Overview of Environmental Applications of Poplar and Willow: Future Opportunities and Challenges
April 11th, 2016 | Monday Evening Keynote 6:00 to 7:30 PM
Phytoremediation: A Reality Check
April 12th, 2016 | Session II 10:30 to 11:45
J. G. Isebrands (Jud) is a native of the state of Iowa, USA and a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in Forestry and PhD in Forest Science. He was a former project scientist, project leader and program manager with the US Forest Service Research Division where he worked on poplar physiology and genetics, short rotation poplars and willows for wood and energy, and climate change. He completed a sabbatical at the University of Washington, Seattle where he worked a number of years with a team of scientists on improving poplar clones for short rotation culture. He also served as an adjunct faculty member of several American forestry schools including Iowa State University, Michigan State University, Michigan Tech University, University of Florida and University of Minnesota. He has over 200 publications on poplars and willows, including co-editor of the recent FAO book on Poplars and Willows. He is the President and founder of Environmental Forestry Consultants, LLC in New London, Wisconsin, USA. The company specializes in phytoremediation and short rotation forestry projects with poplars and willows. He is currently on the Executive Committee of the International Poplar Commission of the FAO having served for 15 years including over 10 years as Vice Chairman. He and his wife Sharon O’Leary live on a small farm near New London, Wisconsin, USA.