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Dr. Susan Anagnost received the 2023 Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Wood Science and Technology.

Dr. Susan Anagnost Receives Distinguished Service Award

Professor Emeritus honored by the Society of Wood Science and Technology

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Aug. 10, 2023 - Dr. Susan Anagnost, Professor Emeritus and Visiting Professor in the Department of Sustainable Resources Management at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), received the 2023 Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST).

The award is given in recognition of an individual’s distinguished service to the wood industry in an educational, technological, scientific, or professional area directly related to the profession of wood science and technology. It includes life membership in the Society and a citation in Wood and Fiber Science.

“This honor reflects Dr. Anagnost’s exceptional dedication to her field and underscores the invaluable contributions she has made to both academia and society at large,” said ESF President Joanie Mahoney. “Dr. Anagnost’s achievements reaffirm ESF’s commitment to fostering academic excellence, research innovation, and societal impact.”

At ESF, Anagnost serves as the director of the Tropical Timber Information Center. Her interests in biology and studying plants led her to wood anatomy as it applies to wood products. She also has worked on topics such as wood ultrastructure, wood decay, and mycology, with light microscopy, scanning, and transmission electron microscopy being heavily utilized techniques in her work and teaching.

Anagnost was featured in a July 23 episode of the SWST podcast Wood Science Talks, where she explains the importance of wood identification of tropical species to help prevent illegal timber trading. As wood anatomy for the identification of wood species is an "imperfect science,” she also discussed using DNA and chemical fingerprint information to better identify commercially traded timber. With today’s developments in wood science, especially with the increasing mass timber constructions, Anagnost is convinced that wood anatomy will continue to be an attractive and important study method.  


The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is dedicated to the study of the environment, developing renewable technologies, and building a sustainable and resilient future through design, policy, and management of the environment and natural resources. Members of the College community share a passion for protecting the health of the planet and a deep commitment to the rigorous application of science to improve the way humans interact with the world. The College offers academic programs ranging from the associate of applied science to the Doctor of Philosophy. ESF students live, study and do research on the main campus in Syracuse, N.Y., and on 25,000 acres of field stations in a variety of ecosystems across the state.