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

Spring 2014 Mentors

  • Kelly Kerr

    Bio: Hi, I'm Kelly and am currently a second-year Master's student in the FES department! Although I am originally from California, I've now come to call both Seattle, WA and Corvallis, OR home as well. I love living in the Pacific Northwest and exploring all it has to offer. Outside of school and research, I enjoy rock-climbing, hiking, trail-running...essentially lots of outdoor recreational activities. I love living in Corvallis and appreciate every opportunity I have to try a new restaurant, explore various parts of the city and hang out with my friends. When I have the time, I also enjoy watching movies and reading books. My most recent hobbies include taking care of chickens and playing the banjo! Your Research Interests: seedling establishment, drought tolerance, species distributions
    Current Research Description: My research project involves investigating the physiology underlying drought and stress tolerances in conifer seedlings, namely ponderosa pine seedlings. In addition, I am interested in learning about the various components involved in successful seedling establishment and what drives species distribution patterns. Most of my research is done either at some raised beds located on the OSU campus or in the laboratory, and my background is in plant biology (received a BS in 2009 from UC Davis).
    Email: Kelly.Kerr@oregonstate.edu
    Program/Department: Tree Physiology/Forest Ecosystems and Society
    Research Interests: seedling establishment, drought tolerance, species distributions
  • Kyle Pritchard

    Bio: I am passionate about natural resource conservation. Topics that interest me include trophic dynamics, plant/animal interactions, and how humans can manage wildlife habitat needs. I received my B.S. in ecology from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA in 2007 and have spent a considerable amount of time working as a biological science technician and environmental educator. My work history includes work with private, public and non-profit agencies including the National Park Service, US Forest Service, USGS, The Nature Conservancy, The Audubon Society and ODFW. When I'm not geeking out on nature science, I'm rockin' out on my accordion or snuggling with my cats. Also, I don't have a cool mustache anymore.
    Current Research Description: I am a first year master's student and my thesis focuses on addressing how bird use of oak trees changes with densities of mistletoe infection and how microhabitat density varies across infection gradients.
    Email: kyle.pritchard@oregonstate.edu
    Program/Department: Forest Ecosystems and Society
    Research Interests: birds, bats, amphibians, trees, shrubs, fire
  • Joey Hulbert

    Bio: I completed a BS in Forestry at Washington State University. During my undergraduate I worked in a few different plant pathology labs and spent my last 3 summers as seasonal field techs for research projects. In 2011 I became a full time tech for in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at OSU. I was doing field and lab work for sudden oak death research projects. I started my MS in Fall 2012 and I am trying to wrap it up by the end of this summer. Throughout my MS I have been highly involved in social activities and I can certainly speak to the value of extracurricular activities. I enjoy organizing events and activities for others to benefit from. I also play bicycle polo and I am a radio co-host of Inspiration Dissemination on KBVR. I came to graduate school because I saw research as a way to positively impact the world, but I also recognize that there are many ways to make an impact. One central thing I have learned through my various involvements, is that you can start making an impact as students, you don't have to wait until you can publish.
    Current Research Description: Sudden oak death is a disease of oaks in California and Oregon. The disease is caused by an organism that can live on over a hundred species, of these species is Douglas-fir. The purpose of my project is to develop methods to prevent the spread of the disease on the Douglas-fir logs we remove from infected areas.
    Email: joseph.hulbert@oregonstate.edu
    Program/Department: Dual MS: Wood Science and Plant Pathology
    Research Interests: Forest health, invasion biology, disturbance ecology, wood preservation
  • Elijah Allensworth

    Bio: I'm a 24-year-old Oregonian originally from Springfield who came to OSU to study engineering. After becoming bored with that program I moved into Forest Management and graduated in 2013. I'm now a graduate student studying biometrics. My interests outside of academia include board games, leatherworking, woodworking, reading, baking, and camping. I'm also a pretty active member of the OSU Society of American Foresters.
    Current Research Description: My current research is in two separate projects. The first is comparing different methods of estimating tree biomass for different size levels (plot, stand, forest, region). The second is investigating how error changes for different size levels (again: plot, stand, forest, region)when using aerial lidar to estimate biomass.
    Email: elijah.allensworth@oregonstate.edu
    Program/Department: Sustainable Forest Management (Biometrics) / Forest Engineering, Resources and Management
    Research Interests: Biomass imputation and error propagation
  • Alyson Wade

