The second meeting open session was held on Thursday, February 8, 2018, from 10:15 am – 3:15 pm Eastern Time at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, DC.

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418 | Room 120

Measures and characteristics of forest health most appropriate when evaluating the risk of releasing trees produced using biotechnology

10:15 am Welcome and Introduction
Susan Offutt, Committee Chair
Kara Laney, Study Director
10:30 am Kimberly F. Wallin, Research Associate Professor and Interim Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs, University of Vermont – View Bio | View Slides

Kimberly F. Wallin is a research associate professor and associate dean for research and graduate programs with the Rubenstein School of Environmental and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. Her research explores the complex interactions that define forest ecosystems, focusing on questions related to the patterns and functions of forests in response to human-induced changes in climate, land use, and the introduction of non-native invasive terrestrial organisms. She integrates environmental sociology and ecological economics into her research approach to explore the human dimensions of management decisions and land-use change. Dr. Wallin earned a B.S. in urban forestry from the University of Minnesota and a M.S. and Ph.D. in forest entomology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

10:45 am Audience Introductions
10:50 am James S. Clark, Nicholas Professor in Global Environmental Change and Professor of Statistical Science, Duke University – View Bio | View Slides

James S. Clark is Nicholas Professor of Global Environmental Change in the Nicholas School of the Environment and Professor of Statistical Science, at Duke University. Clark’s research focuses on how global change affects populations, communities, and ecosystems. Current projects explore consequences of climate, CO2, and disturbance on dynamics of forests. His lab is using long-term experiments and monitoring studies to determine disturbance and climate controls on the dynamics of 20th century forests in combination with extensive modeling to forecast ecosystem change. Among recent activities he led the National Assessment on Effects of Drought on Forests and Rangelands in the United States: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis, an effort involving more than 70 academic and government scientists. Clark received a BS from the North Carolina State University in Entomology in 1979, a MS from the University of Massachusetts in Forestry and Wildlife in 1984, and a PhD from the University of Minnesota in Ecology in 1988.

11:10 am Gary M. Lovett, Senior Scientist and Forest Ecologist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies (presenting remotely) – View Bio | View Slides

Gary M. Lovett is a senior scientist and forest ecologist with the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York. He received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Union College and a Ph.D. in biology from Dartmouth College. He currently holds visiting or adjunct professorships at Cornell University, the University at Albany, and Rutgers University. Gary’s research focuses primarily on the effects of air pollution, climate change and invasive insects and diseases on forests. He is the author of over 130 scientific publications and editor of two books, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

11:30 am Discussion with morning session speakers
12:15 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Robert L. Deal, Research Forester and Ecosystem Services and Products Team Leader, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station (presenting remotely) – View Bio | View Slides

Robert L. Deal is a research forester and science team leader for the USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station in Portland, Oregon. As ecosystem services team leader, he directs research on ecosystem services, wood products, and applied silviculture including research to enhance sustainable forestry. Dr. Deal is an internationally recognized authority for ecosystem services and sustainable forest management. He has more than 30 years of professional forester and research experience working in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Dr. Deal is actively involved with leadership roles in both the Society of American Foresters (SAF) and the International Union of Forestry Research Organization (IUFRO).

1:20 pm Robert J. Johnston, Professor of Economics and Director and Research Professor, George Perkins Marsh Institute, Clark University – View Bio | View Slides

Robert J. Johnston is a Professor of Economics and Director and Research Professor at The George Perkins Marsh Institute at Clark University. Professor Johnston’s research interests include economic valuation, benefit transfer and ecosystem services, with an emphasis on aquatic, riparian and coastal systems. His recent work has focused on the economics of coastal vulnerability and adaptation (e.g., to sea level rise and coastal flooding), and the coordination of economic and ecological models to value aquatic, riparian and coastal ecosystem services. Beginning in January 2018 he will be editor of the journal Resource and Energy Economics. In addition to his grant-funded research, he works closely with international organizations, government agencies and non-profit organizations to assist in the use of economic information to guide environmental and natural resource decisions. He is a past member of the US EPA Science Advisory Board, and a current member of the Ecosystem Science and Management Working Group of NOAA Scientific Advisory Board, the Steering Committee and Science Advisory Board of the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program, and the Senior Advisory Board of the Connecticut Sea Grant Program. He has also served on multiple National Research Council Panels for the National Academy of Sciences addressing environmental and natural resource issues. Dr. Johnston received a B.A. from Williams College in 1990 and a Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island in 1996. He has been at Clark since 2008.

1:40 pm Christine Dean, Vice President, Global Timberlands Technology, Weyerhaeuser (retired) – View Bio | View Slides

Christine Dean was the vice president of global timberlands technology for Weyerhaeuser.

Anna Leon, Forest Pathologist, Weyerhaeuser – View Bio

Anna Leon is a forest health specialist with Weyerhaeuser, with a broad focus on all stages of nursery, orchard, and forest health of Douglas-fir in the Pacific Northwest and loblolly pine in the Southeastern United States. Her role includes managing internal applied research projects focused on mitigating pest damage, serving as an industry partner in university lead forest health research initiatives, and providing technical advice and diagnostic expertise to company foresters and seedling growers. Prior to her role with Weyerhaeuser, she primarily worked on seedling nursery pathogen issues, including exploring alternatives to methyl bromide fumigation and improved detection of Fusarium commune in nursery soils. Dr. Leon received her B.S. in biology from Western Washington University, M.S. in forest science from the University of Washington, and Ph.D. in plant pathology from Washington State University.

2:00 pm Discussion with afternoon session speakers
2:45 pm Public comment period
3:00 pm Continuation of discussion with speakers
3:15 pm Adjourn open session