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Faculty Profile — Anne Kearney


Anne Kearney was appointed Research Assistant Professor in the Management and Engineering Division in August 1998. She was previously a Research Associate in that Division. Anne says, "It’s been a fall full of changes! My new appointment in August and then my husband Alex Tilles and I got married and moved in September."

Anne was born and raised in Moscow, Idaho along with three brothers. She received a B.A. from Stanford University in Psychology/Cognitive Science, an M.S. from the University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources, in Resource Policy and Behavior, and a Ph.D., also from the University of Michigan, in Cognition and Environment. She says, "I’m no stranger to Seattle or the College of Forest Resources. I did part of my doctoral research in the Pacific Northwest and came to the College as a postdoc after finishing my doctorate at the University of Michigan. I thoroughly enjoyed Ann Arbor, but after ‘doing my time’ in the Midwest, I was anxious to get back to family, friends, and mountains here in the Northwest."

"When I tell people I’m an environmental psychologist they tend to respond with quizzical stares. One friend wondered if I counseled old growth or dealt with ‘multiple use’ personalities! Environmental psychology, I told him, is the study
of human-environment interactions. It deals with both how people’s perceptions, attitudes, and decisions impact their environment, and how different environments affect people’s behavior, quality of life, and even their mental health."

"Within the field of environmental psychology, I have three major research areas. The first deals with environmental perception and decision making. People tend to base their decisions on how they ‘see’ — both in the visual sense and in the conceptual sense. I’ve studied forest stakeholder mental models of ‘appropriate forest management’ and how those models affect their com-munication and collaborative de-cision making processes. I’m currently involved in a project ex-ploring people’s reactions to the visual aspects of different timber harvest practices. As it turns out, people’s preferences for different strategies are fairly predictable; they are also mediated by information and expertise."

"My second area of study deals with environmental communication and behavior change. Here, I’m exploring which types of information are most effective at enhancing people’s understanding of environmental problems and topics and, ultimately, changing their behavior."

"My third research area is in human-environment compatibility. Have you ever wondered why people behave appropriately in some environments but not in others? Or why some environments leave you feeling rested and refreshed while others leave you frazzled? These are the types of questions I’m addressing. Currently, I’m undertaking a study of the social and psychological impacts of different subdivision patterns at the urban-forest fringe (i.e., ranging from those with large intact areas of forested open space to those with virtually no open space) on the people who interact with these subdivisions."

Anne also enjoys teaching, and is learning that teaching undergraduates brings with it a whole new set of challenges. In Winter 1999, she will again co-teach Wildland Recreation and Amenities Management.

On the personal side, Anne says, "Outside of work, Alex and I are keeping busy settling into our new (old) home. In addition, we both delight in discovering new places to hike and, when the weather is just too drippy, I enjoy doing art projects and playing guitar."

Faculty News

Remarks by Jim Agee were featured in a December 26, 1998 Seattle P-I article, "Study over future of national forests erupts into squabble." Jim is a member of a committee of thirteen scientists appointed a year ago to help set the future course of the national forests.

Bruce Bare attended the SAF National Convention held September 19-23, 1998 in Traverse City, MI. While there, he summarized recent College events for about twenty CFR alums at an evening gathering. The group was also entertained with stories from alum Bill Hagenstein ’38.

Sally Brown was appointed Research Associate in the Ecosystem Sciences Division, effective October 1, 1998.

Ivan Eastin was cited in a December 8, 1998 article in The Oregonian (Portland, OR) on the Asian economic crisis and its impact on timber marketing. Ivan has also been appointed to serve on the Advisory Board for the Wood Materials and Engineering Laboratory at WSU.

Bob Edmonds was cited in a December 1, 1998, Seattle Times feature article on fungi’s role in the ecosystem. Bob also reported in a December 7, 1998 Seattle P-I article on Asian air pollution in the Pacific Northwest that he and his team of researchers have found strong evidence that Asian air pollution is already significant enough to adversely affect streams in the Pacific Northwest region. (See Staff Reports for an overview of this research project.)

