Webinar on Poplar and Ash
Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 2:00 pm ET
Watch the webinar recording below:

– Jennifer Koch, U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station – View Bio

Jennifer Koch is a Research Biologist with the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station in Delaware, OH. She has both a M.S. and Ph.D in Molecular Genetics from the Ohio State University. Her dissertation research identified signaling pathways in hybrid poplar involved in mounting defense responses to ozone stress that overlap with those triggered by insect herbivory, fungal and bacterial pathogens. This work was the beginning of her long standing interest in the mechanisms that trees use to defend themselves against biotic and abiotic threats and provided the fundamental basis for her career. Since joining the Forest Service, she has focused her research on the genetics of host-resistance to invasive insects and pathogens, developing methods to identify, propagate, and breed resistant trees. Dr. Koch has successfully implemented a participatory, multi-agency breeding program for beech bark disease resistant American beech trees and more recently, her research has focused on identifying and breeding for emerald ash borer resistance in North American ash species. Through collaborations with national and international universities, she is currently working on identifying the genetic determinants responsible for resistance to beech bark disease and emerald ash borer. Dr. Koch is a member of the Society of American Foresters and is currently heading the organizing committee for the upcoming International Union of Forest Research Organization’s 6th International Workshop on the Genetics of Tree-Parasite Interactions in August of 2018.

– Jared M. LeBoldus, Oregon State University – View Bio

Jared LeBoldus is an assistant professor of forest pathology at Oregon State University (OSU) in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology and the Forest Engineering Resources and Management Department since the fall of 2015. Prior to his appointment at OSU he was an assistant professor at North Dakota State University for 4 years. Dr. LeBoldus received his undergraduate degree in forest science at the University of British Columbia in 2003 and received both a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in forest biology and management at the University of Alberta.The forest pathology research program at OSU is focused on dissecting molecular plant-pathogen interactions in forest trees using genomics. These efforts are centered on Populus spp. and the fungal pathogen Sphaerulina musiva, the cause of septoria leaf spot and stem canker. Broadly, he is interested in using the Populus model to understand disease resistance and use that understanding to help mitigate the impacts of forest diseases.