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Alex C Wiedenhoeft

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor
608.231.9384
United States Deparment of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726-2398

Dr. Wiedenhoeft joined the FNR faculty as Adjunct Assistant Professor in April 2012. Alex earned his Ph.D and M.S. degrees in the Botany Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is employed by and stationed at the US Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, WI, where he has worked for over 17 years.   His research interests include botanical wood anatomy, biocentric wood science, and forensic botany.  He teaches workshops and short courses on wood identification around the country and around the world, and has published two multilingual manuals for tropical timber identification, as well as a number of book chapters and scientific articles.  He is working with faculty in FNR on projects involving wood anatomical and  machine vision characterization of figure in wood, and on phenotypic characterization of mutations affecting wood more broadly.

Areas of Focus

  • Biocentric wood science and the interfaces of classical plant sciences with interdisciplinary research.
  •  Botanical wood anatomy, especially structure-function relationships in wood.
  • Forensic wood anatomy and wood identification, especially as they relate to illegal logging.


Research Goals

  • Elucidate the relationships between ecology and phylogeny in wood anatomy as determinants of structure-function of trees.
  • 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 understanding the biological bases for wood performance.