    Bio: I grew up in North Carolina and got two undergraduate degrees from North Carolina State University in Chemical Engineering and Paper Science & Engineering. While I was there, I worked one semester as a process engineering intern with Kimberly Clark and one summer with Ashland Hercules as a technical sales intern. After I graduated in December of 2011, I moved to Oregon and worked for 1.5 years at the International Paper mill in Springfield. I am currently a first year Masters student in the marketing track of the Wood Science program. I am interested in all things sustainable!! I currently volunteer with the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition as the co-lead for the Food Action Team, and am heavily involved in the local food movement here in Corvallis. I am growing my own food (goal of 50% this year), and we are working on designing our yard to include permaculture design characteristics in order to increase productivity of the land and decrease the amount of work that it takes over time. This year I also plan to build a rocket stove, a rainwater collection system, a cob oven, and volunteer building an earthship!! (Look it up if you have no idea what that is!) I hope to eventually work on creating "food forests" at some of the Corvallis city parks, and help organize a community food center in south Corvallis. In my other spare time, I like to hike, play with my dog, read, play board games with friends, and just generally be outside.
    Current Research Description: My thesis project is to study and understand the local specialty and niche wood products market, focusing on small woodlands owners in Clackamas county Oregon. We hope to better understand demand for local products (including what drives demand), as well as what the area can supply (capacity, range of products, etc).
    Email: alyson.wade@oregonstate.edu
    Program/Department: Wood Science and Engineering
    Research Interests: Local forest product markets
  • Matt Reilly

    Bio: I grew up in rural Massachusetts but have spent the last twenty years either as a student or working professionally on research in forest ecology in New England, the Southeastern US, and most recently here in the Pacific Northwest. I am an avid mountain biker and skier and enjoy playing music with friends in my free time.
    Current Research Description: My current research involves integrating regional plot inventory data with remote sensing to provide a better understanding of how forests across Oregon, Washington, and Northern California have been changing since the mid 1980's. Forest change generally occurs over very long time scales as a result of growth and succession, but recent disturbances such as wildfires, insect and pathogen outbreaks, and droughts suggest that forest conditions may be changing rapidly as a result of associated tree mortality. My work seeks to understand the magnitude of these changes and put them in an ecological context by examining regional patterns of tree mortality and changes in the amount of early successional and old-growth forests across the Pacific Northwest.
    Email: matthew.reilly@oregonstate.edu
    Program/Department: Forest Science / Forest Ecosystems and Society
    Research Interests: forest ecology, fire ecology, landscape ecology, succession, big trees
  • Meisam Shir Mohammadi

    Bio: Studying, education, decent jobs, future and etc. all are important! but those are first dimension of life.The other aspect is Sports, Adernaline, eating and etc. I enjoy playing sports more than watching them (watching sports with friends are so fun though)! And the third one is music, dance and party! don't forget Einstein was a great musician too! I like to always have balance in all 3D of my life! who doesn't like traveling! but if you think about it, one of three aspect of life is included in that.
    Current Research Description: Development of new novel materials (Cellulose Nanocomposites) for biomedical applications and other industries (includes fabrication, mechanical testing, structural analysis and modeling of their properties using FEA).
    Email: meisam.shirmohammadi@oregonstate.edu
    Program/Department: Materials Science / Wood Science and Engineering
    Research Interests: Mechanics of Materials, composites, renewable materials
  • Lauren Remenick

    Bio: I grew up in Florida, the sunshine state. I received my bachelor of science at Elon University in North Carolina. My degree was in Environmental Studies and Psychology. I studied abroad in Denmark, WWOOFed in Arizona and ski with my family every year in Colorado. I also like to garden, line dance, run and cuddle with my two cats.
    Current Research Description: My current research is on effective teaching and learning styles of adults. In June I will implement a survey for HJA Day participants to assess their learning experiences and preferences. Next year I hope to work on a project that examines public knowledge, perceptions and acceptance of disturbance-based management.
    Email: lauren.remenick@oregonstate.edu
    Program/Department: Forest Ecosystems and Society, Master of Science / Forest Ecosystems and Society
    Research Interests: Social science, adult learning, collaboration, communication, disturbance-based management
  • Adrian Gallo

    Bio: Born and raised in the Bay Area east of San Francisco, my father (and forever soccer coach) took me hiking/backpacking as a kid and I've never stopped. Although I feel most comfortable trudging around wet and slippery forests of temperate ecosystems, the American southwest and alpine summit trips have always provided me with an inspirational sense of perspective. I completed my undergrad in Soil Science with a Geology minor at Cal Poly SLO and partnered with the Forest Service to complete a senior project relating to the impacts of thinning treatments on soil temperature/water, and CO2 respiration rates. I have worked for the Forest Service for two summers in Alaska on Prince of Wales Island identifying suitable areas for timber harvest, and one summer in SW Oregon helping land managers identify key areas of operation on a watershed scale. Now living in Corvallis you will find me in the McDonald forest running/MTB, on the turf fields playing soccer, and enjoying downtown with friends.. Oh yeah that research thing too.
    Current Research Description: Currently my thesis is with the Long Term Soil Productivity (LTSP) experiment in the Springfiled area with Weyerhaeuser monitoring the effects of intensive biomass removal on soil temperature, water, nutrient dynamics, and of course stand productivity.
    Email: adrian.gallo@oregonstate.edu
    Program/Department: Forest Watershed Management / Forest Engineering, Resources and Management
    Research Interests: Nutrient cycling, metrics of productivity, Soil, Soil Organic Matter
  • Adam Burke

