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Dr. Laurie Gharis, Dr. Benjamin Babst, Dr. Lu Liang, and Dr. William Headlee.

The School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello has added four new faculty members. They are:

• Benjamin Babst, an assistant professor who comes to UAM from the biosciences department at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y. Babst holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, a master’s degree in horticulture from the University of Maryland-College Park, and a Ph.D. in biology from Tufts University.

• Laurie Gharis, an assistant professor who joins the UAM faculty from North Carolina State University, where she worked in extension forestry in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources. She also served as an academic representative to America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative’s Partnership Council.

• William Headlee, assistant professor, previously with Iowa State University, where he served as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station Institute for Applied Ecosystem Studies and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

• Lu Liang, assistant professor, previously from the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to entering the doctoral program at Cal-Berkeley, Liang was a research and teaching assistant at the Center for Earth System Science at Tsinghua University in China.