KEYNOTE SPEAKERS 

LATEST COOPERATIVE STEPS ON TAPPING ACTIVITY RESEARCH :  GOING DEEPER IN TREE FUNCTIONING

Dr. Aida Rodríguez García

Forest Genetics and Physiology Research Group at Technical University of Madrid

 

Dr. Aida Rodriguez Garcia is a post-doctoral researcher in the Forest Genetics and Physiology Research Group at Technical University of Madrid where she completed her PhD thesis in April 2016. Her dissertation studies have been published in different scientific journals over the last 5 years and are focused on the defense system of Pinus pinaster. These studies aim to understand the interactive effects of anatomical, histological, and environmental factors on resin yield. Specifically, they try to stablish how the knowledge of tree structure and function can be applied to improve the tapping techniques.

Currently she is undertaking a post-doctoral stay at the Laboratory of Plant Ecology in the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at Ghent University, Belgium. This laboratory is specialized in measuring plant responses and their environment using plant sensors to measure transpiration and growth, to monitor plant health and enabling fast plant stress detection. We are convinced that this knowledge will help to build new sustainable and environmentally-friendly strategies to manage the tapping of pine forests for resin extraction.

 


EMERGING PRACTICES OF CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN THE PINE CHEMICALS INDUSTRY

Shaun Paul

Ejido Verde

Shaun Paul leads Ejido Verde,  a Mexican regenerative forestry company that is a commercial partnership between Mexican forest communities and pine chemicals companies to plant 12 million native pine trees for resin to be tapped by independent farmers and transformed by industry into derivatives sold into established markets with diverse industries globally. Shaun has twenty-five years of professional and leadership experience in social finance, philanthropy, impact investing creating regenerative business solutions for people and planet. He has extensive experience working with rural and indigenous communities in Latin America, individual and institutional impact investors and donors furthering innovative approaches to building long-term value by expanding purpose-driven growth companies enhancing resilience at the nexus of ecosystem health, human well-being and culture.

 


P. elliottii AND TREE BREEDING IN THE SOUTHEAST

Josh Sherrill

Rayonier, Inc.

Mr. Josh Sherrill  currently leads the U.S. tree breeding programs for Rayonier, Inc.  His management of these intensive conifer breeding programs creates value through improvement of timber growth, log quality, and disease resistance through planting of genetically-improved seedlings on tens of thousands of acres per year.  Mr. Sherrill has been working since 2005 in all aspects of these programs including strategy, R&D, operational seed production, and deployment methods.  His other experiences at Rayonier include silviculture research, sales, timberland acquisitions, and business analyses.  He blends backgrounds of forest science and business with a B.S. and M.S. of Forestry from North Carolina State University and an M.B.A. from Colorado State University.