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2024 Spring Seminar Series – David MacFarlane

March 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

The 2024 Spring Seminar Series will feature David MacFarlane, director of the Institute for Ecology and Human Well-Being and professor of forest measurements and modeling at Michigan State University. Dr. MacFarlane will give a presentation titled “Beyond the bounding box of the bole: building better biometrics by bringing in branches and bark” on Wednesday, March 20, at 11 a.m. in Room 2217 of the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment Building located at 602 Duncan Drive, Auburn, AL.

Dr. MacFarlane is hosted by Dr. Georgios Arseniou, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment. MacFarlane will provide a fundamental comprehension of the roles branches and bark serve in whole-tree structure and function. His presentation aims to enlighten attendees about tree growth, survival, and value as it relates to the quantification of wood in the merchantable bole.

Dr. MacFarlane represents more than two decades of experience researching forest measurements in local and regional scales. He focuses on the development of tree measurement methods and new approaches to modeling forests. Some of MacFarlane’s recent work includes the improvement of national forest carbon inventories in the United States and Brazil as they influence climate change. Also, he concentrates on human well-being and how forests provide ecological services while developing biologically motivated models of tree structure and function.

Faculty, students, and the public are invited to attend this program. Advanced registration is not required. Refreshments will be available after the seminar. Parking is available on the third and fourth floors in the South Quad Parking Deck across from the CFWE Building on Duncan Drive. To receive announcements about future seminars, download the 2024 Spring Seminar Calendar or request to join our email list at

Contact the seminar host or Robert Gitzen at if you would like to attend via Zoom or access a recorded version of the seminar.


March 20
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment Building, Room 2217
Auburn University, AL 36849-0001 United States
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