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June 15, 2001Volume 29, Number 32Two-Week Issue

Chad Oliver

Internationally known forestry
expert will join the faculty

Chad Oliver, a renowned expert in the field of forest stand dynamics, has been appointed professor of forestry and environmental studies at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES).

He will join the faculty next January.

"Chad is widely respected internationally as a silviculturist with a deep understanding of both the dynamics of forest processes and the interactions of human societies and forests," says F&ES Dean James Gustave Speth. "He has worked on forest issues here and abroad, and is the ideal person to lead our Global Institute for Sustainable Forest Management."

Oliver's publication "Forest Stand Dynamics" has been hailed as one of the most important contributions to silviculture in the last 50 years. He also authored over 70 reviewed publications including journal articles, book chapters and symposia proceedings. He has a long record of providing testimony to congressional committees, scientific and policy advisory panels, and state boards.

Speth notes that Oliver is a leading voice for sustainable forestry worldwide, breaking new ground with the development of computer models that provide important tools for forest land management. His Land Management System (LMS) computer model has been described as the equivalent of landscape architecture.

Oliver received his Ph.D. from Yale in 1975, and held an instructorship briefly at Harvard. That same year, he joined the faculty at the University of Washington, rising to the rank of full professor in 1986. His academic and professional experience extends to all the major forested regions of North America, as well as Europe, Asia, and Central and South America.

According to Speth, with the appointment of Oliver and seven other faculty to the forestry area this year, F&ES is further strengthening Yale's ability to serve as a worldwide leader on forestry issues. The other appointments include James Lyons, professor in the practice of natural resource management; Lisa Curran, associate professor of tropical ecology; Benjamin Cashore, assistant professor of sustainable forestry management; Florencia Montagnini, professor in the practice of tropical forestry; Ann Camp, lecturer in silviculture; and Michael Washburn, research scholar and expert in forest certification research and outreach.


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