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Douglas Allen Named SUNY Distinguished Service Professor


SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Douglas C. Allen, a professor of forest entomology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), has been elevated to the rank of Distinguished Service Professor by the State University of New York Board of Trustees.

Allen, of Marcellus, has been a faculty member at ESF since 1968. He is called on frequently by state officials to advise on problems of insect pest outbreaks and other environmental and forestry issues. He has also reviewed forestry practices in Canada. At ESF, he has coordinated the dual option, which joins the curricula of forestry with environmental and forest biology. He is director of the ESF Tree Pest Information Service. His research has benefited the health and productivity of sugar maple stands throughout North America.

Allen is among nine faculty members from around the state bestowed with this honor. The rank, which is above that of full professor, recognizes extraordinary service by an individual to his or her academic discipline and profession beyond the campus and State University to the region, New York state, and even the nation.

In addition to teaching, Allen has written numerous articles and other publications on insect biology including two books, and has served on several government task forces or study committees, including the (New York) Governor's Task Force on the Forest Industry and the Northern Forest Lands Council. He was elected to the position of Fellow of the national Society of American Foresters (SAF) in 1990. In 1993, he was named Forester of the Year by the SAF.

Allen received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Maine, Orono. He completed his doctoral work at the University of Michigan.