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Daniel Binkley

Colorado State University

Dan Binkley has worked on ecosystem ecology for over 30 years, blending applied and basic perspectives in his research and teaching.  Some of the applied perspectives have focused on sustaining the productivity of forests by sustaining soil fertility – and providing useful information in textbooks and courses for people who manage forests, and working with collaborative citizen groups on forest restoration at landscape scales.  His basic research perspectives include long-term changes in vegetation and soils (along rivers, with tree invasion of tundra as climate warms, and in common-garden experiments), and fundamental controls on ecosystem productivity over time (using plantations of Eucalyptus species in Hawaii and Brazil as model systems).  Dr. Binkley was a professor at Colorado State University for over 29 years, teaching courses on a wide range of topics in ecology and sustainable forestry.  He was the Director of CSU’s cross-campus Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, and the Director of the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute.  He has published over 150 journal articles and several books on forests and ecology.  Prior to CSU, Dr. Binkley spent 5 years as an assistant professor at Duke University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  He holds degrees from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (2008 Honorary Doctorate), Oregon State University (1982 PhD in forest ecology, with minors in soil science and botany), the University of British Columbia (1980 MSc. in forest ecology), and Northern Arizona University (1976 BSF in Forest Management).