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Student Profile - Kevin Zobrist

Student Profile Kevin Zobrist is a master’s student in the forest economics program. Kevin grew up in Redmond, WA, where he frequently enjoyed exploring the woods near his house. (These have since been paved over and become the Microsoft corporate campus.) He never saw forestry as an academic or career pursuit until his senior year at Redmond High School, when he took a one-semester forestry class. “Of all the classes I took in high school,” says Kevin, “I think that one was my favorite. So when it came time to choose a major in college, forestry seemed like the logical way to go.”

Kevin went on to earn a B.S. in Forest Management here at CFR, graduating in June 2000. At this point, he claims he was coerced by Bruce Bare into entering the forest economics graduate program. “Bruce told me he wouldn’t let me graduate unless I enrolled in graduate school. (Okay, so that’s not really true!) Actually, it was an easy choice. I enjoyed my time as an undergraduate here and I am thrilled to stay on for another year or two. And besides, I love forest economics!”

Kevin is currently working with Bruce Lippke and Larry Mason on the Rural Technology Initiative (RTI), a program aimed at helping reduce the income disparity between urban and rural communities by providing rural communities with better access to new technology. For his first project with RTI, Kevin is doing a series of case studies that examine and compare the impacts of the new Forests and Fish regulations on five small landowners in Lewis County, WA. Kevin explains that, “Because of their size, small forest landowners experience very different impacts from regulations than their large, industrial counterparts.” With this project, Kevin hopes to examine these impacts using the case study approach, look at the potential disparity of impacts among small landowners, and show how technology can be used to answer questions and come up with possible alternatives. He plans to present a poster with his results at the SAF national convention in Washington, D.C. in November 2000.

Once he receives his M.S. degree, Kevin hopes to find a job where he can continue working with small landowners. “I love working with small forest landowners,” he says, “and working with the RTI program has helped me see first hand some of the challenges they face. I hope to pursue a career that will help with some of their challenges.”


Student News

Stephanie Bohlman, Ph.D. student in the forest ecosystem analysis program, has been awarded a NASA fellowship.

Sandra Clinton (forest ecosystem analysis Ph.D. student) ), Mike Liquori (forest engineering and hydrology Ph.D. student), and Jennifer Scholz (forest engineering and hydrology M.S. student) gave papers at the August 28-31, 2000 international conference on “Riparian Ecology and Management in Multi-Land Use Watersheds” in Portland, OR, sponsored by the American Water Resources Association. Kerri Mikkelsen (forest ecosystem analysis Ph.D. student) and James Packman (forest engineering and hydrology M.S. student) presented posters at the conference.

Tech TAs Marianne Elliott and Seshu Vaddey report that they are working on two new Web sites, a forest management curriculum site and a community Web site for interdisciplinary learning within CFR. To view these sites, which are under construction, go to http://www.cfr.washington.edu/cfrweb/comweb/underconst.htm and http://www.cfr.washington.edu/cfrweb/fmwebsite/.

Ze’ev Gedalof, incoming graduate student in Autumn 2000, was awarded a two-year fellowship by the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada. These prestigious fellowships, comparable to those from the National Science Foundation in the U.S., are awarded through a national competition in Canada. The fellowship will support Ze’ev’s graduate studies and dissertation work on climate change and natural resources.

Gustavo Negreiros, Ph.D. student in the forest ecosystem analysis program, has been awarded the second year of a NASA fellowship.

Susan Prichard, Ph.D. student in the forest ecosystem analysis program, has been awarded a scholarship from the Canon National Parks Science Scholars Program. She is one of eight students selected in the 2000 national competition, which was judged by a review panel appointed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The scholarship award of $75,000 will support Susan’s dissertation work on fire and forest succession in Thunder Creek watershed, North Cascades National Park.

Student Reports

Tim Brown, forest engineering and hydrology master’s student reports that he is helping design the “forest management and salmon ecosystem” module for the Salmon Ecosystems Management Web-based science education project. Tim says, “The project is an extension of the Washington Virtual Classroom, a consortium of nine school districts in the state having similar demographics—a significant level of poverty in their communities, a mix of ethnic minorities, small in size (ranging from 225 to 3,000 students district wide) and rural. The project’s primary mission is to establish interconnectivity between each district so that both staff development and course delivery can be accomplished via video teleconferencing and Web-based learning modules.” The instructor for the course is James Clague at Eatonville High School in Eatonville, WA, one of the consortium school districts. The modules will use some of the materials Tim gathered for a similar Center for Streamside Studies project (a Web-based course in forested watershed management) in cooperation with the EPA and the University of British Columbia.


