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Jerry Franklin is a Professor in CFR’s Ecosystem Sciences Division. Natural forests and forest processes and their relevance to management have been Jerry’s primary research interest for several decades—well before he moved to the University of Washington from Corvallis, OR in 1986.  Currently his major research project is directing the Wind River Canopy Crane Research Facility in southwestern Washington, a piece of “equipment” that he persuaded Congress to fund back in 1993. The idea came from the Smithsonian Institution’s Tropical Research Center in Panama—the first to put a large construction crane into the middle of a forest.

During the next year Jerry will be working with academic and federal scientists at the UW and at Oregon State University to put together a proposal for a National Environmental Observatory (NEON) at the Wind River site in the Columbia River Gorge region. NEON is a new National Science Foundation program to create a network of 10 to 12 regional environmental observatories to facilitate environmental science and its application to societal problems. Jerry says, “Funding for two facilities is in the President’s FY 2003 budget. Competing for this funding is going to be very challenging because the stakes are so high ($20 million per site in infrastructure and $3 million/year operating funds).

Jerry’s teaching has expanded during this last year when he took over the Ecosystem Management course that was previously taught by Chad Oliver. The course will be increased to five credits and moved to fall quarter beginning Fall 2002.  He teaches landscape ecology during winter quarter and a course in old-growth forests and related policy development during spring quarter.

Photography and trains are two of Jerry’s major pastimes.  He says, “The photography comes in handy professionally, of course, but I do a lot of artsy-type nature photography as well and have had a couple of exhibitions in galleries.”  Trains—big and small—are an avocation.  He collects model trains and rides full-sized ones at every opportunity!


Dave at Yellowstone National Park

Dave Manuwal, Professor of Wildlife Science and Chair of the Ecosystems Science Division, came to the UW in 1972 as the second faculty member in CFR’s wildlife science program. Dave was born and raised in South Bend, IN where during his elementary school years he became interested in nature, especially birds. He attended the same high school in South Bend (and at the same time!) as Dean Bruce Bare.

Dave received a BS in wildlife conservation from Purdue University, an MS in wildlife management from the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California, Los Angeles. His MS work dealt with forest bird communities in western Montana. His doctoral studies focused on the population ecology of the Cassin’s Auklet, a small burrowing seabird found on Southeast Farallon Island in California. He and his graduate students studied seabirds in Washington and Alaska during the 1970s and 80s. Since the mid-1980s, his research and that of his students have focused on forest bird ecology and management in Washington.

Dave has accumulated a substantial amount of field data on bird populations in both natural as well as intensively managed forest environments. He says, “This has involved extensive point count surveys in the Washington Cascade Mountains and oak woodlands of Klickitat County.  Another focus of my research has been examining the relationship between the structural features of coniferous and riparian forests and bird species composition, abundance, and guild development. My most recent investigation is part of the U.S. Forest Service Demonstration of Ecosystem Management Options (DEMO), which is an experimental study of green tree retention in western Washington and Oregon. I’m also involved in a study of the response of birds to variable density thinning at Fort Lewis. I continue to be involved in studies of the ecology of marine birds and bird conservation, and recently co-edited a volume on the natural history and population status of the Common Murre in California to British Columbia. Now I’m working on the second volume dealing with threats and conservation.”

Dave is married to Naomi Manuwal, whom he met while he was a graduate student at the University of Montana. She eventually received an MS in forest ecology here at CFR. They have co-authored a number of papers together and have several more planned. They have a 24 year-old son and a 20 year-old daughter; their daughter will be married this June. One of Dave’s current passions is classic Ford Mustangs. He has a 1966 hardtop as well as a 1995 GT, and he enjoys going to car shows and “cruisin’.”

 

Faculty News

Bruce Bare was appointed Dean of the College of Forest Resources, effective January 24, 2002. An article on his appointment appeared in the February 21, 2002 University Week; see http://depts.washington. edu/uweek/archives/2002.02.FEB_21/.  Bruce and CFR were also featured in a March 15, 2002 profile in the Puget Sound Business Journal, entitled “UW forestry college seeks new path in woods.”

