Keynote speakers

Dr. Craig D. Allen

Research Ecologist, Fort Collins Science Center

Essential needs, key challenges, and opportunities for better monitoring of global patterns & trends of forest health and tree mortality

- presents an overview of key process drivers and global patterns in drought/heat-induced tree mortality

- highlights some of the current challenges that limit our ability to assess global patterns & trends in tree mortality

- and ends by emphasizing the value, need, and some opportunities for better monitoring of global patterns/trends of forest stress and tree mortality

Craig is a Research Ecologist and the Station Leader of the New Mexico Landscapes Field Station, based at Bandelier National Monument in northern New Mexico, where he has worked as an ecologist with the U.S. Dept. of Interior since 1986. Craig conducts research on the responses of Western mountain ecosystems and forests globally to climate change; he also provides technical support in the areas of ecosystem management and restoration to diverse land management agencies in the region. Craig is one of the initiators of the ongoing debate on climate change risks for global forests and has contributed a number of seminal papers on occurrences of tree and forest mortality in response to drought and heat, as well as on the vulnerability of forests to global changes and how these issues could be addressed.


 

 

Prof. William R.L. Anderegg

University of Utah, Department of Biolog

Keynote on:

- What are the various mortality frameworks and mechanisms proposed?

- What have we learned in the last 10 years on mortality physiology?

- What are the promising next steps?

- How much physiology do we "need" for different aims?

- Some concluding thoughts on integrating networks and mechanisms

Bill’s research centers around the intersection of ecosystems and climate change. In particular, he strives to understand the future of Earth’s forests in a changing climate. He studies how drought and climate change affect forest ecosystems, including tree physiology, species interactions, carbon cycling, and biosphere-atmosphere feedbacks. This research spans a broad array of spatial scales from xylem cells to ecosystems and seeks to gain a better mechanistic understanding of how climate change will affect forests around the world.


 

 

Prof. Dr. Andreas Bolte

Thünen Institute of Forest Ecosystems, Eberswalde, Germany

Terrestrial mortality monitoring at different scales

Andreas will try to illustrate both concepts of mortality monitoring in forests at different scales as well as examples for an experimental approach to assess mortality risks in young trees. Latter is based mainly on his participation within the European Cost STREeSS network and a pan-European drought experiment with marginal beech populations.

Andreas is a forest ecologist, ecophysiologist, and silviculturist with his research focus on how individual trees and whole forest ecosystems respond to climatic extreme events and how forests and forestry can adapt to ongoing climate change. His concepts of adaptive forest management for central European forests is based on experimental and empirical research as well as insights from forest monitoring and inventories. Andreas has recently initiated a global Task Force of the International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO) aiming at developing best practice approaches for forest adaptation and forest landscape restoration for different global regions.


Prof. Matthew C. Hansen

University of Maryland, Department of Geographical Sciences

Global tree cover extent and change monitoring using Landsat data

Prof. Matthew Hansen is a remote sensing scientist with a research specialization in large area land cover and land use change mapping. His research is focused on developing improved algorithms, data inputs and thematic outputs which enable the mapping of land cover change at regional, continental and global scales. The methods developed in his lab will be used to test global-scale disturbance mapping with Landsat data. Other current research efforts focus on improving global monitoring capabilities.


 

 

Prof. Belinda Medlyn

University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment

Predicting the risk of drought mortality in the future – can we do it?

Belinda ist planning to talk about whether and how we can predict risk of drought mortality from future climate and an understanding of plant ecophysiology. She is going to review some recent modelling attempts and discuss what we need to know to make future predictions.

Belinda has a background in applied mathematics and worked for a merchant bank before earning a PhD in theoretical biology. Her research focuses on how plants, especially forests, respond to increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide and climate change. She works at the interface between experiments and models and aims to develop evidence-based models of how ecosystem productivity, water use, and species composition will be affected by global change. Her work allows her to collaborate closely with a number of experimental teams world-wide to test and improve ecosystem models.