Guest Speakers

bautistaSusana Bautista is a Professor in the Ecology Department at the University of Alicante, Spain. Her research is focused on forest and dryland restoration, dryland ecology and ecohydrology. Most of her applied research is carried out in close collaboration with stakeholders, having contributed to the development and implementation of best management practices in areas such as forest management, post-fire rehabilitation, and dryland restoration. Dr Bautista has led the development of innovative participatory tools for the evaluation of restoration actions. She has published over 80 scholarly papers, organized numerous and diverse dissemination and knowledge transfer activities, and participated in multiple networking activities and international research grants in the fields of forest and dryland management. Currently, she is involved in research on the effects of biotic interactions, plant diversity, and plant pattern on the resilience of dryland ecosystems in response to multiple disturbances, including drought. She has served on diverse international expert panels, including the working group on Soil Erosion of the European Soil Thematic Strategy, and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) consultative group on the Zero Net Land Degradation target.
TITLE:  Better together or apart? The role of plant-plant interactions and spatial pattern in forest restoration

hawkinsBarbara Hawkins is a Professor in the Centre for Forest Biology and Dept. of Biology, University of Victoria, Canada.  She teaches plant and tree biology, and her research is in tree ecophysiology, specifically tree nutrition and cold hardiness.  She has particular interests in how temperate and boreal trees adapt and acclimate to low levels of available nitrogen. Barbara graduated with a BSF in Forest Resource Management from the University of British Columbia and obtained her PhD from the School of Forestry, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ.  She joined the UVic faculty in 1990.  Her research has been conducted mainly in south coastal BC, but she has also worked in NZ, Australia, Thailand, France and Sweden.
TITLE:  The WoodWideWeb – How specialized are mycorrhizal symbioses?

macdonaldEllen Macdonald is a Professor of Forest Ecology in the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta. For the past 25 years her research has focused on the ecology of northern forests – particularly forest regeneration, stand dynamics, understory plant communities and relationships among these. Much of her work has examined the impacts of natural and anthropogenic disturbance. In recent years she has sought to apply basic principles of forest ecology to restoration of forests following severe mining disturbance.
TITLE:  To Mordor and Back: The Journey Towards Forest Restoration Following Oil Sands Mining

newtonAdrian Newton is a Professor in Conservation Ecology at Bournemouth University in the UK. After graduating with a PhD from Cambridge University, Adrian joined the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology in Edinburgh, where he researched the conservation of tropical tree species, and their use in the restoration of forest resources. He then spent seven years as a lecturer in Forest Resource Ecology at Edinburgh University, where he coordinated a series of projects focusing on the restoration and conservation of forests in Chile, Argentina and Mexico, as well as in the UK. He was then Head of the Forest Programme at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre, where he set up the global Forest Restoration Information Service. Since joining Bournemouth University in 2003, he has led a series of international research projects focusing on forest restoration and conservation in Latin America and Central Asia.
TITLE: Restoration of Resilient Forests: an Achievable Goal or an Impossible Dream?

owenCarlton Owen is President & CEO of the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities – a $200 million entity created out of the Canada/US Softwood Lumber Agreement 2006 – with a mission to support sustainable forestry and forest-reliant communities in the U.S.  Owen, of Greenville, SC, has for nearly 40 years been at the forefront of conservation innovation.  For six years he led his consultancy, The Environmental Edge, LLC, in “bringing business and the environment together” to benefit both.  He is a former Executive Director of the Sustainable Forestry Board, Inc. and Vice President – Forest Policy, Champion International Corporation.  He has held positions with the American Forest Council; American Forest Foundation; Potlatch Corporation; and Mississippi Wildlife Federation.  Among his achievements is “Acres for America” – a first-of-its-kind program with Walmart to off-set its development footprint acre-for-acre with conservation properties.  A forester and wildlife biologist, he holds a B.S. degree in forestry and M.S. in wildlife ecology from Mississippi State University. In his role with the Endowment, Owen spearheaded the creation of the Forest Health Initiative – a collaboration that has invested nearly $7M to date – using the American chestnut to plumb the potential of modern biotechnology as a tool in the fight against burgeoning forest health problems.
TITLE:  Science at the Speed of Need:  A New Model for Modern Biotechnology to Address Forest Health Needs

pedlarJohn Pedlar is a Forest Biologist at the Great Lakes Forestry Centre in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. His work focuses on invasive forest insects, species distributions, and climate change. In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the need to take climate change into account when managing natural systems. Assisted migration – the intentional movement of species to novel locations that are projected to have suitable future climate – has been put forward as one way to help adapt natural systems to climate change. This approach has been highly controversial in the conservation community because it directly conflicts with the longstanding paradigm of managing species within natural range limits; however, proponents of the approach point to the unprecedented threats that climate change poses and wonder what ‘natural’ is in a climate changed world. John has explored these issues as a member of the Canadian Forest Service Assisted Migration Working Group and has helped to author several scientific articles on the subject.
TITLE:  Assisted Migration and Forest Restoration Under Climate Change: Golden Opportunity or Fool’s Gold?

stanturfJohn Stanturf is a Senior Scientist with the US Forest Service, Center for Forest Disturbance Science, Athens, GA where he was project leader from 2000 to 2012. He served in a similar position at the Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research in Stoneville, MS for 8 years. Professional experience includes manager of pine silviculture research, Union Camp Corp. and faculty positions at Penn State, University of Pittsburgh, and Cornell University. He received his MSc and PhD in forest soils from Cornell, BSc from Montana State University, and was Lady Davis Postdoctoral Fellow, Technion, Haifa, Israel.  Current research interests are functional restoration of degraded forests; incorporating disturbance and risk into forest management; climate change adaptation; and short-rotation woody crops. He has conducted research in temperate and tropical forests in North and South America, Europe, and Asia and recent work on REDD+ and biodiversity conservation in Africa as a consultant to USAID. Scientific output includes 85 refereed scientific papers, books and book chapters, 63 other reviewed papers, and numerous reports, including editing three books on forest restoration. Among other awards, he received an Honorary Doctorate from the Estonian University of Life Sciences and Honor Award for Distinguished Science from the Chief, US Forest Service.
TITLE:  Future Landscapes: Opportunities and Challenges

villarPedro Villar-Salvador is an associate professor in ecology at the Department of Life Sciences of the University of Alcalá since 2005. He obtained his PhD in 2000 at the University of Valencia (Spain). He worked for nine years as a freelance researcher for the Spanish Ministry of Environment. His research has focused on ecophysiological aspects of the reforestation and cultivation of plants and on the functional ecology of Mediterranean woody flora. Main issues of interest have been the water relations, cold acclimation, nitrogen nutrition and root growth. At present he works on the comparative physiology of Iberian pines at the seedling stage to provide the ecophysiological basis of the distribution of pine natural populations and their vulnerability to climate change. Moreover, he is also interested on knowing the main drivers of oak recruitment in Mediterranean forests, with emphasis on the role of dispersers, facilitative interactions and on abiotic limitations. Part of his research has been done in collaboration with colleagues in France, United Kingdom and USA.
TITLE:  Importance of stored nitrogen and carbohydrates for seedling outplanting performance