Students in the STEP (Science and Tribes Educational Partnership) gather fir core samples at Pack Forest.
Santino Pascua, forest engineering undergraduate, reports on his work this summer with the STEP (Science and Tribes Educational Partnership) program, based in CFR and the College of Ocean and Fishery Sciences. STEP is designed to help students from predominantly American Indian communities develop job skills and learn how a college education can lead to a career in natural resources. The program is managed by Nan Little, with funding from the Washington Sea Grant, the Office of the Vice Provost, and the Quinault Nation. 2000 was the program’s inaugural year. Santino says, “Early in Winter 2000, Nan approached me about working with her. The plan called for eight students from Taholah High School to work at a fish hatchery two days a week while completing a full five days worth of schoolwork the remaining three weekdays. Beginning in summer, the students were immersed in an intensive three-week training exercise during which they attended lectures, did research, and learned about forestry and fishery sciences. During the fishery module at the UW’s Big Beef Creek Research Center at Hood Canal, we were able to snorkeI, sein, and trawl for research samples on Hood Canal.” Santino led the students in the forestry module, which took place at CFR’s Pack Forest in Eatonville, WA. There the students learned about current forest management practices, forestry equipment, using a compass, and taking core samples and tree measurements. The students then spent a week and a half staying in dorms on the UW campus compiling data for reports and making a final presentation to friends and family from the Quinault Nation. The work-study aspect of the project was a direct result of input from leaders within the Quinault community. Santino says, “Along with all of these research experiences the students learned how to work together while being away from home for the first time. It was as rewarding an experience for me as it was for them. Anyone interested in working with next year’s STEP program should stroll on over to the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and talk to Nan Little about this extraordinary opportunity! (or contact Nan Little at klittle@u.washington.edu).

Kevin Zobrist reports that the UW Student Chapter of the Society of American Foresters (SAF) has been reinstated, after a lapse of several years. Student interest in SAF has renewed, and in August 2000 a group of six graduate and undergraduate SAF members met to revise the bylaws, elect temporary officers, and apply for reinstatement. The application for reinstatement was promptly approved by the SAF national office. The temporary officers are Kevin Zobrist, chair; Kernen Lien, vice-chair; Patrick Rusher, Secretary; Kevin Ceder, Treasurer; and Justin Knobel, membership and outreach coordinator. Stan Humann is the faculty advisor. “We’re very excited to have our chapter back,” says Kevin. “I hope that we can keep the momentum going to get some fundraising done, plan some worthwhile chapter activities, and build a strong student membership. I think that SAF is a great opportunity for forestry students to make connections and learn more about the forestry profession. It’s also an opportunity to have a voice on important forestry issues.” The chapter’s first official meeting was September 1, 2000 and will be followed by a fall kick-off in early October. Students interested in chapter activities or in becoming an SAF member should contact Kevin Zobrist (kzobr@u.washington.edu), Justin Knobel (jknobel@u.washington.edu), or Stan Humann (humann@u.washington.edu).

Undergraduate Scholarships
(Summer 2000)

Stephen Buffington Lloyd Anderson REI Scholarship
Barbara Christensen R.D. Merrill Scholarship
July Anne Groves Lloyd Anderson REI Scholarship
Erin Horan R.D. Merrill Scholarship

Graduate Scholarships/Fellowships
(Spring 2000)

Matt Bennett Walter B. Nettleton Scholarship Rand Kinght Hugo Winkenwerder Memorial Graduate Fellowship
Michelle Connor Marvin Klemme Research Fellowship David Landsman Robert D. Peterson Memorial Scholarship
Robert Corletta Walter B. Nettleton Scholarship Jason Niebler Clayton Carlisle Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Emily Griswold William O. Larson Memorial Scholarship Erikka Pearson Agnes Healy Anderson Scholarship
Sara Jensen R.D. Merrill Research Fund Deborah Smith Riffe Family Endowed Fellowship

WPPF Scholarships

Tracy Ho Quan Wang
David Kahler Matt Williams
Josh Pitkin


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