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Alex Wiedenhoeft

Alex Wiedenhoeft

Specialist in the anatomy and function of wood, forensic wood science, and forensic botany

Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Botany College of Letters and Science Work: 608-231-9384 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page Twitter: @CWAR_ACW


  • Botanical wood anatomy - the evolution of wood anatomical diversity in the context of phylogeny and function
  • Biocentric wood science - the biological basis and ultimate origin of wood properties
  • Forensic wood science, especially to combat illegal logging - the application of basic forensic research to practical, real-world problems in international trade in forest products
  • Forensic botany - the application of botany writ large to socially relevant issues of criminal and civil law, and how science can inform legislation.


  • Scientific Member of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime Expert Group Meeting on Timber Forensics, Vienna, Austria 2014
  • Winner of a 2017 Forest Stewardship Council Leadership Award
  • Deputy Executive Secretary of the International Association of Wood Anatomists, and Chair of the WRAITH Task Force (Wood Research Against Illegal Timber Harvest)