Author: Rafał Chudy

Footballer by passion, forest analyst by the rest of the time. The idea of this blog idea was born in my head a long time ago but never had time for its realization. As my theoretical and practical knowledge in forestry and forest analytics has been significantly growing since I emigrated from Poland, I have decided to share it with people who are interested in efficient management of all kind of resources related to forestry. I would like to discuss here different tools, solutions and managerial systems in different places around the world. Definitely, this blog is for people who are open-minded and not always politically correct. I will tell things as they are, but also how they should look like in my opinion. My personal intention is to keep texts short and focus more on the discussion. Therefore, prepare your valid and well-reasoned opinions (constructive criticism only) and enjoy being a part of forestry community!
JOB ALERTS

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER in International Forest Policy

The Department of Forestry at University of Helsinki invites applications for POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER in International Forest Policy. The position is full-time and will last for three years (with 4 months’ probation period). The planned starting date of the position is June 2017. The position forms part of the recently established Chair of International Forest Policy. Personaly, I have spent one semester in studying forestry at the University of Helsinki, and I really recommend this University as it is full of profesionalism, and great studying andContinue reading

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Western vs. Eastern Forest Economists

Almost every year, two great events for forest economists are organized in the United States of America. First one, the conference of Western Forest Economists will be held at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins (CO), while the second – International Society of Forest Resource Economists (ISFRE), will be hosted in New Orleans (LA). This year, forest economists will have a really tough choice, and they have to use their ecnonomic theories and scarce resource (time) to select, which conference they want to attend, as both of them areContinue reading

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Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium (WFGRS)

On April 21st, I had an opportunity to take a part in the Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium (WFGRS), hosted by Oregon State University’s (OSU) College of Forestry. Every year the symposium fosters educational opportunities, community building, and academic excellence by providing a space for students to present their work to their university community. Overall, it was a great experience to see the showcase of current raduate student research at OSU. 

JOB ALERTS

JOB ALERT: PhD in Forestry Combo

Quite recently, six new PhD positions in foresty have been announced, in Sweden. All of them are within FRAS project, which focuses on future forests in southern Sweden. If you like to become a PhD candidate in forestry in Sweden, this post is perfectly tailored to you!

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International Forestry

There ain’t no free lunch in forestry – an interview with Bob Izlar

During the 2017 Timberland Investment Conference, I interviewed Mr. Bob Izlar, the Director of University of Georgia (UGA) Harley Langdale, Jr. Center for Forest Business. Mr. Izlar tell us more about Forest Business Program at UGA, its main idea, potential opportunities after graduation, and in general about the demise of many world class forestry schools since mid-1970s.

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Are forest disturbances amplifying or canceling out climate change-induced productivity changes in European forests?

Title of this post comes directly from recently published research paper. The international team of specialists has recently provided an overview of forest productivity changes in different forest regions in Europe under climate change, and tried to divide these changes into effects induced by climate change alone, and by climate change and forest disturbances. Read more what they have found!

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Forest attrition distance reveals: deforestation was considerably higher in the western U.S.

The U.S. forests have been affected by dramatic land cover change over the past few centuries. In a paper published in PLoS One one month ago, Dr. Mountrakis and Sheng Yang, a graduate student, tried slicing deforestation a different way. Read more about a new way to measure deforestation, i.e. forest attrition distance, and and where in the U.S. it  was higher!