Dear FORENT, FORPATH and FORCLIMAIR subscribers,
First, let me apologize for cluttering the inboxes of those of you not interested in IUFRO matters. I know these lists are well-used for other useful stuff, so if you are not interested in IUFRO you might want to delete this message right now...
To my IUFRO colleagues, I want to share some information about a shift in leadership that we anticipate here in Division 7, "Forest Health". I was honored to be selected to serve as coordinator of Division 7 and in August, 2010 I started my term in that position. However 9 months later I was notified by my employer, the USDA Forest Service that I must resign because USDA "ethics" officers revoked their approval and decided that my service in this role was "unethical" stating it would amount to an implicit endorsement of IUFRO by the USDA Forest Service. Personally, I disagreed with their assessment but I did not receive support for my service in IUFRO from US Forest Service headquarters and they insisted that I resign. We anticipated that this rule would be relaxed, but after over 1 year of waiting, that has not happened so among IUFRO leaders, we decided that the Division 7 coordinator position should not remain empty any longer.
It turns out that there is a very happy solution to this story, namely Dr. Ecki Brockerhoff from Scion (Forest Research Institute), New Zealand has agreed to take on the Division 7 coordinator position. Ecki is currently coordinator of IUFRO Research Group 7.03 "Entomology" and if Ecki's nomination is approved later this month by the IUFRO Board (I anticipate this will be the case), then he will become the new Division 7 coordinator, and I will switch back into Ecki's position as coordinator of Research Group 7.03. I'm sure many of you know Ecki and agree that he will make an excellent Division coordinator. Personally, I'm thrilled that he can do this.
I apologize for any confusion that this episode may have created. It is a source of personal embarrassment and it certainly does not make me proud of the USDA Forest Service. I want to thank all of the great people I've had a chance to work with during my very brief stint as Division Coordinator and I'm looking forward with great excitement to returning to serve as Entomology Research Group leader. Thanks!
Andrew Liebhold http://sandyliebhold.com
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Crown Research Institute Scion's purpose is to drive innovation and growth from New Zealand's forest industry and to create high value economic, environmental and social outcomes for New Zealand. As well as conducting research to enhance the international competitiveness and profitability of the current forest industry, Scion is at the leading edge of new technology development for renewable biomaterials and energy and the establishment of a broader based bio-economy.
We are seeking an experienced Forest Entomologist to be part of the Forest Protection Team which comprises over 30 entomologists, pathologists, botanists, pest management and fire researchers. The Team's purpose is to protect New Zealand's trees, forests, and forest products trade from insects, pathogens, weeds, and fire in perpetuity. The broad objectives of the research programme are exclusion of pests not present in New Zealand, reducing impact of pests that are present, and protection of the resource and markets.
We are looking for a Forest Entomologist with expertise in forest ecology and traditional forest entomology and who has the background and experience to design and establish complex field and laboratory trials. The position will contribute to the Pre-Border, Post-Border, and Market Access projects and will conduct independent research to identify and manage threats to forest health. The position will also contribute to the Diagnostics Team of the Forest Health Reference Lab, which is part of Forest Protection. Supervision of technical staff and students, assessment of data, and collaboration with scientists within New Zealand and overseas is part of the responsibilities, as well as a contribution to biocontrol, pest management, and biosecurity research projects.
Our ideal candidate will have a PhD or equivalent degree in forest entomology or similar field coupled with at least 3 - 7 years research experience. An understanding of invasive species ecology and management and insect taxonomy is required. Knowledge of forest ecology and management is desirable, as are skills in insect rearing and biological control. This is a full time permanent role, based in Rotorua.
Scion presents talented and ambitious individuals the unique opportunity to pursue a fulfilling professional career at the heart of New Zealand's forest industry. With its head office at the edge of Rotorua's world-famous Whakarewarewa Forest, Scion also offers a great working environment and, with its central location and proximity to coastal beaches and inland lakes, native forests, geothermal areas and volcanic ski-fields, many opportunities to balance work with the other things that are important in your life.
Closing Date: 24 August 2012
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