School of Forest Resources

Leahy named Interim Associate Dean for Research and Associate Director

Jessica Leahy has been named Interim Associate Dean for Research of the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture and Associate Director of the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station (MAFES), effective Jan. 1, 2022. Leahy joined the School of Forest Resources in 2005. She will retain her faculty position as Henry W. Saunders Distinguished […]

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Mehdi Tajvidi: Outstanding Research Award

The Outstanding Research Award honors faculty who make significant contributions to their profession and have demonstrated excellence in scholarship.  Cellulose nanofibrils are miniscule. You would need 100,000 to cross the width of a single human hair. In the lab of Mehdi Tajvidi, Ph.D., these tiny structural building units of wood hold tremendous potential.  The associate […]

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Wenjing Sun: George F. Dow Graduate Scholarship Award

The George F. Dow Graduate Scholarship recognizes a graduate student associated with the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station with outstanding academic and research performance. Wenjing Sun works to help the environment by developing biodegradable products from renewable resources. With the guidance of her advisor Mehdi Tajvidi, associate professor of renewable nanomaterials, Sun conducts research […]

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Alyssa Soucy: Outstanding Master’s Degree Student

The Outstanding Master’s Degree Student Award recognizes a student who has distinguished themselves in all aspects of graduate performance. Alyssa Soucy is the recipient of the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture’s Outstanding Master’s Degree Student Award. She is pursuing a M.S. in forest resources. Her advisors are Sandra De Urioste-Stone, associate professor of […]

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Forestry alum Thröstur Eysteinsson on transforming Iceland’s landscapes

Thröstur Eysteinsson ’90 (M.S.), ’92 (Ph.D.) spent his childhood exploring Iceland’s bountiful natural world. His grandfathers were active volunteers in Iceland’s forestry societies, which he later joined while working as a high school science teacher. As he learned more about the history of forestry in Iceland, his interest grew, so much so that he quit […]

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A few of the award sculptures handed to the faculty impact award winners

Faculty honored for support, advocacy and mentorship of students

Select faculty were recognized for their support, advocacy and mentorship of University of Maine students at the Faculty Mentor Appreciation ceremony on May 7. The event, which was originally postponed, is part of the 2019 Maine Impact Week celebration. Among the 23 awardees UMaine recognized, nine are faculty of programs in the College of Natural […]

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College names 2019 Outstanding Graduate Students

Eight graduate students were recognized for their outstanding achievement at the college’s annual Celebration of Excellence on April 17. The college also honored undergraduate students and faculty members, Brenda Hall and Paul Rawson, at the event. Shokoofeh Ghasemi, Fred Griffee Memorial Award School of Forest Resources Developed a new chemical-free method to create filaments for […]

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Eleven college faculty members receive tenure and/or promotion

Thirty-four University of Maine faculty have received tenure and/or promotion. The faculty members were nominated by UMaine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy based on a peer and administrative review of their successful teaching, research and public service, and approved by the University of Maine System Board of Trustees. “We are extremely proud of our world-class faculty who […]

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New Faculty: Pascal Berrill

Pascal Berrill recently joined the School of Forest Resources as an Associate Professor of Silviculture. What has your journey been to this point? I moved from New Zealand to do graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, then taught forestry at Humboldt State University in north coastal California for 10 years, before moving to […]

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