Alex C. Wiedenhoeft
Alex C. Wiedenhoeft, Ph.D.Wood Anatomy and Forest Mycology in a Changing Global Environment
Research Botanist and Team Leader
Center for Wood Anatomy Research
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
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Botanical wood anatomy
- Evolution of wood anatomical diversity
- Wood anatomical flood response to seasonal inundation
- Machine-vision wood identification with the XyloTron
- Commercial woods of Mozambique
- Dalbergia and Pterocarpus
- North American hardwoods
- Commercial woods of Ghana
- Commercial woods of Colombia
- Commercial woods of Peru
- Further develop organellar microcapture for trace evidence
- Practical methods to determine dimensional change coefficients for the flooring industry
- Characterization of wood phenotype, including figure, in naturally occurring tree mutants (Populus, Prunus, Acer)
- Product claim verification in forest products supply chains and improved monitoring and determination of best practices
- Identification and dating of the wooden cultural patrimony of the Taino people
- Elucidate the evolutionary interplay between ecology and phylogeny in wood anatomy as determinants of structure-function of trees, shrubs, and lianas.
- Conduct foundational research and develop tools and methods to improve the ability of the wood industry to comply with - and law enforcement to apply - laws governing illegal logging.
- Improve the use and utility of wood as a material by researching the biological origins of fundamental wood properties at the mesoscale and how they influence wood behavior in a range of contexts.
- Systematic wood anatomy
- Traditional wood identification
- Anatomical aspects of early wood colonization by wood decay fungi
- Wood-finish and wood-adhesive interactions
Wood is a fundamental part of human material culture going back to prehistory. We have used it for tools, for fuel, for shelter, and even (a surprise to many) for food. Understanding the biological origins of wood provides a critical contextual framework for interpreting wood evolution, wood forensics, and the modern use of wood in its many forms.
- University of Wisconsin at Madison, B.S. Department of Botany , 1997
- University of Wisconsin at Madison, M.S. Department of Botany , 2001
- University of Wisconsin at Madison, Ph.D. Department of Botany , 2008
- Adjunct Professor, Department of Sustainable Bioproducts, Mississippi State University 2020 - Current
- Professor Estrangeiro, Universidade Estadual Paulista - Botucatu, Departamento de Botanica 2014 - Current
- Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin - Madison Department of Botany 2013 - Current
- Adjunct Assistant Professor, Purdue University, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources 2012 - Current
- National Association of Floor Covering Technicians, Board Member (2020 - Current)
- International Academy of Wood Science, Elected Fellow (2018 - Current)
- International Association of Wood Anatomists, Deputy Executive Secretary (2018 - Current)
- International Association of Wood Anatomists, Member (2012 - present)
- International Association of Wood Anatomists, Associate Editor (2003 - present)
- International Association of Wood Anatomists, Editorial Board Member term limit reached (2012 - 2017)
- International Association of Wood Anatomists, Exceutive Council Member term limit reached (2012 - 2017)
- Forest Stewardship Council Leadership Award, 2017 Awarded in recognition of my research program using forensic wood science to investigate certified wood product supply chains.
|Publication Year: 2020|
Highlight ID: 1652
Outperforms Laboratory-Based DART Mass Spectrometry Wood Identification
For Mahogany Family|
Imagine you are inspecting a wood shipment and you suspect someone is smuggling mahogany, an endangered species. You could remove a small specimen, ship it to a distant laboratory, and wait days for an answer, or you could use FPL's XyloTron to cap ...
|Publication Year: 2019|
Highlight ID: 1331
|Fraud in U.S. Retail Forest Products and Forensic Capacity|
Fraud and misrepresentation in U.S. retail forest products greatly exceeds the forensic capacity to combat it. ...
|Publication Year: 2018|
Highlight ID: 1316
|Machine Vision Wood Identification of Endangered Tropical Woods|
Field identification of wood (screening) is the first step in a forensic workflow to combat illegal logging. Similarly, industries interested in proactively managing their supply chains to ensure only legally logged material also need access to such ...
|Publication Year: 2014|
Highlight ID: 585
|The Xylotron: A Field-Deployable Machine-Vision Wood Identification System|
The Xylotron is a machine-vision-based wood identification system that uses a custom-designed wood imaging device (the Xyloscope), image analysis, and statistical processing software run from a laptop/netbook. With it, users can identify over 150 spe ...
|Publication Year: 2010|
Highlight ID: 170
|Centennial Edition, Wood Handbook—Wood as an Engineering Material|
The Wood Handbook—Wood as an Engineering Material serves as a primary reference document for a wide variety of users-from the general public through architects and design engineers who use wood in highly engineered structures. ...
|Forest Products Laboratory Featured in America’s Forests with Chuck Leavell|
Chuck Leavell - Courtesy of America's Forests with Chuck Leavell On October 21st, 2020, Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) director, Tony Ferguson, represented FPL in a panel discussion for the premier of the most recent episodes of America’s Forests with Chuck Leavell (AFCL). FPL was featured i...
|FPL Researcher Featured on Seeker Wild Crime|
Seeker Wild Crime Media Logo 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 logg...
|Philippine Partnership :|
The Center for Wood Anatomy Research (CWAR) at the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) is pleased to host Mr. Mario Ramos, Senior Science Research Specialist from the Anatomy and Forest Botany Section of the Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI), Department of Science and Technolog...
|Dating Prehispanic Caribbean Wooden Sculptures:|
Look at those wooden sculptures! Some FPL research could even be called exotic. Research Botanist Alex Wiedenhoeft of the Engineering Properties of Wood, Wood based Materials and Structures research unit has worked with the Pre-Hispanic Caribbean Sculptural Arts in Wood project, which studied 66 w...