Jeffrey S. Ward, Ph.D., received his BS (forest biology) and MS (silviculture) at The Ohio State University, and after service in the Peace Corps (Guatemala), his PhD (forest ecology) at Purdue University. He has been in the Department of Forestry & Horticulture at The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station since 1987 and is currently the Chief Scientist. His research has focused on long-term population dynamics in unmanaged forests, alternative forest management practices, control and impact of invasive species, the impact of deer damage, forest health indicators, and composition of the urban forest. He is Secretary of National SAF Silviculture Working Group, Past-Chair of Yankee Division, Society of American Foresters (SAF), secretary of the CT Tree Protection Examination Board, appointed member of the CT Invasive Plant Council, and a science advisor for Audubon CT. He has served as Chair and Forest Science Coordinator for New England SAF, and as president of the CT Tree Protective Association. He has served on the Governor’s Council for Agricultural Development, CT Urban Forest Council, CT State Vegetation Management Task Force and the CT Endangered Species Committee.