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Sustaining Forest Ecosystems--a workshop managed by Forest Ecosystems

Forests include a great variety of ecosystems where plants and animals interact with their physical environment. The challenge is to sustain their ability to function, to adapt changing climates, and to satisfy a variety of human needs. This workshop, presented online during the COVID 19 pandemia, complements textbooks and standard teaching syllabi. In each of the following nine remote sessions, we will provide 3–5 published papers, a dataset with R code, a 30min pptx (live or narrated and available for download), and a 15–30min spontaneous discussion among the 20 active participants.

Schedule of the workshop (PDF version):

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Our aim is a) to facilitate access to some key areas of forest ecological research, and b) to present a coherent set of methods for sustaining forests where humans are an integral and essential part of ecosystems. Scientific publishing is big business. The dominance of the English language in the scientific community conveys an advantage to scientists from English-speaking countries, and a marginalization of the non-English speaking world of science. We will address this deficit by including a contribution on scientific writing and publishing.

Introduction of the presenters:

Dr. Chunyu Zhang is a professor of Forest Ecology and Management at the Beijing Forestry University. His research is focused on ecological and biogeographic processes that generate specific forest patterns and functions.

Dr. Juan Gabriel Álvarez González is a professor of Biometry at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. His research interest is focused on the improvement and integration of forest models into forest simulators suitable for different spatial levels: tree, stand, management area, landscape, region and country.

Dr. Xinlian Liang is a senior research scientist and a team leader at the Department of Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry at the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute and the Centre of Excellence in Laser Scanning Research of the Academy of Finland.

Dr. Timo Pukkala is a professor of Forest Management Planning at the University of Eastern Finland. He has been teaching Forest Management Planning for 30 years.

Dr. Klaus von Gadow is a retired professor at the Georg-August-University in Göttingen, Germany. His main research interest is how to sustain forest resilience in times of change.

There will be at least twenty active attendees (AAs) from more than ten countries in the discussion. For more information, please contact Ms. Huang Zhen (

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