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Invited speakers


Richard Bradshaw

Richard Bradshaw is currently Professor of Ecosystem Science at Liverpool University, UK, an adjunct Professor at Lund University, Sweden and has held research and teaching positions in five different countries. He has acted as advisor on forest management and biodiversity protection to the European Union and to the governments of Sweden and Denmark. He researches into the long-term ecosystem dynamics of terrestrial ecosystems with a primary focus on boreal and temperate forests. He has made specific research contributions in disturbance dynamics, fire and the natural forest concept, ungulate-forest relationships, stand-scale successions in ancient woodlands, forests as carbon stores, the long-term development of forest genetic resources, tree migration and both human and climatic impacts on vegetation. He has over 130 peer-reviewed publications and recently wrote a book on ecosystem dynamics and services together with a dynamic ecosystem modeler. 

Title: Using the past as a guide to European forest restoration



Catherine Collet

Catherine Collet is a forest researcher, working at the Wood and Forest Resource Laboratory, at INRA in Nancy North-Eastern France. Her research mainly focuses on the evaluation of silvicultural methods for young forest stands, either planted or naturally regenerated. Her research includes understanding the processes that drive forest regeneration, designing silvicultural methods to ensure regeneration success and evaluating their technical, environmental and economic performance and, finally, promoting best practices in silviculture.

Title: Role of mechanical methods for the establishment and silviculture of young plantations, in relation to forest restoration.


Pablo J Donoso

Pablo J Donoso is a forester from Universidad Austral de Chile (UACh, 1988), and both M.Sc. (1998) and Ph.D. (2002) at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry of the State University of New York in Syracuse (SUNY-ESF). He now is a professor at the UACh teaching “Silviculture of native forests” at the undergraduate level and “Silviculture of mixed-species forests” for graduate students, and is currently the supervisor of several students. His research during the last five years has been focused in plantations of Nothofagus species, variable-density thinnings in different types of secondary forests, and uneven-aged silviculture in mixed Valdivian temperate rainforests.  He has published near 70 peer-reviewed papers and two books, mostly in forest ecology, silviculture and restoration in native forests in Chile, but has also cooperated with colleagues overseas in papers covering general topics in silviculture and restoration. He is now especially concerned in cooperating to develop strategies for a sustainable forest management in Chile, his home country, by promoting both management of native forests and landscape restoration in areas with industrial plantations. Pablo is in charge of a 1300-ha forest watershed that has become an exemplary case of sustainable forest management, and is member of the World Resources Institute advisory panel on the use of native species in restoration projects.

Title: Restoring forests in landscapes under intensive land use pressures in developing countries



Annika Felton

Annika Felton: My research into forest ecology has involved a diverse array of forest systems around the world, at a large range of spatial scales; from the inner complexities of animal digestive physiology and plant chemistry, to landscape scale ecological dynamics and their resultant implications for forest and game management. While my projects often specifically regards animal-plant interactions and herbivore nutritional ecology, the outcomes are applicable to the maintenance of biodiversity in managed forest systems, and the ecosystem services we derive from these forests. Currently I run two large projects that combine ungulate ecology, veterinary medicine and forestry. In the first project we study how moose nutritional intake and diet relates to their condition on a population level, and how these factors depend on landscape scale availability of ungulate food. In the second project we study specifically the effects of supplementary feeding quality and quantity on the forest and the moose on a smaller geographical scale, and the nutritional process that lies behind such interactions. In addition, my research concerns several other animal and plant species in various contexts, in Sweden and abroad. 

Title: Ungulate browsing from a nutritional ecology point of view and implications for forest restoration


Dr. Lorena Gómez-Aparicio

Dr. Lorena Gómez-Aparicio is a research scientist of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). She received her PhD from the University of Granada (Spain) in 2004, and was a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies (NY, USA). Since 2010 she works at the Institute of Natural Resources and Agrobiology of Seville (Spain), where she leads the research group on Mediterranean Forest Systems. Much of her work focuses on understanding how Global Change drivers (mainly climate change and invasive species) might alter direct and indirect interactions among plants, animals and microbes, and how these interactions determine tree regeneration, growth and mortality. She is also very interested in applying her work to the restoration of forests and woodlands affected by disturbances such as fires, overgrazing or pathogen-driven tree decline. Her research has been mainly conducted in Mediterranean forests of the Iberian Peninsula, but she has also experience in temperate (US) and tropical (Mexico) forests. She has participated in more than 20 national and international projects, published 65 papers and book chapters (40 of them in ISI-indexed journals), and serves as an associate editor for Journal of Ecology.

Title: Understanding species interactions to support forest restoration in a changing world


Lena Gustafsson

Lena Gustafsson is professor and head of the Conservation Biology Unit at SLU, Uppsala, Sweden. Her research is directed towards processes and patterns that drive species and habitat diversity, specifically related to topical issues in forestry and conservation, and often with a focus on identifying efficient solutions. Much of her recent research has been towards the practice of integrating conservation measures at logging operations, like retaining trees and creating deadwood (“retention forestry”). Current research directions also include conservation biogeography (regionalization of conservation approaches), and post-fire vegetation dynamics. She has a large interest in outreach activities and puts a large effort into synthesizing and communication research results to end-users.

Title: Mitigating negative effects on biodiversity from clearcutting – an overview from north Europe.