Affiliate Associate Professor Robert Bilby was appointed Affiliate Associate Professor of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, effective September 16, 2001.

Paul Boardman and CINTRAFOR’s work in analyzing competition in the wood products global marketplace were cited in a February 3, 2002 article in the Tacoma, WA The News Tribune, entitled “The incredible shrinking log export market.”

Gordon Bradley and John Marzluff attended a National Science Foundation meeting in Washington, D.C., in March 2002, in which recipients of the foundation’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) grants met to share progress and ideas.  The UW’s three IGERTs (urban ecology, nanotechnology, and astrobiology) were well represented at the meeting.   “Especially important,” says Gordon, “was the opportunity to meet with other IGERT colleagues from across the country who are also working on urban ecology and sustainability issues.”

Sandra Clinton, Research Associate in the Ecosystem Sciences Division, taught a 2-credit graduate level class in hyporheic ecology in Winter Quarter 2002 to students from forestry, fisheries, quantitative ecology and resources management, anthropology, and civil and environmental engineering. 

Bob Edmonds and Jerry Franklin were cited in a February 17, 2002 article in the Vancouver, WA The Columbian. The article, “Pests from afar threaten NW forests,” discussed the risks of importing raw logs, wood chips, and packing crates from overseas, items that may carry a variety of stowaways such as wood-boring beetles and root disease spores.

Chuck Henry has just returned from collaborating in a UW Department of Architecture initiative in which students from multidisciplinary backgrounds took part in all phases of design and construction of the American Pavilion in Auroville, India. The students drew on their wide array of disciplines to create a long-term and sustainable design solution for the community. Program faculty, besides Chuck, included College of Architecture and Urban Planning faculty Steve Badanes and Sergio Palleroni.

Affiliate Associate Professor Darryll Johnson has assumed new duties as the National Park Service Coordinator of the Pacific Northwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (PNW-CESU), housed in Anderson Hall.  Formerly, Darryll was research sociologist with the USGS Cascadia Field Station, also located at CFR.

Bruce Lippke made a presentation on February 6, 2002 to the Arlington, WA chapter of the Society of American Foresters on the impacts of the New Forest and Fish Regulations.  On March 21, 2002, Bruce presented a summary of an interim report recently released by the Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials (CORRIM) to the Chief Technology Officers of the American Forest and Paper Association in Washington, DC. He co-authored the report, entitled “Life Cycle Environmental Performance of Renewable Building Materials in the Context of Residential Building Construction,” with Dave Briggs and John Perez-Garcia, along with 15 authors from other universities around the country.

Dave Peterson published an opinion column in the February 26, 2002, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, entitled “Olympic rain forest isn’t going away.”  The column, a response to a World Wildlife Fund report on global warming, can be found on the Web at http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/59711_forestop.shtml.

Clare Ryan was appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor of Marine Affairs, effective October 5, 2001.

Bob Van Pelt, Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Ecosystem Sciences Division, recently published Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast. Bob, a forest ecologist and founder of the Washington State Big Tree Program, participated in a book signing at the University Bookstore in Seattle, WA, on January 9, 2002, where he shared his guide to 20 of the largest species of conifers in North America—as well as over 100 individual tree profiles featuring photographs, measurements, and history.

Faculty Reports

David Briggs reports that he has been working on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s softwood lumber tariff issue with Canada. The project includes a comparison of stumpage prices involving the currency exchange rate as well as the conversion between cubic meters in Canada to board feet in the U.S.  Says Dave, “Since I wrote the latest edition of CFR’s Conversion Factors publication, I became a lightning rod in the arguments over the proper conversion factor. The lack of understanding of how and why this factor changes from standing timber to scaled logs to milled lumber was amazing to me, as was the general lack of understanding of the different techniques that can be applied at each of these stages.  Another very unusual project found me involved in ‘forensic’ wood technology. It seems that a small firewood-size piece of wood was used in a crime.  I was asked to compare it to another piece to determine if they came from the same tree. It was fairly easy to determine that both pieces came from the same species, but it usually is difficult to match samples from a given tree. As luck would have it, there was a dead branch in one piece and the decay column from the branch had an unusual pattern that extended into the other piece—providing an excellent match!”


 

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