With sadness, I pass along news of the death of Dr. Michael McManus
yesterday. Mike was a research scientist with the US Forest Service in
Hamden, Connecticut for his entire career, beginning in 1966 and including
his status as an active emeritus scientist up to the present. During his
career with the US Forest Service, most of Mike’s research focused on
Lymantria dispar, its dispersal behavior, ecology, host-pathogen
interactions, and management. He played a crucial role both as a research
manager and in conceiving several large integrated management programs that
targeted this insect. During the last 35 years he was the main organizer
of the USDA Interagency Forum on Invasive Species which is held every year
in Annapolis, Maryland. Right up until the time of his death, Mike was
actively involved in planning the program for the upcoming meeting in
Mike was also very active in IUFRO and other international activities. He
founded working party 7.03.06 “Integrated Management of Forest Defoliating
Insects” and led this group for over 10 years. During that period, he was a
crucial player in the organization of several conferences in North America
and Europe. In 2010 Mike was presented the George Varley Award for
Achievement in Forest Entomology recognizing him for his many career
I know that many of you were acquaintances or friends with Mike. As in my
case, Mike was very helpful in the careers of many individuals and building
connections among scientists, especially those in different countries.
Currently we don’t have any information about a memorial gathering but if
you wish information on contacting his wife Kathy to express your
condolences, please contact me and I can pass along that information.
Northern Research Station 304-285-1512
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All interested in forests and insects
August 21-23, 2024 Joint meeting 7.03.06, 7.03.12 and 7.03.13
Theory and Practice to address Defoliating Insects, Invasive Pests and
Biological Control of Insects and Pathogens in Forests
will be held in Tokyo, Japan.
Early Registration for the Joint Meeting will be over by the end of
November and regular fees will apply for registration from December.
This meeting will be completed two days before the start of ICE2024 in
Kyoto, so it is very convenient for you to attend both of them.
If you are coming to Japan, may I suggest that you visit Tokyo as well
For more information, please see the link below.
Etsuko Shoda-Kagaya , Ph.D.
Chief of Insect Ecology Laboratory
Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute
Forest Research and Management Organization
Matsunosato 1, Tsukuba, 305-8687 Japan
Fax : +81-29-873-1543
Dear FORPATH and FORENT colleagues,
If you have been looking at the IUFRO 2024 World Congress website since June you may have noticed that we have put together an attractive Division 7-themed tour that many of you may be interested to join in the days after the Congress. It will be a 6 day, 5 night excursion going from Stockholm south, ending up in Malmö where people can easily and conveniently depart from Copenhagen International airport. The tour is geared more to forest scientists and will showcase many pest/pathogen/extreme climate and other management issues relevant to Scandinavian forests. There will of course be some touristic elements included and we promise excellent scenery enroute. Highlights of the tour are presented in the attached PDF. Feel free to circulate to others that might be interested to join.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Hope to see many of you there!
Forest Pathologist, Associate Professor (Docent)
Senior Lecturer in Forest Pathology
Vice-Director of the Centre for Excellence on Fast-growing Broadleaves (TREES FOR ME)
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences/Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, SLU
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The forest entomology lab at the University of Minnesota has several
- postdoc (spread of emerald ash borer, available fall 2023 or winter 2024)
- technician (cold tolerance of elongate hemlock scale, available fall 2023)
- graduate student or postdoc (mountain pine beetle, available
The lab website (www.forest-insects.umn.edu) contains details and
application instructions, and I'm always happy to field questions from
Professor of Forest Entomology
Department of Entomology
University of Minnesota
432 Hodson Hall, 1980 Folwell Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
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On behalf of Aapo Rautiainen, please see the information below regarding remote participation in the upcoming conference of the International Boreal Forest Research Association, of which IUFRO is a sponsor.
More information can be obtained directly from Aapo:
Aapo Rautiainen (aapo.rautiainen(at)fmi.fi<mailto:email@example.com>), Research Scientist, Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI)
Member of IBFRA 2023 Scientific Committee
Best regards, Tod
Boreal forest conference www.ibfra2023.org<http://www.ibfra2023.org/> 28-31 August in Helsinki is approaching. The highly interesting programme can be found here<https://sites.google.com/tyrskyconsulting.fi/ibfra-2023/programme?>.
Registration is open for both in-person and online attendance until 25th Aug.
Registration<https://sites.google.com/tyrskyconsulting.fi/ibfra-2023/registration> fee for online participation is 150€ for the whole conference. In-person attendance is 700€.
Welcome to enjoy science!
The IBFRA2023 organizing committee
[Ein Bild, das Text, Schrift, Screenshot, Diagramm enth?lt. Automatisch generierte Beschreibung]Inclusion of women in the forest entomology and forest pathology workforce has been a difficult journey. While policies and resources exist for organizations and departments to increase diversity and retain women, there still exist large gaps in gender parity at forest research institutions globally. It is imperative that we better understand the barriers that exist for women in forest entomology and pathology so that more inclusive environments can be created that are welcoming towards women and other underrepresented groups. To assess these barriers and subsequent opportunities for improvement, we surveyed forest entomology and pathology professionals globally to ask about their experiences in the workforce. We also provide examples of trends in gender representation at relevant institutions. Barriers to success for women and men were very different; women experienced more barriers related to family caretaking while men experienced more barriers related to funding opportunities. These differences show where opportunities lie to better attract, support, and retain women in forest entomology and forest pathology. Although some trends in gender representation are promising, large gaps continue to exist which need to be addressed.
Jessica A. Hartshorn, Eckehard G. Brockerhoff, Maartje J. Klapwijk, Mariella Marzano, Rebecca J. Ganley, Molly N. Darr: Attracting and retaining women in forest entomology and forest pathology. Forest Policy and Economics, Volume 154, 2023, 103022. ISSN 1389-9341. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forpol.2023.103022
Dear friends and colleagues,
A quick reminder that abstract submission will close on 15 July for the joint meeting of IUFRO WP7.02.13 and WP7.02.03 Novel and classical strategies to manage forest health in plantations: Home | Second WP Meeting (galoa.com.br)<https://eventos.galoa.com.br/secondiufrowpmeeting/page/2462-home>
The meeting will be held in Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil from 17-20 September 2023. The conference will discuss the management of forest health issues in commercial plantations.
We will also host a satellite event on management of Sirex noctilio.
The local organisers have put together a very reasonably priced and exciting Post Conference Tour: https://eventos.galoa.com.br/secondiufrowpmeeting/page/2827-post-conference…
Conference topics will include:
* Biological control of plantations pests and new technologies
* Biosecurity measures for invasive pests and pathogens
* Climate change affecting forest health
* New technologies for pest and diseases surveillance
* Pest and disease management strategies
* Status of pests and diseases in plantations worldwide
Please share this announcement with your colleagues.
Apologies if you receive this message more than once as we will be circulating through several channels.
On behalf of the Organising Committee and Working Party leaderships,
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Please, find attached a reminder of the deadline of abstract submission for the IUFRO congress (Unit 2.08.03, to be held in Uruguay in November) is quite close.
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