The School of Forestry announced it has added six new faculty members to its ranks and plans to add four more.

Next year Lisa Curran and Hilary Sigman will be associate professors in the Forestry School, Kathleen McAfee and Benjamin Cashore will be assistant professors, Ann Camp will be a lecturer and Florencia Montagnini will assume a full professorship in tropical forestry.

“These new appointments are part of a broad effort by the school to substantially strengthen the faculty,” Forestry School Dean James Gustave Speth said.

Speth said the school is also actively recruiting four other facully in the areas of forestry, environmental management, ecosystem ecology, and energy-environment linkages.

Montagnini, who was appointed a full professor, has a doctorate from the University of Georgia and focuses on agroforestry and tropical forestry in Central and South America.

Curran, who has a doctorate in ecology and evolutionary biology from Princeton University, is a specialist in tropical ecology. Sigman, who works in environmental economics, graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a doctorate in economics.

McAfee has a doctorate in economic geography from the University of California at Berkeley, and researches biotechnology and intellectual property rights to genetic information and living organisms. Cashore, a former Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University, teaches forest policy and management.

Camp, a University of Washington doctorate in silviculture and forest protection, is an expert on Pacific Northwest forest stand dynamics.

–YDN Staff