Dr. Isabel Munck named Graduate of Distinction

NEW YORK — Dr. Isabel Munck, plant pathologist with the USDA Forest Service Forest Health Program, was presented with the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and

Photo: A woman in black graduation robes and cap holds award as two professors congratulate her.
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry President Dr. Quintin Wheeler (left) and ESF Alumni Association President Thayer Miller (right) presented the 2017 ESF Graduate of Distinction Award to Forest Service Forest pathologist Dr. Isabel Munck at the December Commencement on Friday, Dec. 8. Photo courtesy of SUNY ESF, Island Photography.

Forestry, 2017 Graduate of Distinction Award in the "Incipiens Quercu" (Beginning Oak) category. This honor is awarded through the ESF Alumni Association in recognition of an alumna whose accomplishments might be considered "pioneering," whose work has positively affected society, or who are otherwise inspirational to students and fellow alumni.

Dr. Munck provides assistance to state and federal partners on all aspects of tree diseases. Over just the past six plus years, partnering with dozens of university, state and federal researchers and managers, Dr. Munck has coordinated and conducted evaluations on foliar pathogens, the reemergence of blister rust, and Caliciopsis canker of eastern white pine. She has represented the Forest Service on these and other issues at domestic and international scientific meetings. Dr. Munck has shown a desire to advance and expand the Forest Pathology discipline in the region. She mentors a number of graduate student as an affiliated faculty member at the University of Maine and University of New Hampshire. Dr. Munck also works on national issues as an active member of the American Phytopathological Society.

Dr. Munck was presented the award at the college’s commencement in Syracuse last Friday, Dec. 8.