    Bio: I am a second year Master's Student with interests in Forest Health, Forest Management, Silviculture, and Woody Biomass. I am originally from Colorado, so I am most familiar with dry pine ecosystems and the their associated ecology. I work for campus recreation, helping facilitate both the Intramural Sports and Sport Club programs. I enjoy sports (both playing and watch), am an avid flyfisherman, and enjoy being outdoors and active.
    Current Research Description: I am currently looking at individual tree biomass allocation in Lodgepole pine. I am working with both allometric equations, LiDAR and other tree volume estimators.
    Email: adam.burke@oregonstate.edu
    Program/Department: Sustainable Forest Management- Silviculture / Forest Engineering, Resources and Management
    Research Interests: Forest Health, Forest Management, Silviculture, and Woody Biomass
  • Ben Hart

    Bio: I grew up in the Redwoods of Northern California for most of my 29 rotations around the sun. As a kid I spent a lot of time in the forest playing on old timber roads and getting lost in my imagination. After high school I attended Humboldt State University with little more than knowing that I wasn't done learning. My advisor, Dr. Terry Henkel, is the campus mycologist and instilled in me a love and appreciation for the world of Fungi and how they dynamically drive and interact with our world, largely unknown or understood by most people. I myself after over two years of course work and various experience in both the field and the lab in the tropics and temperate regions of the Americas would still consider myself an amateur in this fascinating world of Mycology. In my free time, I can be found at home or in the woods. At home I'm a huge fan of cooking and have recently perfected making Pho at home. I also love gardening and providing food for my friends and family. Once I get more time I want to start caring for my own bee colony and collecting honey to use with home pressed apple cider for brewing my own honey-apple champagne (I already got the brewing part down, now I just need to make the ingredients myself). When I'm away from home I can be found either on the trail or on the water. I've done backpacking across California, from coastal forests to 12,500' Sierra Nevada crossings on the John Muir Trail, including solo trips with my dog into the Siskyou Wilderness and elsewhere. I've been a trout/steelhead fisherman for the last 5 years, and once I started flyfishing, actually became a catcherman :) I trained as a rafting guide in 2005, and have led multiple trips on the Trinity River in California, including overnighters. Beginning in 2011, I worked three seasons as a Rare Plant Survey Technician for Green Diamond Resource Co, and have developed a great appreciation for the natural beauty only found by eons of evolution. Overall its been a wild ride, but you sure do get to see some amazing things once your off the beaten path.
    Current Research Description: My project is under the advisment of Dr. Jane Smith, Research Botanist for the US Forest Service here at the Forest Science Laboratory in Corvallis. We are assessing what long term impacts prescribed burning and mechanical forest thinning have on ectomycorrhizal fungi in the forested regions of eastern Oregon. Using soil samples, I will be selecting root tips from trees colonized by these symbiotic fungi and conducting molecular analysis to identify what species of fungi are present in the various treatments that were incurred on our study site after a decade of recovery time. Having this information will help forest managers further understand the impacts of the two most common forest fire fuel reduction treatment types on soil fungi which are critical in the healthy recover of these forests in the long term.
    Email: ben.hart@oregonstate.edu
    Program/Department: Forest Mycology / Forest Engineering, Resources and Management
    Research Interests: Forest Mycology and Restoration of Forest Ecosystems
  • Josh Petit

    Bio: Me: Second-year Ph.D. in FES; from Cincinnati, Ohio (successfully escaped!); traveled around the world on Semester at Sea (Fall, 2004) Fun: guitar, disc golf, skiing, rock climbing, hiking, cooking, photography, traveling
    Current Research Description: Project I: Recreation carrying capacity & conflict on the Sandy River (east of Portland, OR). Currently administering on-site surveys to assess visitor use levels and associated experiences/perceptions on the Wild & Scenic Sandy River. Project II (dissertation focus): Public acceptance of forest health biotechnologies to mitigate chestnut blight, mountain pine beetles, and climate change. Focus on risk perceptions, benefit perceptions, trust in managers/scientists, knowledge, and demographic variables.
    Email: joshua.petit@oregonstate.edu
    Program/Department: Forest Ecoysystems & Society
    Research Interests: Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Issues; Public Perceptions of Emerging Natural Resource Technologies; Outdoor Recreation
  • Donald Ulrich

