UBC Faculty of Forestry congratulates wood science professors Dr Shawn Mansfield and Dr Scott Renneckar for being honored by the International Academy of Wood Science (IAWS).
Dr Mansfield, a long-time Fellow of IAWS, has been elected to their Board, and will be serving the next six-year term. An award-winning molecular biologist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Dr Mansfield was chosen for his many contributions to the IAWS and his award-winning career achievements. He is a Professor of Wood Biotechnology and Fibre Quality with the Wood Science Department and runs the Faculty’s Tree Molecular Biology Research. Dr Mansfield’s areas of research include tree biotechnology, plant and tree cell wall biochemistry, cellulose and lignin biosynthesis, lignocellulosic chemistry and ultrastructure as it relates to wood quality, fibre morphology, and chemistry as related to the formation and properties of paper and enzyme applications in the pulp and paper industry.
Dr Scott Renneckar has been appointed as a Fellow of the IAWS. Recognized for his many contributions to the field of wood science, Dr Renneckar was selected by a committee of researchers from around the world and can now be counted among a select group of UBC wood science IAWS fellows. He is the Canada Research Chair and Professor of Advanced Renewable Materials and the Faculty’s Forest Bio-economy Sciences and Technology Program Director in the Wood Science Department. His research group’s goal is to study the chemistry of natural materials for the design, manufacturing, and engineering of the built environment. It provides increased value to the forest products and agricultural industries through differentiation of biomass into new products, like bioplastics, films, and high-performance carbon fibers, while reducing dependence on fossil-based carbon for materials.
About International Academy of Wood Science
The International Academy of Wood Science is a non-profit assembly of wood scientists, recognizing all fields of wood science and technology.