SAF2020 Student Poster and Presentation Award Winners

November 24, 2020

At the 2020 SAF National Convention, six students were recognized for their outstanding research presentation or poster. The SAF Forest Science and Technology Board instituted the Student Poster Awards at the 2002 national convention and the Student Presentation Awards at the 2009 convention, both of which are intended to encourage students to present their research that helps answer the questions that foresters ask every day.

In 2020, 25 posters and 44 presentations were eligible for the contest. All interested students who are the primary author and presenter are eligible for the award. The top three efforts are chosen in each category. Cash prizes are supported by generous donations to the Kurt Gottschalk Science Fund.

The SAF2020 Student Poster and Presentation winners are:

1st Place: Md Farhad Hossain Masum, University of Georgia
Replacing Georgia’s Coal-based Electricity with Biopower: An Environmental and Economic Assessment

2nd Place: Bernard Isaacson, Rutgers University
Landscape-Scale Evapotranspiration in the New Jersey Pinelands: Density, Disturbance, and Recovery

3rd Place: Alyssa Soucy, University of Maine 
Perceptions of Climate Change Adaptation among Forest Land Managers and Small Woodlot Owners

1st Place Tie: Lulu Peach, Northern Arizona University
Unraveling Drought Sensitivity via Dendroecological Investigation of Pinus strobiformis and P. flexilis Hybrid Individuals

1st Place Tie: Elsa Schwartz, Michigan Technological University
Impacts of Forest Tax Programs on Property Tax Rates in Wisconsin and Michigan

3rd Place: Alexander Curtze, The Pennsylvania State University 
Seeing Past the Green: Quantifying the Characteristics of High-graded Forests

The 2020 SAF National Convention was held October 29–31.  The convention program, From Metropolis to Wilderness: Foresters Rooted in Conservation, explored how we all play a critical role in fostering local and worldwide economies, vibrant communities, and thriving forests. In our world of shifting land use, changing markets, and external health pressures we all share a common role of responsible forest stewardship.

Congratulations to the student winners! Nice work!