Welcome to the College of Forestry Graduate Undergraduate Mentorship Program website. This program is organized entirely by students in the CoF Graduate Student Council.

Jonathan Batchelor

I come from a long background of environmental activism that has taken me literally around the globe. I have spent time sailing the frigid waters of Antarctica and have been in the upper canopy of ancient eucalyptus trees in Tasmania, all in the pursuit of preserving ecosystems. After years of traveling and campaigning, I have decided to come back to school and pursue a graduate degree. Conducting research and using science as a tool to understand our impacts on the world around us and conveying this information to help inform policy and the public. To me, the value of our science is measured directly by our effectiveness to inform and direct our society. I identify as a biocentrist and deep ecologist. Getting out of the confines of the city and onto the top of a snow covered mountain is where I am most at home. Wondering off into a wilderness area in the middle of winter and watching the sunset from the top of a mountain is an experience I hope everyone will have at some point in their lives. I live in Eugene currently and commute to Corvallis and when I am not on a mountain or hunched over a computer screen I may be playing some horribly complex boardgame or recording some cascadian black metal.
Research Interests: 
Trophic Cascades, Landscape Ecology, Passive Riparian Restoration, Monitoring for Climate Change Effects, & GIS / Remote Sensing
Current Research Description: 
I currently have two projects that I am working on. First is looking at the process of passive restoration (natural, non-human assisted restoration) of the riparian systems inside Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge since the removal of cattle in 1990. Using repeat photography and innovative remote sensing techniques to try and quantify the change in plant communities and stream bank erosion. Secondly, reviewing current agency protocols for monitoring for climate change effects and looking at new technologies such as LiDAR to explore how existing protocols may be enhanced, or changed. This may involve setting up pilot monitoring stations for long term ecological change detection.
Trophic Cascades / Forest Ecosystems and Society