David Lindenmayer

David Lindenmayer is a Research Professor at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at The Australian National University. He currently runs seven large-scale, long-term research programs in south-eastern Australia, primarily associated with developing ways to conserve biodiversity in reserves, national parks, wood production forests, plantations, and on farm land. David has written more than 1050 scientific articles, including over 630 papers in peer-reviewed international journals. He has also authored 42 books on forest ecology and management, forest and woodland biodiversity, conservation in agricultural landscapes, the ecology and management of fire, conservation science and natural resource management. He is a member of the Australian Academy of Science and the New York Academy of Sciences, winner of the Eureka Prize (twice), Whitley Award (six times), the Australian Natural History Medal, and the Serventy Medal for Ornithology. He was awarded a prestigious 5-year Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship in 2013 and an Order of Australia in 2014. 

Title: When too much disturbance is too much – restoration of structures, patterns and key processes


Juan A. Martín

Juan A. Martín is Associate Professor at the Forestry School of the Technical University of Madrid (UPM), Spain.  He has about 6 years of experience in teaching and 14 in research, being both activities mainly focused on Forest Health. His primary research interests are the study of environmental and host factors involved in the resistance of woody plants against pathogens in connection with tree breeding, with a special focus on finding elm genotypes resistant to the Dutch elm disease pathogen. Currently, he is involved in a LIFE+ project which has the aim of restoring Spanish elm stands in riparian areas of central Spain using selected tolerant elm genotypes. He has also carried out research on the diversity, functions and biotechnological applications of endophytes of forest trees. He is having extensive collaborations within EU projects and networks, and has been principal investigator of several research projects financed by the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness. He is co-author of 34 JCR research articles and main supervisor of two PhD and several BSc and MSc students at UPM, and co-supervisor of a PhD student at SLU. He coordinates the Forest Health Group of the Spanish Society of Forest Sciences.

Title: Scientific and breeding advances in the fight against Dutch elm disease - will they allow the use of elms in forest restoration?


Dr. Timo Saksa

Dr. Timo Saksa has over 30 years´ experience in silvicultural research, especially in forest regeneration. Currently he is working as leader of Forest Silviculture team in Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke). Timo Saksa has worked in Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla) since 1982, except in years 1990-1994, when he was working in Institute for Rural Research and Training unit (Mikkeli) at University of Helsinki. In Metla he has been working several shorter times as Director of Suonenjoki Research Unit. Timo Saksa was leader of research program “Forests and Silviculture in the future (2012-2016)” in Luke and he has coordinated several research projects and received 15 research grants. He has published over 150 research articles and about 50 of them were published scientific peer-reviewed journals. He has also published several guidebooks about forest regeneration and young stand management.

Title: Advances in planting techniques and materials in boreal region



Luis Neves Silva

Luis Neves Silva is graduated (1995) at UTL-ISA (Lisbon) as Forest Engineer – Natural Resources Management, works since 2004 at WWF, being the New Generation Plantations (NGP) platform  Lead. Luis work includes countries like Portugal, Brazil, South Africa and China, applying interpersonal skills and cross-cultural experiences into forestry work with private, public, and NGO sectors. Since 2015 Luis represents WWF and NGP at the IUFRO 'Sustainable Planted Forests for a Greener Future' Task Force, to improve the interface between science, society and policy related to planted forests. Luis co-authored 'Changes in planted forests and future global implications', published by ‘Forest Ecology and Management’ analyzing planted forests data from the 2015 FAO Forests Resources Assessment, and more recently published 'NGP, Towards Sustainable Intensification', at ‘Unasylva’ 247/248 issue, a selection of the XIV World Forestry Congress best papers. Luis work on the New Generation Plantations concept describes an ideal form of well-managed, well-placed plantations as an important component of production landscapes, providing an opportunity to restore degraded land, spare natural forest and enhance social values whilst increasing productivity. System-wide planning and zoning is an innovative solution to maximize the efficiency of production whilst reducing competition for land and water. Luis experience at NGP is that the ecological and social infrastructure of mosaics provides a means to tackle the paradox that the more we advance on development; the more we fail on sustainability.

Title: New Generation Plantations: restoring forests and ecosystem functions at the landscape scale



John Stanturf

John Stanturf: I’m a Senior Scientist with the US Forest Service, Center for Forest Disturbance Science, Athens. Professional experience includes manager of pine silviculture research, Union Camp Corporation and faculty positions at Penn State, University of Pittsburgh, and Cornell University. I received his MSc and PhD in forest soils from Cornell, BSc from Montana State University. I was a Lady Davis Postdoctoral Fellow at the Technion, Haifa, Israel. The Estonian University of Life Sciences bestowed on me an honorary doctorate.  My current research interests are functional restoration of degraded forests; incorporating disturbance and risk into forest management; climate change adaptation; and short-rotation woody crops. I lead the IUFRO Research Group on Restoration of Degraded Sites, also Deputy Coordinator of the Task Force on Forest Adaptation and Restoration under Global Change. For the past three years I have worked on an IUFRO/WRI project on Forest Landscape Restoration as a Key Component of Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation. 

Title: Saving the Bonn Challenge from irrelevance


Anne Tolvanen

Anne Tolvanen holds a professorship in forest ecology and the multiple use of forests in the Natural Resources Institute Finland and in the University of Oulu. Her present work concentrates on the quantification and valuation of ecosystem services to reconciliate contrasting needs of land uses. Her group develops multidisciplinary models that optimize land uses of different ecosystem service impacts and multicriteria tools that are used in the planning and management of peatlands and forests. Her research also covers a wide range of ecological and socio-ecological questions in terrestrial boreal and arctic ecosystems: ecological restoration of forests and peatlands, sustainable nature tourism, and arctic vegetation responses to climate changes.

Title: The role of disturbances in forest restoration – do we promote or counteract them?