FPL Researcher Featured on Seeker Wild Crime

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Forest Product’s Laboratory’s (FPL) research botanist Alex Wiedenhoeft  is being featured in a “Seeker Wild Crime” episode for his collaborative research on wood forensics and his groundbreaking technological innovation that is combatting global illegal logging.

Alex C. Wiedenhoeft, Ph.D.
Wood Anatomy and Forest Mycology in a

Changing Global Environment
Research Botanist and Team Leader

Seeker is an American digital media network and publisher that produces online science-based content reaching millions each month. The Seeker Media’s mission statement is to “empower the curious to understand the science that is shaping our world.”

Find out how Wiedenhoeft and Assistant Scientist from the University of Wisconsin, Prabu Ravindran, are positively shaping the world by watching the SeekerMedia Wild Crime episode called, “How Illegal Logging is Funding Organized Crime.” See it at https://www.facebook.com/107124643386/videos/682354979370935

Want to learn more about the amazing advancements our scientists are making? Visit the Forest Products Laboratory at https://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/

World Wildlife Fund Asks “Can Forensics Save Forests?”

Researchers at the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) have partnered with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to investigate whether wood from products sold in the United States is accurately labeled. The forensic expertise of FPL botanist Alex Wiedenhoeft was key in this research, and the findings of the study were recently published in a journal article in PLOS One.

For an easily-accessible explanation of the research, check out this story from WWF. It’s full of great photos that give you a behind-the-scenes look into Alex’s forensic work and the world’s largest research wood collection, housed here at FPL in the Center for Wood Anatomy Research.

FPL botanist Alex Wiedenhoeft and his team in the Center for Wood Anatomy Research.
Photo credit: Jim Schnepf, WWF-US

Front Page News! FPL's "Tree Detective" is Cover Story Material

Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) botanist Alex Wiedenhoeft has a fascinating career. Whether he’s using forensic botany to aid law enforcement, finding new ways to extract DNA from wood, or fact-checking certified wood products, he always has an interesting story to tell.

Isthmus, a weekly newspaper here in Madison, Wisconsin, agrees, and featured Wiedenhoeft and his work to curb illegal logging as this week’s cover story.

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FPL botanist Alex Wiedenhoeft

If you thought illegal logging was just a problem affecting trees and forests, think again. The article explains that “when law enforcement agents capture a shipment of illegal timber, they also often find illegally captured wildlife, illegal drugs, weapons and slaves” and that “revenue from illegally harvested timber has been linked to armed conflicts around the world.”

To find out how Wiedenhoeft works to combat these disastrous consequences, and learn about some of the wild cases he’s worked on over the years, read the full article at Isthmus.com.