Hello from IUFRO Division 4!
This latest issue of the newsletter continues to report on recent and planned activities in Division 4, the accomplishments of our members, and introduces more of our officers. Remember that we can only report the information you provide, so please continue to send Kristy (kristyak@utk.edu) information, photos, scholarship and job opportunities, and links related to Division 4.
There are a few updates regarding division-wide efforts. First, I will be sending out a poll in very soon to schedule a meeting of all division officers in late February or early March to discuss a number of topics such as communications within the division, portions of the IUFRO Strategic Action Plan that we might want to emphasize, and future meetings. I will send out a report on that meeting to everyone, as well as include it in the next newsletter.
One of the topics we will discuss is the possibility of a Division-wide meeting in 2022 or 2023. As I mentioned in the last newsletter, one possibility is the Regional IUFRO Conference in Moscow planned for September 2022, but we will discuss other alternatives as well. Please contact me or any officer if you have thoughts on other options.
Finally, we continue to explore ways in which we can include opportunities for virtual participation in IUFRO conferences and meetings in the future. Although immunizations are not occurring as quickly as I had hoped, we are seeing some positive momentum, and in-person meetings will be feasible at some point in the future. Still, I believe that including virtual options will increase participation and allow many more scientists to become involved in IUFRO activities. While providing such options will require support from IUFRO headquarters, we will continue to explore ways in which we can accomplish this at the division level.
As always, please feel free to email me or your unit officers if you have any questions or suggestions regarding the newsletter, future meetings, or any other topic related to IUFRO or Division 4.

Thank you,
Don Hodges
Meet Your Division 4 Officers
Over the next few newsletters, we will introduce all of the Division 4 officers to you. A full list of your Division 4 officers can be downloaded for your convenience, or view the full list of units for Division 4.
  • ignacio.barbeito(at)slu.se
  • Deputy Coordinator, 4.01.00 Forest Mensuration and Modeling
  • Current position: Researcher, Southern Swedish Forest Research Center, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU. Senior researcher at French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (on leave)
  • Research Interests: quantitative silviculture, forest health, remote sensing, mixed forests
  • Don.Grebner(at)msstate.edu
  • Deputy Coordinator, 4.05.00
  • Current Position: George L. Switzer Professor of Forestry and Head, Department of Forestry, Mississippi State University, USA
  • Research Interests: Forest economics and management, forest-based bioenergy, ecosystems services, forest protection
  • vitor.ufpr(at)gmail.com
  • Coordinator, 4.05.03
  • Current Position: Professor, Agricultural and Forest Economics and Policy, Undergraduate and Graduate Programs in Agronomy, Forestry Engineering and Industrial Timber Engineering, Federal University of Paraná
  • Research interests: Agrarian and forest policy; agricultural and forestry economics; productive chains; agroforestry investment analysis 
  • indu.indirabai(at)slu.se
  • Deputy Coordinator 4.02.06
  • Current Position: Post doctoral researcher, Department of Forest Resource Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Umea, Sweden
  • Research Interests: Change estimation of biomass, biophysical parameter estimation in forests both heterogeneous as well as homogeneous forests, remote sensing based forest monitoring and analysis
  • kasparj(at)fld.czu.cz
  • Deputy Coordinator, 4.03.03 and 4.04.07
  • Current Position: Assistant professor, Forest Management Department, CZU Prague Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences, Czech Republic
  • Research Interests: Forest management and planning, decision support systems, multicriterial and participative management
  • Carina.Keskitalo(at)umu.se
  • Co-Deputy, 4.04.08 and 7.03.015
  • Current Position: Professor of Political Science, Department of Geography, Umeå University, and guest professor, Department of Forest Resource Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå
  • Research Interests: Forest management and policy, climate change adaptation and invasive species management and policy
  • harri.makinen(at)luke.fi
  • Deputy, 4.01.04
  • Current Position: principal scientist, Natural Resources Institute Finland
  • Research Interests: growth and yield, wood formation, wood properties, forest management, dendroecology
  • tylam(at)ntu.edu.tw
  • Deputy, 4.01.03 
  • Current Position: Associate Professor in Forest Mensuration, School of Forestry and Resource Conservation, National Taiwan University, China-Taipei
  • Research Interests: Forest measurement, forest sampling, quantitative silviculture
  • chinsu(at)mail.ncyu.edu.tw
  • Deputy, 4.02.02 
  • Current Position: Professor and Department Head, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, National Chiayi University, Taiwan
  • Research Interests: Optical remote sensing, lidar remote sensing, GIS, forest management and planning, forest dynamics and growth modeling, forest anomaly detection, fuel load evaluation, signal sensing for climate change
Upcoming Division 4 Meetings
5-8 May 2021
Sofia, Bulgaria

