A national search has resulted in Rolf Weberg accepting the position of Director of the Natural Resources Research Institute at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Weberg comes to NRRI with 25 years of experience at DuPont USA, most recently in Buffalo, New York, as Global R&D Manager in DuPont’s Building Innovations; Surfaces Division. Weberg holds a Ph.D. in synthetic and mechanistic inorganic chemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder and spent two years as a postdoctoral research associate at Colorado State University. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry at the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1982.
Transition to his new position at NRRI will begin March 24.
Northern Minnesota’s Sax-Zim Bog — a rare, old growth Black Spruce/Tamarack bog — is one of the most famous birding spots in North America. Especially in the winter, it attracts birders from all over the United States in search of Great Gray Owls, Northern Hawk Owls, Redpolls, Pine Grosbeaks, Black-backed Woodpeckers... and many more.
The northeastern Minnesota moose population is in danger, and NRRI is working with county, state, tribal, and Federal agencies, to determine the cause of the decline. The most shocking statistic is the low number of moose remaining in Minnesota.
What’s up with Minnesota’s forest-related industries? Just that. Things are looking up thanks to a projected upswing in the U.S. housing market which is recovering from the 2008 recession. In particular, NRRI Research Scientist Matt Aro is watching the trends for engineered wood products — plywood, oriented strandboard and the like. And his specific focus is to make these regional products even better.
"What does it mean now that the wolves are ‘delisted’?"
To some people wolves are a symbol of the wilderness, for others wolves have destroyed deer hunting opportunities, preyed on livestock, and are something to fear.
Reality is somewhere in the middle. Wolves have preyed on livestock in Minnesota over the last few decades, and more than 150 wolves that preyed on livestock were taken annually by federal government trappers. Wolves have killed some deer, but to blame them for destroying deer hunting in an area is likely a stretch.