Renewable Resources

Forest Industry Lecture Series

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Forest Industry Lecture

81st Forest Industry Lecture

Land-sparing or land-sharing for functional ecological infrastructure that sustains human well-being? Multiple Pan-European landscapes as a natural experiment design

Dr. Per Angelstam

Per is a researcher with a great interest in knowledge production, communication and public awareness, as well as in encouraging dialogue, extension and collaborative learning processes with and among stakeholders at multiple levels.

Per received his BSc in 1976 at the University of Lund, and finished his PhD in 1983 from Uppsala University, in the Department of Zoology. Per worked as director at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency’s research station Grimsö, and as senior researcher from 1992 to 2004 at the Departments of Wildlife Ecology, and later Conservation Biology, at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).

In 1998 Per received awards from Oregon State University and the “Scientific Achievement Award” from the International Union of Forest Research organisations (IUFRO). During 2000-2003 Per created and led a landscape ecology group at Örebro University and became an honorary professor in “Wildtbiologie” at the Universität für Bodenkultur in Vienna, Austria.

In 2004 he moved to SLU’s Faculty of Forest Sciences and its School for Forest Management and awarded the title professor at SLU in “forest and natural resource management” in 2005.

Per’s research focuses on studies of management and governance of landscapes as social- ecological systems, and its consequences at multiple spatial and temporal scales. To understand and bridge barriers for implementation of policies on sustainable development and sustainability in actual landscapes, transdisciplinary natural and human science studies have been initiated in a dozen landscape-scale case studies in Fennoscandia and several in central and eastern European countries as well as in Russia.

Per’s research has resulted in:

  • 160 peer-review articles,
  • 40 book chapters,
  • 80 conference articles,
  • 60 reports, and
  • 70 popular science publications.


March 7, 2019

Lecture – Free

Lister Conference Centre – Maple Leaf Room

3:00 P.M.

Poster Session starts at 1:30 PM


The Forest Industry Lecture Series (FILS) began and was developed as a collaborative event by members of the “forestry community” in Alberta to enrich the Forestry Program at the University of Alberta. The first Forestry class had enrolled in the fall of 1970, initiated as a Faculty program through the vision of Dr. Fenton MacHardy, then Dean of Agriculture. In 1975, Dr. Allan A. Warrack, then Minister of Lands and Forests in the new Peter Lougheed government, made an offer to Dean MacHardy, saying that he had done well in developing the forestry program, but students needed enrichment through speakers from outside who could bring in fresh insights. The offer was that his Department would match any outside funds the Faculty could raise to support a position or lecture series.

Several of the larger forest products companies in western Canada immediately responded and for two years, in 1975 and 1976, this new outside funding supported two visiting lecturers: Maxwell MacLaggan and Dr. Desmond I. Crossley whose expertise were respectively: forest industry, logging and forest products; silviculture and forest management.

In the meantime, Arden A. Rytz encouraged the sawmilling and plywood industries to add their support through the Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA), of which he had become executive director. Arden Rytz was a forester, graduating from UBC after wartime service in south-east Asia. This collaborative approach to shared funding has enabled this lecture series to achieve the level of success that it enjoys today.

The first designated Forest Industry Lecture was given in 1977 by the noted Canadian internationally respected forester Dr. Ross Silversides, who spoke on Industrial forestry in a changing Canada. The University and the Department of Renewable Resources in particular, deeply appreciates the support of its many sponsors.

Dr. Peter Murphy
Professor Emeritus