2022-23 Forests and Climate Learning Exchange Series: Assessing Landscape-Scale, Climate-Smart Forest Management Strategies: Is it Possible?
In this webinar, speakers Aaron R. Weiskittel and Erin Simons-Legaard from the University of Maine present "Assessing Landscape-Scale, Climate-Smart Forest Management Strategies: Is it Possible?"
Assessing Landscape-Scale, Climate-Smart Forest Management Strategies: Is it Possible?
- Aaron R. Weiskittel, Professor of Forest Biometrics and Modeling
Dr. Aaron Weiskittel is Professor of Forest Biometrics and Modeling, Irving Chair of Forest Ecosystem Management, Director of Center for Research on Sustainable Forests, and Director of National Science Foundation Center for Advanced Forestry Systems. He has been at the University of Maine since 2008 following a two-year stint at Weyerhaueser. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on forest measurements and biometrics. He has been PI or Co-PI on nearly $21 million in research grants from USFS, NSF, and NASA. He has authored nearly 155 peer-reviewed publications and was lead author on a widely cited textbook on forest growth and yield modeling. He currently serves as an associate editor for Canadian Journal of Forest Research, Forest Ecology & Management, and Frontiers in Forests and Global Change.
As Director of the Center for Research on Sustainable Forests, Dr. Weiskittel oversees the research activities of three long-term, self-funded field sites, a national industry-university research cooperative, and numerous region-wide initiatives including the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit, Northeastern States Research Cooperative, Forest Climate Change Initiative, and Maine Spruce Budworm Task Force. Under Dr. Weiskittel’s leadership, the research center is focusing on a more landscape-driven geoinformatics agenda.
- Erin Simons-Legaard, Assistant Research Professor in Forest Landscape Modeling
Dr. Erin Simons-Legaard is Research Assistant Professor of Forest Landscape Modeling. Erin became a member of the School of Forest Resources faculty in 2014 and has since developed a research program that blends terrestrial wildlife ecology, geospatial science, and landscape modeling. Much of Erin’s research is applied, with an aim to evaluate the effects of human land use on northern forest ecosystems and improve multi-objective management outcomes and adaptation capacity.