Trees are magnificent organisms that have evolved very slowly over millions of years, making it hard for them to adapt to rapid changes in the environment. With climate change imminent, scientists estimate up to 25% of US forests will decline over the next three decades. In this film, four researchers ponder the question ”What can we do to help forests adapt to our changing planet?” The answer is, of course, not so straightforward, and leaves us thinking more deeply about the future of forest landscapes and how we can make them more resilient.
The Future of Forest is the first short film in a two-part series on forest health. The second short film, which we hope to release by the end of 2021, will explore the use of biotechnology as a tool for improving forest health.
Jason Delborne is Professor of Science, Policy, and Society and University Faculty Scholar at North Carolina State University. He teaches and conducts research at the intersection of environmental policy, biotechnology, and public engagement. He draws upon the highly interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies to explore how policymakers, stakeholders, and members of the public… Continue Reading
Doria Gordon is a lead senior scientist in the Office of the Chief Scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). In addition, she is a courtesy professor of biology at the University of Florida and a research associate at Archbold Biological Station near Lake Placid, Florida. Her research interests include forest restoration, fire ecology, and invasive… Continue Reading
Sofia Valenzuela Aguila is Professor of Forest Genomics at the University of Concepción, Chile. Her research interests include forest genomics, transgenic plants, biotechnology, and biosafety. She is also an avid writer who publishes opinion columns about these issues every two weeks in the Diario El Sur. Valenzuela Aguila received a biochemistry degree from the University… Continue Reading
Jack Wang is Assistant Professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources and Director of the Forest Biotech group at North Carolina State University. He is also co-founder of TreeCo, a company that uses CRISPR-based genome-editing tools to produce genetically enhanced trees for the lumber industry. He is a forestry scientist with research experience… Continue Reading