News Release

Forest Service Scientist Elected President of International Ecological Organization

April 15, 2008

Asheville, NCDr. Ge Sun, research hydrologist with the Forest Service's Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center (EFETAC), was recently elected president of Sino-Ecologists Association Overseas (Sino-Eco) for its 2008-2010 term. Sun will assume presidential responsibilities May 1, 2008.

Sun, who conducts forest hydrological research with EFETAC's Southern Global Change Program in Raleigh, says of this new role, "I am honored to have been selected president of Sino-Eco, whose scientists make significant contributions to research efforts around the world. I will work to continue the organization’s commitment to enhance global collaborations in ecological research and communications among Chinese ecologists."

EFETAC Director Dr. Danny C. Lee encourages Sun's Sino-Eco involvement. "Ge is a top-notch scientist whose experience in ecosystem sciences and international cooperative research projects will benefit Sino-Eco considerably." This is also an excellent opportunity for the Forest Service to engage further with other university and government scientists to advance global ecological research."

Sino-Eco is a non-profit academic organization established in 1988 to encourage exchange of ideas and knowledge among Chinese ecologists in China and around the world. The organization promotes development of ecology and related sciences through mutual understanding and cooperation. Since inception, Sino-Eco and its members have organized numerous symposia, seminars, workshops, conferences, and publications. Additional information can be found at

EFETAC is a joint effort of the Forest Service’s Research and Development, the National Forest System, and State and Private Forestry. The Center actively develops new technology and tools to anticipate and respond to emerging forest threats. Headquartered with the Southern Research Station in Asheville, NC, the Center also has an office in Research Triangle Park, NC.

For additional information, please contact Ge Sun at (919) 515-9498, by email at, or visit