Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Time flies and we are just 5 months away from our WG meeting!!!!
On reply to many queries, we are pleased to inform you that abstract submission deadline for the First IUFRO WP 7.02.13 meeting "Improving Forest Health in Commercial Plantations", that will be held in Punta del Este (Uruguay) next March, has been extended until the 30th of November!
Please visit our website (www.iufro2018puntadeleste.org<http://www.iufro2018puntadeleste.org/>) for additional information about this exciting scientific event; you will undoubtedly discover many reasons to attend this meeting.
Looking forward to welcoming you in Punta del Este for an unforgettable meeting,
With kind regards,
Dr. Gustavo Balmelli
Leader of the Organizing Committee
Ing. Agr. MSc. PhD. Gustavo Balmelli
Tel.: ++598 463 22407 int 1389
Ruta 5, Km. 386. Tacuarembó
We have a project starting next spring/summer that will investigate the effects of ALB eradication efforts on current and future composition and structure of hardwood forests in central New England. The M.S. position is available at University of Vermont in Tony D'Amato's lab (http://www.uvm.edu/rsenr/tonydamato/ ). Our lab and Harvard Forest will be collaborating on the project and we will work closely with the ALB Eradication Program in Worcester, MA. This is a great opportunity for a student interested in applied forest ecology, forest health, and/or invasive species.
If you know of someone looking for graduate school opportunities, please pass along this announcement. For more information, contact Tony D'Amato ( awdamato(a)uvm.edu<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, 802-656-8030).
Kevin J. Dodds
Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry
271 Mast Rd.
Durham, NH 03824
Caring for the land and serving people
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We are looking for a highly motivated PhD-student to join our new research
project on the interactions between climate, insect life-history (voltinism)
and food webs on oak.
For more information see the project description (below) and the following
and dont hesitate to contact me directly by email, (closing date is
Climate change has already altered the phenology of plants and organisms at
higher trophic levels. Among plants, this has resulted in a temporal shift
towards earlier bud burst and/or flowering, and among plant-feeding insects
in earlier emergences. But more radical changes can happen than shifts in
phenology: with increasing temperature, species may increase the number of
generations per year (voltinism). Such changes may be extremely important
from an ecological and evolutionary perspective, as an additional generation
may accelerate both population growth and rate of adaptation, and may also
lead to temporal mismatches between interacting species. However, we lack
insight in how climate affects the voltinism of species within natural
multitrophic communities, and how this in turn may shape food web structure
The overarching aim of the PhD project is to understand how spatial and
temporal variation in climate affects the voltinism of a diverse community
of herbivores and parasitoids on oak, and the consequences for food web
structure and dynamics. The project will combine several approaches: i)
fields surveys describing the spatial and temporal patterns in voltinism of
a community of herbivores and parasitoids on oak, ii) heating experiments to
disentangle how climatic variation (spring, summer and autumn heating)
drives the voltinism of, and synchrony between, herbivores and parasitoids,
and iii) detailed climate-chamber and laboratory experiments on five
selected species to probe the impact of voltinism on herbivore and
parasitoid preference and performance.
Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences
SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
Visiting address: Svante Arrhenius Väg 20A, room N420
Phone: + 46-(0)8-163959
Mobile: + 46-(0)70-4942557
Read an interview with Division 7 Coordinator Eckehard Brockerhoff of Scion
(New Zealand Forest Research Institute) about the work in IUFRO Division 7
and the All-Division Meeting at the IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress.
Division 7 deals with topics that are all concerned with forest and tree
health, and the causes of interactions between air pollution and climate
change, tree pathogens, and tree-feeding insects.
Dr Brockerhoff pointed out that biological invasions and invasive species
have been occupying much of this Division's time. The impacts of invasions
are so pervasive and fundamental, and there are no simple solutions. They
are an unwanted consequence of international trade and the movement of
people from country to country.
"At this Congress we've learned, among other things, about the progress in
our understanding of what makes these invasive species so aggressive and how
we can better predict the types of species that behave in this way," Dr
Download the PDF:
Link to the IUFRO Blog: http://blog.iufro.org/2017/10/17/on-forest-health/
Learn more about IUFRO Division 7:
1) first of all, sorry for eventual cross-posting as this message will apparently go to several mailing lists;
2) with this message we (Jan Stenlid & myself) would like to announce that preparations have already been initiated to organize IUFRO Working Party 7.02.01 "Root & Stem Rots" Conference, in conjunction with the "4th International Elm Conference", as well as the Conference entitled "Recent Advances in Research on Ash Dieback & Dutch Elm Disease (EC LIFE+ Nature)";
3) the EVENT is planned to cover not only above-mentioned topics, but also aspects of tree breeding for resistance & propagation, entomology, biodiversity and related social sciences;
4) provisional schedule:
- Sunday, August 26th, arrival, accommodation in Uppsala hotels, and reception at our campus (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Ultuna); as the campus is located about 15-20 min bus travel from the central Uppsala, one option for accommodation could be http://www.sunnerstaherrgard.se/ which is within the 10-15 min walking distance to the conference venue (along a river with beautiful scenery); ... and there you will get value for money; please note that it is not a big hotel, so number of places is limited, and there are numerous international events at our campus;
- August 26 - 27th, scientific sessions at Campus Ultuna;
- August 28th, half-day field excursion & travel by bus to Nynäshamn harbour, and then taking ferry to Visby, Gotland Island (http://www.destinationgotland.se/en/ferry/ ; upon arrival, individual accommodation and eventual sightseeing in one of the most beautiful towns in the world is up to you; please note that buses, ferry, and (most of) lunches and coffee breaks will be organized centrally from the budget of the EVENT;
- August 29th, scientific sessions at the conference centre in Visby;
- August 30th, half-day scientific sessions and then field excursion across the Island of Gotland;
- Saturday, September 1st, departure, either from Visby airport (many flights to Stockholm Arlanda airport with excellent international connections, duration approx. 50 min.), or by the ferry back to the mainland Nynäshamn harbour with good bus/train connections to Stockholm Arlanda airport; http://www.destinationgotland.se/en/ferry/timetable-and-prices/timetable/bu… );
5) IN CASE YOU WOULD BE INTERESTED TO PARTICIPATE; PLEASE BOOK THOSE DATES IN YOUR CALENDER; AND SEND ME A SHORT NOTE INDICATING THE INTEREST (not binding) BEFORE CHRISTMAS 2017; we need this for planning reasons, as the logistics of this EVENT appears to be rather complex;
6) in such case you will be included into the mailing list for future related communications to come in early 2018;
7) funding for reimbursement for several invited keynote speakers has been already secured, as well as the partial financial support for conference logistic/venues; yet, we are continuously working for obtaining more support in order to keep registration fee possibly low;
8) as recently discussed with Alfas Pliura, Editor in Chief of international scientific journal Baltic Forestry (WoS Impact Factor above 0.6 and constantly growing, free open access), submissions from this Conference to BF will be welcome and subjected for peer review process, as full research articles, reviews, short communications, and selected abstracts (upon publication, also indexed in WoS); please note that the material must contain original data, must be unpublished, and that the deadline for submission is 2nd of September 2018; so in case of interest, please do setting up and plan writing of the material in good order;
9) i will be in touch with more details in January 2018;
kind regards, and looking forwards to meet you in Sweden;
Rimvys Vasaitis & Jan Stenlid