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The Society of American Foresters is honoring two faculty members from the School of Forestry and Wood Products for their research achievements.

Professor Kurt Pregitzer will receive the society?s Barrington Moore Memorial Award. The national award recognizes outstanding achievement in biological research leading to the advancement of forestry.

Vice President for Research David Reed, who is also on the forestry faculty, will receive the society?s Award in Forest Science, which recognizes distinguished individual research in any branch of the quantitative, managerial and/or social sciences leading to the advancement of forestry.

"I believe this is the first time any Michigan Tech scientist has been recognized by the society for their research, and this may be the first time SAF has recognized two people from the same organization except for, perhaps, the Forest Service," said Glenn Mroz, dean of the School of Forestry and Wood Products. "It speaks volumes to the high level of scholarship, leadership and energy both have shown in the forest science research community.

?But it also speaks about the commitment of their research colleagues, the University and the many organizations and friends who support their efforts and the School itself."

Reed's work in forest science represents a balance of theoretical and applied research. He has authored or coauthored more than 120 technical publications, has served on more than 100 graduate committees and has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on 39 funded projects. Throughout his career, he has researched southern pine beetles; the development of tree volume; taper and biomass estimation systems, growth and yield modeling; and the development and use of models to detect the often-subtle environmental effects on stand development.

Through this work, Reed has influenced a broad spectrum of managers and scientists ranging from students to well-established forest science researchers. Reed has performed international work as a Fulbright Scholar in Portugal and other work abroad, most notably in Finland, the Baltics, Poland and Russia. In recognition for this work, he was awarded the Scientific Achievement Award from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations in 2000.

A productive researcher and internationally recognized scholar, Pregitzer's work has yielded great strides in the understanding of the belowground processes that sustain forest productivity. Pregitzer has pioneered approaches for studying the fine root systems of trees. Those approaches are widely used by researchers throughout the world.

Pregitzer has also made substantial contributions to the understanding of climate change on forest ecosystems.

Pregitzer's career of more than two decades features appointments with the USDA Forest Service's North Central Research Station, Michigan State University and the University of Idaho. Pregitzer earned his bachelor's, master's, and PhD degrees in forest ecology from the University of Michigan and is a research fellow at the Hessen Forestry Research Institute in Germany.

Pregitzer and Reed will be recognized along with other national award winners at a special Oct. 7 ceremony at the 2002 SAF National Convention in Winston-Salem, N.C.

For information about the SAF national awards, visit the SAF Web site at http://www.safnet.org/who/nationalawards.html

The Society of American Foresters is a nonprofit organization that represents more than 17,000 professional foresters and natural resource professionals. It is the scientific and educational association representing the profession of forestry in the United States. The Society's primary objective is to advance the science, technology, education and practice of professional forestry for the benefit of society.

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