Seymour received a Pew Fellowship with Dr. Malcolm (Mac) Hunter as a collaborative team. Their project developed and promoted methods for maintaining biodiversity in forest ecosystems, specifically strategies to encourage landowners, especially private forest owners, to make their land management practices more consistent with conservation of biodiversity.
Their efforts resulted in two books, one global in scope and one focusing on privately owned forests in Northeastern North America. Maintaining Biodiversity in Forest Ecosystems is an edited volume of chapters written by 32 experts in forest ecology from 11 countries, including 1991 Pew Fellow Connie Millar. Practicing Ecological Forestry: Sustaining Biological Diversity and Wood Production in the Northeast, translates many of the broad principles of sustainable forestry to applications on the ground using northeastern North America as a case study.
Seymour and Hunter utilized their research and writing to support sound conservation management by participating in regional policy initiatives on sustainable forest management, including the Maine Forest Biodiversity Project and a sustainable forestry round table in New Hampshire. These projects provide a forum for members of the region's forest industry, environmental community, academics and state agencies to help formulate voluntary and regulatory policies for implementing sustainable forest practices.
Robert Seymour's current research interests include the modeling of forest canopy structure and stemwood growth as well as silvicultural systems for northeast species, and the growth and development of mixed-species stands. He has a strong desire to improve the way forestry is practiced, and he attempts to bridge the large gap between traditional advocates of "old forestry" and environmentalists to effect a "win-win" outcome. He also devotes time to the "green certification" movement within forestry, based on both ecological and socio-economic principles.
Ph.D., Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
1980: Silviculture, Connecticut, USA
Master of Forestry, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
1976: Forest Management, Connecticut, USA
Bachelor of Science, Ohio State University
1974: Forestry, Ohio, USA
KEY LEADERSHIP POSITIONS
Audubon Society, Maine Chapter, Industrial-Environmental Forum
Baxter Park Scientific Forest Management Area, Advisory Committee
Society of American Foresters, Maine Division, Task Force on Forest Practices
Northern Journal of Applied Forestry
KEY AWARDS & HONORS
1995: Pew Fellows Program in Conservation and the Environment
The Nature Conservancy
Conservator and Volunteer Consultant