Keynote Speakers

Anna Barbati

Prof. Anna Barbati, PhD, is Associate Professor at the University of Tuscia (Viterbo, Italy), where she teaches “Geomatics & Forest Inventories” and “Research support for sustainable forest management”. She has developed her research experience in the field of forest management and planning, gaining a specific expertise on the following topics: geomatics applications to forest monitoring, with a focus on forest productivity and structural and compositional biodiversity variables and implementation of forest types classifications to monitor sustainable forest management at European level. Her recent research interests lie in the area of application of remote sensing-based and/or forest sampling strategies, to study interactions between compositional and structural heterogeneity at stand scale and supply of multiple ecosystem services (wood and non-wood products, forest biomass, carbon sequestration, habitat provision). She is currently Principal Investigator in the EU projects REFORM (REsilience of FORest Mixtures), FREShLIFE (Demonstrating Remote Sensing Integration in Sustainable Forest Management) and PREVAIL (PREVention Action Increases Large fire response preparedness). She has authored 50 publications in peer reviewed ISI journals, and presently is Deputy Coordinator of IUFRO Division 8 Forest Environment. In 2019 she was included in the 100 Esperte, an online databank including more than 130 female STEM experts in Italy.

Title of keynote presentation:
Can mixed forests play the jack-of-all-trades in ecosystem services provision?

Anna Barbati. Portrait.

Charlotte Grossiord

How does global warming affect plants – and thus the important functions and services provided for humans by ecosystems? Charlotte Grossiord, an ecophysiologist at EPFL/WSL, has been investigating this question throughout her entire scientific career. Her research spans from biodiversity impacts on ecosystem functioning to understanding climate impacts on survival and mortality of trees. Charlotte’s research has made great steps forward in our understanding of plant survival under extreme conditions and on the significance of species interactions in forests. In her doctorate at Lorraine University and INRA-Nancy in France, she explored how tree species diversity affects the water and carbon balance of trees. She focused in particular on the resistance of plants to extreme events. In her PostDoc at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the USA, Grossiord investigated how forests adapt to the exacerbation of droughts with higher temperature. To continue and expand her research on these topics, EPFL and WSL have jointly appointed her tenure-track assistant professor in September 2019.

Title of keynote presentation:
Having the right neighbors: how tree species diversity modulates drought impacts on forests

Charlotte Grossiord. Portrait.

Lars Gamfeldt

Lars Gamfeldt is a senior lecturer at the Department of Marine Sciences at University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He is broadly interested in questions related to the multifunctional consequences of changes in biodiversity across ecosystems and scales. While his background is mainly marine, he has worked with a range of organisms and ecosystems, including bacteria, coastal rock pool communities, and temperate forests. Lars uses a range of approaches, including analyses of time-series of monitoring data, field- and laboratory experiments, simulation modelling and meta-analyses. His interest in ecosystem multifunctionality started with the publication of a paper in Ecology 2008. The main message of that article was that multifunctionality is more susceptible to species loss than are single functions. The Ecology paper was followed up by a paper on mixed forests and multiple ecosystem services in 2013, a methods paper 2014, and a meta-analysis in 2015. The claim that the value of biodiversity becomes more important if we consider more functions and services was questioned in a recent perspectives paper (Gamfeldt and Roger 2017). Lars is currently working with international colleagues to reach consensus on this issue.

Title of keynote presentation:
Biodiversity and ecosystem multifunctionality: which measure of multifunctionality, which species, which scale? 

Lars Gamfeldt. Portrait.

Hervé Jactel

Hervé Jactel is a Senior Scientist at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research. He graduated as an agronomist from AgroParisTech, obtained a PhD in Forest Entomology and a habilitation thesis to supervise research in Forest Ecology. His main topic of research is on biodiversity and forest ecosystem functioning, with a special focus on pest insect regulation. He also works on biodiversity conservation in planted forests and develops methods in forest risk analysis, investigating effects of global change. He is currently coordinating the HOMED project (Horizon 2020, which aims to develop a full panel of scientific knowledge and practical solutions for the management of emerging native and non-native pests and pathogens threatening European forests. In addition, Hervé has the role of expert at the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES). He is deputy coordinator of the IUFRO Research Group on Forest Entomology (7.03.00). He is member of the scientific committee of the French Foundation for Biodiversity Research. He is member of the French Academy of Agriculture.

Title of keynote presentation:
Mixing tree species to improve forest resistance to insect pests, in the context of global change

Hervé Jactel. Portrait.

Douglas A. Maguire

Doug Maguire is currently Giustina Professor of Forest Management and Director of the Center for Intensive Planted-forest Silviculture (CIPS) at the College of Forestry, Oregon State University. Since 1996, he has taught undergraduate courses in forest mensuration and forest models, and several graduate courses on advanced silvicultural topics, currently Silvicultural Influences on Forest Ecosystem Dynamics.  His research has involved forest understory vegetation, growth impacts of Swiss needle cast, foliage age-class distribution and crown structural dynamics of managed coniferous forests and, most recently, empirical and mechanistic components of models for simulating net primary production and growth responses to silvicultural treatments in Douglas-fir plantations. He previously served on the faculty at the University of Washington where he led the Silviculture Project within the Stand Management Cooperative and initiated a long-term research program on functional links between stand density regime, site productivity, crown dynamics and wood quality. He received his B.S. in Forest Management from the University of Maine, M.S. in Botany from Rutgers University, M.S. in Applied Statistics from Oregon State University, and Ph.D. in Forest Biometrics from Oregon State University.

Title of keynote presentation:
Evidence from controlled experiments for interactions of spacing and species mix on productivity, stand dynamics and vertical structure

Douglas A. Maguire. Portrait.

Hans Pretzsch

Hans Pretzsch has been Professor of Forest Growth and Yield Science at Technical University of Munich, Germany, since 1994 and responsible for the network of long-term experimental plots in Bavaria which date back to 1860. For the past 25 years he focused on general rules of tree and stand growth, tree and stand dynamics under stress, mixed-species stands, and forest modelling.

Title of keynote presentation:
Mixed-species forest stands. From understanding to design

Hans Pretzsch. Portrait.

Tamas Szedlak

Tamas Szedlak graduated as a forester in 1978, followed by an MSc in Forestry in 1987. Shortly after graduating, he partnered with climatologists to publish a paper on the relationship between climate change and forestry. In 1992, Tamas wrote his thesis on agroforestry and obtained his second degree on tropical agriculture and forestry. After working over 10 years in forests at the Hungarian State Forest Service, he became an official of the Ministry of Agriculture in Budapest, where he contributed to Hungary’s preparation for the accession to the EU. Since 2004, he worked for the European Commission in the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development. He deals with various forestry-related issues, primarily around its role in rural development, biodiversity and practical aspects under the changing climate. He follows the forestry and agroforestry-related policy development, including the preparation of the legislative background for the CAP post 2020 period. As a former practicing forester, one of his main motivations is to enhance the science-policy-practice connections.

Title of keynote presentation:
Mixed forests in the EU Forest Strategy and under the Common Agricultural Policy

Tamas Szedlak. Portrait


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17 September, 2019: Abstract submission opens
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