4-6 October 2021
Brno, Czech Republic

1-3 July 2021
Nancy, France

8-11 August 2021
Estes Park, Colorado
4.04.04, 3.04.00

14-18 September 2022
Krakow, Poland
Scholarship & Job Opportunities
Call for Papers
Call for submissions to a special issue of Forests: Spatial Decision Support for Forest Management and Policy Formulation.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 19 September, 2021
Recent Work
Submitted by Bogdan Strimbu
Submitted by Vitor Hoeflich
Lecture in Seminar:
  • Anadalvo Juazeiro dos Santos.
  • Palestra sobre Produtos Florestais Não Madeireiros e a Conservação Florestal. (Lecture on Non-Timber Forest Products and Forest Conservation).
  • Seminário sobre Avaliação e Valoração de Florestas (Seminar on Forest Valuation and Valuation).
  • Promoters: Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) and the Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM).
Academic Extension Activities:
  • 2020. Ailson Augusto Loper. Vitor Afonso Hoeflich. Coordination Extension Project: Agroforestry sustainability for rural development. Undergraduate Courses in Forest Engineering and Industrial Timber Engineering. Federal University of Paraná. (UFPR).
  • 2020. Luiz A. C. Lucchesi. Vitor Afonso Hoeflich. Extension Project Coordination: Agronomy & Sustainability. Undergraduate Course in Agronomy. Federal University of Paraná (UFPR).
  • 2020. Zenobio Abel Gouvêa Perelli da Gama e Silva. University Extension Course: Forest Economy focused on the Amazon region. Undergraduate Course in Forest Engineering. Federal University of Acre (UFAC).
  • Ansolin, R.D. Fernandes, A.P.D.; Timofeiczyk Junior, R.; Hoeflich, V.A.; Bento, M.A.; Silva, S.A. Do forest concessions benefit extractivist communities? The case of the Jamari National Forest. Floresta (online) (Curitiba), v. 50, p. 1297-1306, 2020.
  • Carvalho Filho, M.S.S.; Silva, Z.A.P.G. da G. e. Os Aspectos econômicos da implantação e condução de povoamentos de Eucalyptus spp., no âmbito do Mecanismo de Desenvolvimento Limpo Florestal (MDL-F) no estado do Acre, 2013. Scientia Naturalis, v. 2, p. 778-798, 2020. 
Other Forestry News
Webinar: Fatos & Reflexões Florestais: Avaliação e Valoração de Aspectos econômicos do manejo florestal como subsídios à valoração dos recursos florestais.
  • Participants: Anadalvo Juazeiro dos Santos/UFPR; Zenobio Abel Gouvêa Perelli da Gama e Silva/UFAC)
  • Promoters: Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) and the Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM).
Webinar: Lives and digital contents with content in forestry economics, management and policy issues
  • Advisors: Thiago Rodrigues de Paula/UFPFR; Ailson Augusto Loper/UFPR; Vitor Afonso Hoeflich/UFPR
  • The dissemination of information during the year 2020 indicated more than 16000 accesses
  • Instagram Page
Webinar from the International Tree Mortality Network: Tree mortality in Australian ecosystems: past, present and future
  • 22 February, 2021
  • Presented by Professor Belinda Medlyn
  • Abstract: Australia is not only the driest inhabited continent, it also experiences high interannual variability in rainfall, and severe multi-year droughts. Tree death from drought is thus a recurring feature of the Australian landscape. In this talk I will review our current understanding of drought mortality in Australian ecosystems, including the historical context, current field research on the extent and mechanisms of drought dieback and recovery, and the development of models to predict future drought mortality risk.
  • Register here
The IUFRO Working Party 4.02.01 Resource Data in the Tropics has been redirected towards the issue of rescuing legacy or historical tropical forest datasets that are still on paper or in older digital formats. They also want to help develop appropriate metadata standards and policy for equitable use of these data.

These legacy datasets are invaluable for understanding how tropical forests, biodiversity, and carbon storage change through time, including the cumulative impacts of changes in land use and climate. Historical data can also help instruct current and future forest management.

All are welcome to participate who are interested in this effort. Please contact tropfordata(at)gmail.com for more information.
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