Penn State Adjunct Professor of Entomology, Sandy Liebhold, to Receive IUFRO Scientific Achievement Award 2010

Posted: May 17, 2010

Dr. Andrew M. "Sandy" Liebhold has been selected as a recipient of the IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organizations) Scientific Achievement Award 2010. The award consists of a medallion, a certificate, and travel to the IUFRO XXIII World Congress to be held in Seoul South Korea in August 2010 where the achievement award will be presented.

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations is a non-profit, non-governmental international network of forest scientists, which promotes global cooperation in forest-related research and enhances the understanding of the ecological, economic and social aspects of forests and trees.  It unites more than 15,000 scientists in almost 700 Member Organizations in over 110 countries, and recognizes up to ten scientists with this prestigious award at each of its World Congress' held every five years.  The purpose of the award is to recognize distinguished scientists who have excelled in the following areas:  outstanding research publications that advance regional or world forestry or forest research; dissemination of research results; implementation of knowledge, methods, or techniques in forestry; and involvement in IUFRO activities.

Dr. Liebhold was recognized for his research work in the areas of forest entomology, integrated pest management, spatial and temporal dynamics of forest insects, and in particular, invasion biology of non-native insects and diseases including application of landscape ecology principles to the invasion processes, modelling of invasion integrating population dynamics and spread, bioeconomics of invasion, and development of management programs for slowing the spread.  The USDA Forest Service gypsy moth slow-the-spread management program is based partly on Sandy's research work.

Dr. Liebhold received a Ph.D. in Entomology from University of California, Berkeley in 1984 and a B.S. in Biology from Allegheny College in 1978.  Sandy has been a Research Entomologist with USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Research Work Unit NRS-03 Ecology and Management of Invasive Species and Forest Ecosystems in Morgantown WV since March 1988.  Prior to that, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Entomology, University of Massachusetts, from May 1984 to March 1988.  He has authored or co-authored over 195 research papers and book chapters over his career.