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Atlantic Forest Research Collaborative

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Dr. Ted Needham, Executive Director

Dr. Ted Needham began his career teaching silviculture at UNB in 1987 after receiving a PhD in silviculture and forest soils from Virginia Tech. He served at chair of the Forest Engineering group for five years then became UNB’s Teaching and Learning Services Director and Dean of Renaissance College (UNB’s Faculty of Leadership). While serving as acting Dean for the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management (ForEM), Ted helped establish the AFRC and today, he’s pleased to be actively involved as its Executive Director.

When Ted first arrived at UNB from Virginia Tech to begin a career teaching silviculture and pursuing silvicultural research, he was in awe by the extent and diversity of Maritime forests and their importance to the region. At the time, spruce budworm had just finished ravaging the forest and all Maritime provinces were entering a new phase in forest management to address an impending softwood wood supply shortage, among other challenges. Federal and provincial governments were (and still are) invested in forest research ranging from tree improvement, artificial regeneration including nursery practices and establishment, site classification, spruce budworm dynamics and control, and forest level management planning tool development including GIS and optimization techniques. Since then, the scope of forestry issues has increased dramatically.

Ted has seen first-hand how various public and private organizations silo themselves from each other, despite a desire for collaboration. There’s a richness in resources and information, but these data aren’t shared among agencies as they could be. It’s not clear who is doing what things! In his vision for the AFRC, Ted conceived the collaborative as a resource to help professionals grew their knowledge base and network with other researchers, foresters, and resource managers. Providing accurate and credible information about forestry has always been a challenge, but the need for it is even greater today than before, and the AFRC looks to use our social networks to mobilize opportunities for cooperation and professional development.

Through collaborative research, effective communication, and high-level professional development, Ted is excited to lead the AFRC into its next phase of growth as Executive Director, to foster future activities and enhance the management of our forest lands.


Dani Godbout, Science Writer

Dani Godbout is a writer, blogger and independent researcher living and working in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. They identify as non-binary and use of they/them pronouns. Dani holds graduate degrees in English literature and comparative literature from York University (MA) and Western University (PhD), respectively.

As a content writer for Atlantic Forestry Research Collaborative (AFRC) and the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management at the University of New Brunswick (UNB), Dani’s writing for the AFRC seeks to convey academic research using a journalistic style in order to mobilize knowledge both for specialists and the general public. While not a natural resources specialist, Dani looks forward to learning more about the area from stakeholders at the AFRC and bringing more attention to their work.