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Cedar Creek names managing director

Forest Isbell returns to Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve to support efforts to advance research and education.

Forest IsbellForest Isbell, who spent time at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve (CCESR) as a post-doctoral researcher, is CCESR's new managing director. In his new role he will collaborate with CCESR researchers on ongoing experiments, launch new experiments, coordinate the operations of the research station, and initiate a new hands-on research class for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students. As an adjunct member of the EEB faculty and as a member of the Ecology Graduate Program, Isbell will also advise and train graduate students.

“The ecosystems of Cedar Creek are as inspiring as the investigations taking place here,” says Isbell. “Local appreciation for this unique place, where nearly all of Minnesota’s ecosystems can be found, led to the establishment of Cedar Creek 75 years ago. It has since become world-renowned for the tremendous impact of its ecological research. I am thrilled to return to work at Cedar Creek!”

Isbell published a number of high-impact papers based on work he did while a post-doctoral researcher with Dr. David Tilman, director of CCESR, and Dr. Stephen Polasky. Before returning to CCESR, he held a faculty position at the University of Georgia.