Forestry Professor Tom Fox, who was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship at the Pontificia universidad Catolica de Chile in Santiago, Chile, spent the fall 2010 semester working with colleagues at the university’s Center for Climate Change on a research project that compared carbon dynamics and carbon sequestration in tree plantations and native forests in Chile. He also taught a graduate class in biogeochemistry and forest soils while working with members of the Forest Productivity Cooperative to improve the productivity, profitability, and sustainability of plantation forestry.

Janaki Alavalapati, head of the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, said, “Dr. Fox’s Fulbright Scholarship, the first for a faculty member in the department, not only enhances his research and teaching skills in a cross-cultural setting, but also strengthens the department’s and the college’s collaborative opportunities in teaching, discovery, and engagement with the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, the Universidad de Concepción, and the Universidad Austral de Chile.

Fulbright Scholars have the opportunity to observe other political, economic, educational, and cultural institutions to exchange ideas and enhance the general welfare of the world. Award recipients are evaluated on academic or professional achievement and leadership potential, and strive to promote mutual understanding and respect between the United States and other countries.