2009 Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference - May 31 - June 3, 2009 - The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center - Blacksburg, Virginia

Invited Speakers

Brian Fiacco, author of The Timberland Blog
Topic: Relevance of tree improvement to changing land ownerships and objectives

Brian Fiacco authors The Timberland Blog (“Examining the changes in timberland ownership and what those changes might mean.”) which is widely read by industry analysts, institutional investors, TIMOs and the forest industry. He also owns Timberland Strategies LLC a consultancy focusing on the subjects of timberland valuation, sales, and resource analysis (including the evolving impact of woody biomass on wood demand). While employed with MWV he was responsible for timberland acquisition, developing appraisal systems, development of wood supply plans, monitoring global fiber supplies and later served as VP of The Forest Technology Group and MWV’s real estate development subsidiary. He owns and manages Tree Farms in NY and SC.

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Tim Tschaplinski, Distinguished Research Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Topic: Accelerated domestication of Populus for bioenergy production and enhanced C sequestration

Dr. Tim Tschaplinski is a plant physiologist/biochemist specializing in bioenergy crop production, environmental stress physiology, and metabolic characterization of genetically-modified organisms by mass spectrometry. He received his B.Sc. in Biology from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Forestry from the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada. After completing his PhD in 1987, he began a Postdoctoral Research Associate position at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and was later hired as a Research Staff Member in 1990. He has worked in biomass feedstock crop development for 25 years and is currently a Distinguished Research Staff Member in the Environmental Sciences Division, and serves as the lead scientist in Metabolomics in the newly-funded Bioenergy Science Center and for ORNL.


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