Forest Pathology

The mission of the Forest Pathology Committee is to raise awareness and promote research and knowledge in the discipline of forest pathology. The Committee is composed of APS members interested in issues related to tree diseases and tree-microbe interactions, including those associated with biotic and abiotic stressors affecting urban, managed, and unmanaged forests. The approaches and perspectives of forest pathology are unique because of the lifespan of the host, the dynamic nature of forest stands, and the complex interactions within diverse forest ecosystems. Long-term growth and production periods as well as high biodiversity promote a broad range of values, such as those associated with the production of wood related products, timber, and non timber renewable resources; those related to the economic, societal, and cultural importance of forests for people inhabiting them; those stemming from recreation opportunities and ecosystem services forests provide; and, finally, those intrinsically associated with forests independent of any human benefit or use. The Committee achieves its mission by providing a forum for discussions on current issues, networking opportunities, as well as promoting the organization and/or sponsoring of symposia, special sessions, discussions, field trips and workshops at Annual APS Meetings and other professional meetings. The Committee also serves as a liaison between the APS and other scientific societies, government agencies and industry personnel in regards to forest pathology issues. In 2004, the Committee established the Forest Pathology Student Travel Award to support and encourage the participation of exceptional forest pathology students at Annual APS Meetings.

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Olga KozharColorado State UniversityChair8/11/20228/12/2023PD230890
Shannon Colleen Lynch, Assistant ProfessorState University of New York College of Environmental Science and ForestryVice Chair8/11/20228/12/2023PD263668
Sydney E. EverhartUniversity of ConnecticutCouncil Liaison - Ex Officio8/7/20217/31/2024M201558
Geoffrey M. WilliamsUS Forest Service Internatinal ProgramsImmediate Past Chair8/11/20228/12/2023PD263344
Shahin AliATCCMember6/20/20227/31/2024M276143
Madeline AnthonyMichigan State UniversityMember8/8/20228/1/2025ST277660
David N. AppelTexas A&M UniversityMember5/1/20227/31/2024M024720
Clarissa J. BalbalianMississippi State UniversityMember8/8/20198/1/2025M085291
Patrick BennettUSDA Forest ServiceMember3/15/20218/1/2023PD266383
Shaheen BibiPennsylvania State UniversityMember7/25/20228/1/2025PD242303
Guillaume J. BilodeauCanadian Food Inspection AgencyMember7/29/20217/31/2024M183812
Pierluigi BonelloDepartment of Plant Pathology, The Ohio State UniversityMember8/14/20148/1/2023M157020
Danielle BowmanDelaware Valley UniversityMember8/8/20228/1/2025PD276253
Pragyan BurlakotiBC Ministry of Agriculture & FoodMember7/19/20228/1/2025M276912
Christy ChristianUniversity of Idaho - Idaho Falls Res & Ext CtrMember7/16/20218/1/2023ST260284
Susan D. CohenCenter for Regulatory Research LLCMember8/13/20208/1/2023M026462
Anna O. ConradUSDA Forest ServiceMember8/13/20208/1/2023M213293
Tyler J. DreadenUSDA FSMember8/15/20178/1/2023M201594
Susan J. FrankelUSDA FS Pacific Southwest Res StationMember8/13/20208/1/2023M027939
Romina GazisUniversity of FloridaMember7/25/20228/1/2025M248455