Vice-rector for international cooperation

Vice-Rector for International Cooperation
Professor dr hab. Michał Jerzy Zasada

Michał Jerzy Zasada born on 16 December 1969 in Wroclaw. Graduated from the Faculty of Forestry at Warsaw University of Life Sceinces in 1993, obtaining Master's degree in Forest Sciences. Immediately after graduation he started working at the Department of Forest Productivity. He received his Ph.D. degree in 1998, and in 2008 he obtained postdoctoral habilitation degree in Forest Sciences in the area of forest management. In 2014, he was granted the title of Professor of Forest Sciences.

While working at WULS-SGGW, he was i.a. the Dean of the Faculty of Forestry, (2008–2012), Dean for didactics (2005–2008), Dean for science (2012–2016), Associate professor at the Department of Dendrometry and Forest Productivity (since 2010 r.) 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 with the Director General of State Forests. During the term 2011-2015, he was a member and Vice-Chairman of the Committee of Forestry Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and since 2016 has been a member of the Science Committee of Forestry and Wood Technology Academy (2016-2020 term). Since 2012, Professor Zasada has been a member of the Scientific Council of the Forest Research Institute in Sękocin Stary. He holds the function of a financial auditor of the European Forest Institute (EFI) since 2013. He was a member of the programme board of the journals: Folia Forestalia Polonica, Open Forest Science Journal and Studia i Materiały Centrum Edukacji Przyrodniczo-Leśnej w Rogowie [Studies and Materials of the Environment and Forest Education Centre in Rogów] (2008-2012). He is a member of the Polish Forest Society.

In 2001-2004, he took up a postdoctoral internship in D.B. Warnell School of Forest and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia in the United States, working mainly on the topic of modeling of the effects of changes in the economy and the environment and their impact on changes in forest resources. In the years 2004-2012, he worked as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia.

Research interests of Professor M. Zasada are mainly focused on issues related to dendrometry, the science of forest productivity and forest management, especially modeling the growth of trees and stands of trees, modern methods of forest measurement and the use of decision support systems in planning forest management. He is the author of over 120 scientific publications, including 40 in journals with Impact Factor.

As a manager or principal investigator, he has been involved in research projects financed from national funds (Committee for Scientific Research, National Science Centre, National Centre for Research and Development, Directorate General of State Forests), as well as international ones (7th Framework Programme and Horizon 2020). He participated as an expert in the evaluation of research projects funded by FP7 and COST. He was an expert in educational projects financed by Tempus and Norwegian funds, as well as an expert in the accreditation commission that evaluated three universities in Kyrgyzstan. He taught at the S. Seifullin Kazakh Agro Technical University in Astana and Georgian Agriculture University in Tbilisi and led trainings on 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, Mathematical Biosciences. Professor Zasada was a supervisor of four completed Ph.D. dissertations which were on topics of the impact of habitat conditions on the radial increment of Norway spruce in north-eastern Poland and the Baltic states; dendro-ecology of Schrenk's spruce in Kyrgyzstan and the history, status and prospects for introduction of Douglas fir in Poland and giant Arborvitae in Germany. Currently, he supervises 3 doctoral candidates. He reviewed 4 habilitation processes and 3 doctoral dissertations.

For his scientific and organizational activity, Professor Zasada has been distinguished with the Award of the Rector of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. In 2015, he received the Silver Medal for Long Service.

He is married and has three children. Hobbies: ham radio.