Francesco Cortini is a MSc. Candidate in Forestry in the Department of Renewable Resources at University of Alberta (Edmonton). Francesco received his B.S. in Forestry and Environmental Science from the University of Florence (Italy). As a silviculture research assistant at the University of Alberta (2003-2004) he worked on several projects dealing with the growth and yield of mixedwood forest in response to various silviculture techniques.
For his Master’s thesis he worked on 2 projects on the effects that competing vegetation has on the growth of conifers species located in south-western BC and northern Alberta. One study explored the effects of red alder and paper birch competition on growth of young conifers such as Douglas-fir, western red cedar and western hemlock. The research area is located in the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest Installation of British Columbia in Maple Ridge. The second project took him in northern Alberta around Grande prairie where he explored the competitive effect of green alder and willow spp. on the growth of white spruce and lodgepole pine.
Recently, Francesco assisted Dr. Comeau in organizing the International forestry course (FOR 456), which was to consist of a 12 to 14 day field trip to a selected region in Italy. The students were expected to examine biophysical, social, historical and economic factors that influence management and practices, as well as explore the forests of Italy. The class did not go ahead this spring but Francesco’s input was invaluable. Francesco will defend his thesis at the end of May 07.
This article originally appeared in the Summer 2007 edition of the Landmark Newsletter.
Added: 18 October 2010