Healthy Forests – Cohort of Faculty and Staff Positions
Forest ecosystems face increasing and emerging threats, including non-native invaders, resurgence of native diseases and pests, climate and land use changes, and the synergistic effects of these challenges combined. The Healthy Forests Cohort of three faculty and one staff position was funded to address these challenges.
This cohort fills critical gaps in expertise across the Southern US, and will enable anticipation and early detection of forest health threats, a precise understanding of their impacts on society, spatiotemporal monitoring to facilitate early intervention, adaptive silviculture and the capacity to rapidly deploy restoration populations that are genetically resistant (or tolerant) to invaders, drought, and other disturbance risks. The synergistic effects of combined forest health threats require interdisciplinary solutions – this cohort of faculty positions is designed to meet multi-faceted forest health challenge by seamlessly combining new experts and approaches with existing expertise, in order to guide management decisions and policy recommendations toward increased forest resilience.
The four positions in the Healthy Forests cohort are:
1) Resilience and Restoration Silviculture (Jason Vogel, SFRC)
2) Remote Sensing for Forest Health Modeling (Aditya Singh, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department)
3) Tree Health Genetic Resources (TBD, Plant Pathology Department – Job Description)
4) Monitoring Coordinator, Global Threats to Forest Health (Paloma Carton de Grammont, SFRC)