable and can be as late as January 2013. The applicant must meet the entrance requirements for North Dakota State University, Department of Plant Pathology; which can be viewed at: http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/plantpath. Applications must be submitted to the graduate school online at http://www.ndsu.edu/gradschool/.
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Pierluigi (Enrico) Bonello, Professor
Dept. of Plant Pathology
The Ohio State University
201 Kottman Hall
2021 Coffey Road
Columbus, OH 43210
Tel: (614) 688-5401
Lab: (614) 688-5409
Fax: (614) 292-4455
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From: nancy <taylor.8(a)osu.edu<mailto:email@example.com>>
Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2012 14:28:44 -0500
To: Enrico Bonello <bonello.2(a)osu.edu<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>>
Subject: Pitch-Loblolly Pine needle disease
Enrico, would you post this question to the forest path list?
I received a sample of pitch-loblolly pine (Pinus rigida x taeda) which was planted last spring, plants are about 12-15 inches tall. It appears to have a needle disease, either a spot or maybe a needlecast. My first thought upon seeing the sample was a rust, but microscopic appearance does not seem right to me.
The spots are bright yellow-orange around an apparently acervular fruiting body. I do not recognize this fungus and am not finding it in my usual conifer references. In some of my slides I saw some spermatia-like spores but this is definitely not a pycnidium and so not Phyllosticta. The rounder spores are somewhat variable in size.
Has anyone from the areas where pitch and loblolly pines are native seen this?
Nancy J. Taylor, Director
C. Wayne Ellett Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic
Ohio State University
8995 E. Main St., Bldg 23
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-3399
Phone: (614) 403-1640
FAX: (614) 466-9754
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