On April 19, Jim Guldin, project leader of the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) Southern Pine Ecology and Management unit, was recognized as one of four recipients of the 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award from the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) Forest Resources Alumni Group.
The Penn State Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, which houses the former School of Forest Resources, created the Outstanding Alumni Award in 2000 to recognize alumni and to foster closer relationships between award recipients and students, faculty, staff and alumni of the Department. Dr. Mike Messina, head of the Department, honored Guldin for his “professional achievements, service to his profession and community and his high personal and professional standards.”
Guldin graduated from the Penn State Forest Science program in 1975, and then earned a M.F.S in silviculture from Yale University in 1977, and a Ph.D. in silviculture and quantitative ecology from the University of Wisconsin in 1982.
After teaching for 10 years at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, Guldin became a research scientist with SRS and is now project leader of the southern pines unit. Silvicultural practices for managing naturally regenerated southern pine stands continue to interest Guldin, who is internationally recognized for his work on uneven-aged management of southern pine stands. Guldin supervises and participates in the preeminent program of science delivery and training in southern pine silviculture at the Crossett Experimental Forest (the Crossett), which recently celebrated 75 years of research. Read a recent CompassLive story on the Crossett by Guldin.
Guldin also coordinates the Southern Pine Module of the National Advanced Silviculture Program for the Forest Service, which agency field foresters must take for silviculture certification. With his longtime friend and colleague, Bob Seymour, who is Curtis Hutchins Professor of Forest Resources at the University of Maine, Guldin is co-program chair for the 2013 Society of American Foresters National Convention to be held this fall in Charleston, South Carolina, featuring the theme, “Silviculture Matters.”