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close this bookCalliandra: a Versatile Tree for the Humid Tropics (1983) (BOSTID, 1983, 52 p.)
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Biographical Sketches of Panel Members

FRANCOlS MERGEN, Pinchot Professor of Forestry and Professor of Forest Genetics, Yale University, was Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale during 1965-1975. He received his B.A. from Luxembourg College and B.Sc.F. from the University of New Brunswick in 1950 and his M.F. in ecology in 1951 and Ph.D. (forest genetics) in 1954 from Yale. He is especially knowledgeable about francophone Africa and was chairman of the Sahel program of the Board on Science and Technology for International Development and a member of the Advisory Committee on Technology Innovation. He was research collaborator at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, 1960-1965. He was the recipient of the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Biological Research by the Society of American Foresters in 1966 and was Distinguished Professor (Fulbright-Hays Program) in Yugoslavia, 1975. Before joining the Yale faculty, Dr. Mergen served as project leader in forest genetics for the U.S. Forest Service in Florida. He has served as a consultant to FAO, foreign governments, and private forestry companies and has traveled extensively in the tropical countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

CHARLES HODGES is Chief Plant Pathologist and Director of the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Honolulu, Hawaii. He received his B.S. (1952) in forestry and M.S. (1954) in forest pathology from the University of Idaho and Ph.D. (1958) in mycology from the University of Georgia. His entire career has been spent with the U.S. Forest Service where he has worked in forest management of national forests and conducted research in the areas of pine management, nursery management, mycology, and pathology. During 1973-1975 he was on special assignment to FAO in Brazil to determine the major forest tree diseases in that country and to help establish a forest pathology research program within the Brazilian Forest Service. He has worked as a consultant in forest pathology to several South American countries and has traveled widely in the American, Pacific Island, and Southeast Asian tropics. He has collaborated in several projects in Eastern Europe and is active in international forestry and plant pathology organizations.

D. I. NICHOLSON is Forest Research Officer with the Department of Forestry, Atherton, Queensland. He received his education at Sydney University and the Australian Forestry School, Canberra, from which he was graduated in 1949. He worked with the Australian Forestry and Timber Bureau, Canberra, until 1954 on general silvicultural research and tree breeding. He then joined the Overseas Civil Service and spent I year in East Africa before joining the Forest Department in Sabah, where he worked on silvicultural and ecological research, chiefly in relation to regeneration of tropical highland forests after logging. He joined the Queensland Department of Forestry in 1965 and has worked on rainforest silviculture and management as well as with plantation species and tree breeding. He spent two periods with FAO (1968-1969 and 1978) on management of Southeast Asian dipterocarp forests.

HUGH L. POPENOE is Professor of Soils, Agronomy, Botany, and Geography and Director of the Center for Tropical Agriculture and International Programs (Agriculture) at the University of Florida. He received his B.S. from the University of California, Davis, in 1951, and his Ph.D. in soils from the University of Florida in 1960. His principal research interest has been in the area of tropical agriculture and land use. His early work in shifting cultivation is one of the few contributions to knowledge of this system. He has traveled and worked in most of the countries in the tropical areas of Latin America, Asia, and Africa. He is past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Escuela Agricola Panamericana in Honduras, Visiting Lecturer on Tropical Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society of Agronomy, the American Geographical Society, and the International Soils Science Society. He is Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Technology Innovation and a member of the Board on Science and Technology for International Development.

K. FREERK WlERSUM is staff member of the Forestry Institute "Hinkeloord," Wageningen Agricultural University, The Netherlands, where he worked first at the Department of Silviculture and is now at the Department of Forest Management. He completed his ingenieurs degree (M.Sc. equivalent) in tropical forest ecology and silviculture at Wageningen University in 1973 after having done field work in Surinam, Costa Rica, and Spain. After graduation he worked for 6 years in Indonesia, first in a UNDP/FAO watershed management project in Central Java, and then joined the Hinkeloord Forestry Institute where he was seconded to the Institute of Ecology, Padjadjaran University, at Bandung. He was also a guest lecturer at the forestry faculty of the Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta. During this period he worked on aspects of watershed management, agroforestry, and forest ecology. In Wageningen he continued studying aspects of agroforestry, fuelwood problems, and strategies for afforestation.

NOEL D. VIETMEYER, staff officer for this study, is Professional Associate of the Board on Science and Technology for International Development. A New Zealander with a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, he now works on innovations in science that are important for developing countries.