If thepublish or perishcliché is a reality, faculty members in West Virginia Universitys Division of Forestry and Natural Resources have nothing to worry about. They were ranked first in research publications per faculty member in a recent survey by the Journal of Forestry.
Results of the survey, published in the July/August 2006 issue of the journal, looked at research articles published in the five major publications of the disciplineForest Science, the Canadian Journal of Forest Research, Forest Ecology and Management, the Forest Products Journal and the Journal of Forest Engineering.
Survey authors David N. Laband and Daowei Zhang looked at faculty publication productivity of 53 forestry programs in Canada and the United States, including institutions such as Oregon State University, Virginia Tech, Yale University and University of CaliforniaBerkeley. WVU was ranked first in research publications per faculty member, followed by Virginia Tech in second and Louisiana State University in third.
Its very rewarding to see the faculty in WVU s forestry programs recognized in this way,said Joe McNeel, director of the division, an academic unit within the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences.We have an energetic, innovative group of researchers who are conducting vital research in their disciplines.
Faculty work in one of four subject areasforest resources management, recreation, parks and tourism resources, wildlife and fisheries resources, and wood science and technology.
Division faculty are currently conducting approximately $3.5 million in research, funded by public and private entities such as the USDA Forest Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Park Service, the WV Division of Forestry, WV Department of Natural Resources and the Mellon Foundation, among others.
The division is home to one of only 10 Centers for Wood Utilization Research in the United States. The Center, led by Dr. Jingxin Wang, associate professor of wood science and technology, conducts research aimed at promoting economic development in the regions wood products industry.
The Appalachian Hardwood Center, a collaborative effort of the Division and WVU Extension, provides educational and marketing resources to industry and private individuals. It is the premier provider of technology transfer from WVU forestry and natural resources researchers to West Virginias forest-based economy.
The division is also home to the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit, a collaborative effort with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Faculty in the wildlife and fisheries resources program collaborate with USFWS scholars on a range of projects that include habitat studies, environmental impact research and other issues.