A PENRITH forestry expert has been appointed an Honorary Professor by the University of Toronto in Canada.
Ted Wilson, 51, Director of Silviculture Research International, King Street, said he was both “delighted and overwhelmed” by the accolade from the body’s world-renowned Faculty of Forestry.
“It is a wonderful opportunity to contribute to forest science and conservation, both in Canada, the UK and the rest of the world,” he said.
“The Faculty of Forestry at Toronto enjoys a global reputation for research and I will be developing new collaborations with colleagues and students studying there.”
The prestigious appointment recognises Ted’s credentials in an international field where he is considered a big hitter.
He has over 30 years’ experience as a forest manager, researcher and educator, is a specialist in silviculture and undertakes research in tree biology, forest regeneration and the management of multi-aged forest stands.
Ted is also a highly-published researcher and commentator on forestry and forest conservation and a multi-award winner for his work both in Canada and the United Kingdom.
He remains active as a teacher and supervisor of research projects, and is a member of the steering committee for the Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award, which provides work placements for highly motivated forestry students in both Canada and the UK.
Ted also contributes to a number of national and international forestry organisations, and serves as a member of several committees advising the UK government and the European Union on forest conservation.
Commenting further on his appointment, Ted said: “It is still early days but I am already looking forward to the possibility of students coming to work with me in the UK.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to share ideas, develop new partnerships and help tackle global challenges in sustainable forestry and forest conservation.”
At Toronto, he will undertake a range of duties related to undergraduate and postgraduate training in silviculture, including teaching, field-based training, research, as well as organising advanced practitioner workshops and conferences.
In addition, Ted has been appointed as an Associate Member of the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto, where he will contribute to postgraduate supervision and examinations. He will remain based in Penrith, Cumbria and travel to Toronto as required.
The University of Toronto is one of Canada’s leading universities – a top twenty global institution – and the Faculty of Forestry is Canada’s oldest forestry school, founded in 1907.
The Faculty is responsible for many scientific breakthroughs and achievements in forestry and forest conservation, and remains a major international centre for education and training. The faculty is currently developing a number of new programmes to further enhance its global reach.
Ted organised a massively successful forestry conference in Cumbria this summer attended by the Prince of Wales’s own Head Forester.