CORVALLIS, Ore. - Doug Maguire, a leader in research on growing trees in Pacific Northwest forests, has been appointed the first holder of the N.B. and Jacqueline Giustina Professorship in Forest Management in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University.

This endowed professorship was established in 2008 by a $3 million gift from Jacqueline Giustina and the estate of her husband, the late N.B. "Nat" Giustina. A 1941 OSU graduate, Giustina was a long-time volunteer and supporter of OSU, including serving more than 25 years on the OSU Foundation Board. The Giustina family has been deeply connected to Oregon's timber history, and Nat Giustina led the Eugene-based family timber and wood products business for many years.

The Giustina Professor is a position designed to provide leadership in teaching, research and outreach that supports the sustainable management of planted forests for a broad suite of management goals and a vibrant forest-based economy for Oregon.

Maguire, who serves as director of the Center for Intensive Planted-forest Silviculture at OSU, is an expert on growing and managing planted forests in the Douglas-fir region. His research has focused on the interactive effects of genetics, silviculture, protection, competition, nutrition and soils on the productivity, health and sustainability of intensively managed, planted forests. He received his doctorate from OSU in 1986.

"Doug Maguire is one of our strongest and most respected faculty members," said Darius Adams, interim head of the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management. "He has a solid international reputation as a quantitative silviculturist and is widely sought after as a research collaborator. He is a thoughtful and effective mentor, as a major professor for graduate students and as an undergraduate teacher and adviser."

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