The Rector of Warsaw University of Life Sciences
Professor dr hab. Michał Jerzy Zasada
Michał Jerzy Zasada was born on December 16, 1969 in Wrocław. In 1993, he graduated from the Faculty of Forestry of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, obtaining a Master's degree in forestry engineering. Immediately after graduation, he started working at the Department of Forest Productivity. He obtained a Doctoral Degree in forest sciences in 1998, a Postdoctoral Degree
in Forest Sciences in the field of forestry - forest management in 2008, and the title of Professor
of Forest Sciences in 2014.
While working at WULS-SGGW, he was, among others, the Dean of the Faculty of Forestry
(2008–2012), the Vice-Dean for Didactics (2005–2008), the Vice-Dean for Science (2012–2016), Associate Professor at the Independent Laboratory of Dendrometry and Science on Forest Productivity (from 2010) and its Head, Chairman of the Senate Committee for Teaching and Education (2008–2012). In 2009–2011 he was a member of the Scientific Advisory Team at the General Director of State Forests. In the 2011–2015 term, he was a member and Vice-Chairman of the Forest Sciences Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences. In the years 2012-2016, he was a member of the Scientific Council of the Forest Research Institute in Sękocin Stary. In the years 2013-2018, he was the financial auditor of the European Forest Institute (EFI). He was a member of the program boards of the journals "Folia Forestalia Polonica", "Open Forest Science Journal" and "Studies and Materials of the Nature and Forest Education Center in Rogów" (2008–2012).
Currently, he is a professor at the Department of Dendrometry and Science of Forest Productivity, a vice-president of the Committee for Cooperation of the International Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP), a member of the Committee for Forest Sciences and Wood Technology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (since 2016), a member of the Polish Forest Society, a member of the management board of CASEE - the ICA Regional Network for Central and South Eastern Europe and a member of the program board of the Austrian Journal of Forest Science.
In 2001-2004 ,he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at D.B. Warnell School of Forest and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia in the USA, focusing mainly on modeling the effects of changes in the economy and environment and their impact on changes in forest resources. In the years 2004-2012, he was an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Georgia.
Scientific interests of Professor Zasada focus mainly on issues related to dendrometry, science of forest productivity and forest management, especially modeling the growth of trees and stands, modern methods of forest measurement and the use of decision support systems in forest management planning. He is the author of over 120 scientific publications, including over 50 in journals with Impact Factor.
He was both the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator in research grants financed from national funds (Scientific Research Committee, National Science Center, National Center for Research and Development, Directorate General of State Forests) and international funds (7th Framework Program and Horizon 2020). As an expert, he participated in the evaluation of research projects financed by FP7 and COST. He was an expert in teaching projects financed by the Tempus program and the Norwegian funds, as well as an expert in the accreditation commission evaluating 3 universities in Kyrgyzstan. Currently, he is an expert evaluating institutional projects of the National Agency for Academic Exchange NAWA and a member of the Committee for Foreign Cooperation CRASP. He lectured at the S. Seifullin Kazakh Agrotechnical University in Astana and at the Georgian University of Agriculture in Tbilisi. He also conducted trainings in forest management for Georgian foresters.
He was a reviewer of articles in numerous national and international journals: “Forest Science”, “Journal of Forestry”, “Forest Ecology and Management”, “Annals of Forest Science”, “Canadian Journal of Forest Research”, “Silva Fennica”, “Sylwan”, “Biometrical Letters”, “Folia Forestalia Polonica”, “Annals of Geomatics”, “Remote Sensing of Environment”, and “Mathematical Biosciences”.
He was also a supervisor of 4 completed doctoral dissertations dealing with the issue of the impact of habitat conditions on the radial growth of Norway spruce in north-eastern Poland and the Baltic countries, the dendroecology of Schrenk’s spruce in Kyrgyzstan and the history, state and prospects of the introduction of Douglas fir in Poland and giant arborvitae in Germany. Currently, he is a supervisor of 3 PhD students. He was a reviewer in 4 habilitation procedures and 6 doctoral dissertations. He was an opponent in the doctoral dissertation at the University of Eastern Finland.
For his academic and organizational activity, Professor Zasada was repeatedly awarded with the prizes of the Rector of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. In 2015, he was awarded the Silver Medal for Long Service, and in 2018 - the Silver Cross of Merit.
Knowledge of foreign languages: English, Russian.
Hobbies: amateur radio, traveling, computers. Married, three children