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COSEWIC assessment and status report on the Butternut in Canada

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Biographical Summary of the Report Writers

Cathy Nielsen has a Bachelor of Science in Forestry, specializing in Tree Biology, from the Universityof New Brunswick. In 1981, she began work as a forester with the New Zealand Forest Service then continued as the owner/operator of a landscaping business in Alice Springs, Australia. Cathy worked for OMNR from 1984 to 2004 and was most recently the Forest Specialist with the Science and Information Section of OMNR in Kemptville. She established the Forest Gene Conservation Association, and continues to serve as technical advisor. She has been active since 1996 in the conservation of butternut in Ontario. Currently she is with the Habitat Conservation Division, Canadian Wildlife Service.

Marilyn Cherry has a Ph.D. in Forest Genetics from the University of British Columbia and a BScF in Tree Biology from the University of New Brunswick. She is a Registered Professional Forester (B.C.). Marilyn has previous experience working for government and industry, has worked as an independent contractor for various clients, and benefited from an exchange program where she worked in Germany with the Institute of Forest Genetics, University of Göttingen. She is currently the Assistant Director, Pacific Northwest Tree Improvement Research Co-op in Corvallis, Oregon.

Barb Boysen coordinates the program of the Forest Gene Conservation Association (FGCA), a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to conserving genetic diversity of tree and shrub species in southern Ontario, with members from government, forest industry and conservation groups. The FGCA made initial efforts to study butternut and the effects of the canker in 1992 with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Southern Ontario Forest Genetics Group. Most recently the FGCA initiated the formation of the Butternut Conservation Coalition to produce the status report and also develop and implement a butternut conservation strategy. Barb is a forester (Lakehead University, 1982) and has worked mainly in south-central Ontario on tree improvement, reforestation and conservation initiatives within the context of private land forest management.

Anthony Hopkin has a Ph.D. in plant pathology from the University of Manitoba. He has worked with forest diseases within the Canadian Forest Service for 13 years as part of the Forest Insect and Disease Survey. Tony has specialized and published in the area of hardwood declines and causes. He has also published on introduced diseases in Ontario including butternut canker.

John McLaughlin is the OMNR's Forest Research Pathologist, working out of the Ontario Forest Research Institute in Sault Ste. Marie. He holds a Master of Science degree in Forest Pathology from Lakehead University. He has conducted research in Ontario, British Columbia and Latvia and published on several pathology problems including root diseases, needle casts, and wood decay associated with logging damage and bark-stripping by moose. He has great interest in the impacts of non-native pathogens on Canadian tree species. John has collaborated on projects involving chestnut blight, beech bark disease, and white pine blister rust. He has experience working with endangered species. In March 2002, he completed a pathology survey and disease management analysis for the endangered red mulberry in southern Ontario. This study was conducted for the Parks Canada Species at Risk Program (Project #2001:SARRFII-10).

Tannis Beardmore has a Ph.D. in seed science from the University of Guelph. She has worked for the Canadian Forest Service for 9 years conducting research in the area of biodiversity and seed storage. A component of her research has focused on developing methods for preserving hard-to-store germplasm (e.g., butternut).


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