    Bio: I worked in the Philippines on fisheries development projects for two years with the US Peace Corps before coming back to grad school. I love being outdoors and take any excuse to do so. I mountain bike, snowboard, climb and run. Im from Alaska
    Current Research Description: I study participatory management in subsistence fisheries in the Philippines. I'm working on a qualitative case study of a municipal fishery on the island of Samar.
    Email: donald.ulrich@oregonstate.edu
    Program/Department: Forest Ecosystems and Society
    Research Interests: Community-based natural resource management
  • Amy Barnhart

    Bio: My undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire was in Environmental Science with an emphasis on policy and law. Since receiving that degree, I have completed two years of AmeriCorps, first as a volunteer coordinator and then as a member of a watershed restoration team. I also spent a couple years working as a forest ecology research technician, mainly in the Northwest but also in Puerto Rico. I spent a year at Utah State University (2012-2013) as a Master's student in their Ecology program before transferring to OSU to pursue an MS in Sustainable Forest Management. My personal interests include anything in the outdoors, such as trail running, hiking, backpacking, skiing, and mountaineering.
    Current Research Description: I am studying the relationship between pre- and post-fire plant communities on experimentally manipulated forest stands in the Siskiyou Mountain of southwest Oregon.
    Email: amy_barnhart_unh@yahoo.com
    Program/Department: Sustainable Forest Management / Forest Engineering, Resources and Management
    Research Interests: Silviculture, Fire Ecology, and Plant Community Ecology
  • Jonathan Batchelor

    Bio: 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.
    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.
    Email: jonathan.batchelor@oregonstate.edu
    Program/Department: Trophic Cascades / Forest Ecosystems and Society
    Research Interests: Trophic Cascades, Landscape Ecology, Passive Riparian Restoration, Monitoring for Climate Change Effects, & GIS / Remote Sensing
  • Sonia R Bruck

    Bio: Hello! I am a first year master's student from North Carolina, in Peace Corps Master's International. This means I spend one year at OSU and then leave for 27 months as a Peace Corps volunteer, where I will conduct my research. My country of placement is NEPAL! I will be serving as a Food Security volunteer, where I will introduce Agroforestry and increase nutrition awareness. I have also ridden horses since I was 8 years old and continue to enjoy riding dressage here in Oregon.
    Current Research Description: I will live in Nepal from September 8, 2014 through November 21, 2016 and will work on two integrated objectives. Women have a primary responsibility for planting and maintaining agricultural fields. My first objective will be to conduct semi-structured interviews and focus groups with women, to understand current attitudes, beliefs and values concerning agriculture and agroforestry in the community. The second objective will be to assess the needs of my Nepali community and determine how agroforestry can be implemented to improve nutrition and increase household income.
    Email: sonia.bruck@oregonstate.edu
    Program/Department: Peace Corps Masters International / Forest Ecosystems and Society
    Research Interests: Agroforestry, International Development
  • Joanie Schmidgall

    Bio: As an Oregonian for life, I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. I started working on a youth trail crew in high school and instantly knew I wanted a career where I could frolic outside and get dirty! I got my B.A. from University of Oregon majoring in environmental science and geography. During the summers while I was going to school, I was employed seasonally for the Forest Service on the Willamette National Forest. I was fortunate enough to gain experience working for timber, engineering, fire, recreation and public affairs. I was hired permanently in timber sale prep. at the Detroit Ranger Station in 2009 and was promoted to a forester/timber sale appraiser at the Sweet Home Ranger Station in 2012. That year, I also had the opportunity to start school at Oregon State to earn a Master of Forestry degree while maintaining my position. I’ll return to the Forest Service fulltime when I graduate in June.
    Current Research Description: Even though I am a professional forester, I have chosen to focus my graduate work on the social side of forestry, particularly rural studies and community based forest management. Academically I am interested in how small, rural communities interact with the landscape and how they have been affected socially, economically and culturally by the declining federal timber market over the last few decades. Since I am getting a Master of Forestry degree, I have been working on a practical learning experienced-based project rather than conducting large-scale research. I am currently working to coordinate management efforts for the Elizabeth Starker-Cameron Demonstration Forest and facilitate educational outreach aimed at small woodland owners.
    Email: joan.schmidgall@oregonstate.edu
    Program/Department: MF- Forest Social Science / Forest Ecosystems and Society
    Research Interests: Community based forest management and rural studies