July 2018

MEDFOR Alumni at the 24th COFO - Committee on Forestry - at FAO

Congratulations to our Alumni, Nathalia Cardoso and Asaf Karavani who participated in the 24th COFO (Committee on Forestry) in the FAO Headquarters in Rome, from the 6th to the 20 of July 2018.

Nathalia is currently working for FAO as a consultant in the Forest Governance and Economics team. She is based in the FAO Headquarters in Rome and recently came back from a professional mission in Mozambique and was assisting her team in the organization of their side events during COFO.

Asaf is currently Coordinator for Research and Foreign Relations in the Israeli Forest Service (KKL-JNF), and was one the two official delegates of Israel to be sent to COFO. He participated in the high level discussions and official sessions of COFO, where he delivered the Israeli statement of endorsing the Agadir Commitment.

They were really happy to meet 2 years after graduation and in such an Event!

Students' Defense

Congratulations to our students, Daniel Hagos Berhe, Danilo Reis Gonçalves, Koffi Dodji Noumonvi and Susana Dreveck who defender their thesis this month.

Daniel Hagos Berhe: Feasibility of NIR Spectroscopy in Classifying Pine Nut Species

Danilo Reis Gonçalves. Next generation sequencing (NGS) and quantitative PCR (qPCR) as tools to detect Fusarium circinatum in different pine species

Koffi Dodji Noumonvi. Estimation of carbon fluxes from eddy covariance data and satellite-derived vegetation indices in a karst grassland

Susana Dreveck: Leaf morphology characteristics of tree species for particulate matter deposition in an industrial city of central italy

Daniel Hagos and Susana Dreveck defended their thesis in the University of Tuscia.

Danilo Gonçalves defended his thesis in the University of Valladolid:

Koffi Noumonvi defended his thesis in the University of Lisbon:

Student's Internship

Our student Eric Cudjoe has recently started an internship at University of Washington.

In his own words;

"The internship so far is designed as a field-intensive training in many aspects of forest management and planning. The largest portion of my time is measuring a set of permanent forest inventory plots. I then use the data to calculate forest growth and yield, build a stand database and landscape-level stand portfolio that are used in managing the forest and in research. The internship also focuses on day-to-day aspects of forest operations and becoming familiar with trail maintenance, timber cruising, GIS, weeding and pre-commercial thinning treatments, invasive species management, and been exposed to timber operations and wood processing. I am also assisting with several research projects and gaining experience in conducting field research. This internship training is acutely giving me a first-hand exposure to fieldwork experience in the real world and developing my professional experience as a future Forester and Natural Resource Manager. This internship opportunity is indeed, a dream come true for me. I am looking forward to learning a lot of skills in the weeks ahead of me. A big thanks to you all for making this possible. Muito Obrigado! "