Don Hanley reports the publication in August, 1998, of "Fertilizing Eastern Washington Coniferous Forests: A Guide for Nonindustrial Private Forest Landowners." The WSU Cooperative Extension bulletin prepared by collaborating WSU and industry scientists is a companion publication for "Fertilizing Coastal Douglas-fir Forests," published in 1995.

Clem Hamilton served as guest columnist for the November 4, 1998 issue of University Herald, writing on the Arboretum Master Plan.

Tom Hinckley presented a talk entitled "Trees and Water Balance" at the Western Forestry and Conservation Association meeting on October 27, 1998. Tom also was quoted in a November 24, 1998 New York Times Science feature, "Clues to Redwoods’ Mighty Growth Emerge in Fog."

Phil Hurvitz was appointed Lecturer Part-time in the Management and Engineering Division, effective September 16, 1998. Phil’s primary appointment continues to be GIS Specialist.

Bruce Lippke made a presentation on the economic aspects of various riparian conservation strategies at the Western Forestry and Conservation Association meeting, October 27, 1998.

Wildlife faculty Dave Manuwal, John Marzluff and Marco Restani are currently planning a course, ESC 459, for which they will lead a group of wildlife students to Yellowstone National Park and parts of Idaho during the spring break. In Yellow-stone, they will examine the ecology and conservation issues associated with fire, elk, bald and golden eagles, grizzly bears, gray wolf, and bison.

Chad Oliver presented a talk at the Western Forestry and Conservation Association Meeting, October 27, 1998. He spoke on biological and management science and technology in riparian zones.

Dave L. Peterson announces the publication of Ecological Scale: Theory and Application, in the series "Complexity in Ecological Systems" from Columbia University Press. The book, co-edited with V. Thomas Parker, synthesizes a diverse literature on scale in ecology with contributions from scholars and resource managers in disciplines including soil science, plant ecology, animal ecology, and aquatic ecology.

Sarah Reichard attended the annual meeting of the Center for Plant Conservation in Santa Barbara, CA in October, 1998. Sarah also organized the first lecture in the Rare Plant Preservation Program on October 14, 1998, which featured speakers from the Center for Plant Conservation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Eric Turnblom reports the following new publications:

Kimball, B.A., Turnblom, E.C., Nolte, D.L., Griffin, D.L., Engeman, R.M. 1998. Effects of Thinning and Nitrogen Fertilization on Sugars and Terpenes in Douglas-Fir Vascular Tissues: Implications for Black Bear Foraging. Forest Science. 44:599-602.

Wensel, Lee C., Turnblom, Eric C. 1998. Adjustment of estimated tree growth rates in northern California conifers for changes in precipitation levels. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 28:1241-1247.

Jeremy Wilson was appointed Affiliate Assistant Professor of Forest Resources in the Management and Engineering Division, effective December 1, 1998.

Kathy Wolf was invited to attend and present information about open space planning in Seattle’s Chinatown International District at "The Best of the West Summit", a conference to discuss common challenges and share solutions in urban and community forestry, held in San Francisco, CA, September 16-18, 1998. More recently, Kathy represented CUH at a dedication ceremony for the painted freeway columns in the district.

Also, kudos to Kathy for developing a set of fact sheets on her research interests and projects. Encouraging researchers to develop a portfolio of fact sheets for public information and fundraising efforts has been a project of the College’s External Initiatives Incubator Team that will become a priority during Winter 1999. Kathy’s fact sheets can be found on the web at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/Faculty/Wolf/index.html.

And don’t forget — Kathy has new digs in Room 5, Anderson Hall (phone 616-5758). Stop by and say hello!

John Wott continues to write a monthly column in Balls and Burlap, the Washington State Nursery and Landscape newsletter. During Autumn 1998, he wrote two plant profile sections for Nursery Management, quarterly reports for the Arboretum Foundation Bulletin, and has been quoted in two American Nurseryman review articles.

Weihuan Xu was appointed Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Management and Engineering Division, effective September 16, 1998.

Faculty Reports

Phil Hurvitz, Lecturer, reports that CFR 250 has been redesigned to take advantage of in-house expertise and new software developments. Phil says, "This is an introductory course in technology, focused on skills training rather than theoretical foundations. Currently, this is one of the few courses on GIS technique at the UW. The curriculum has been developed as a series of paired lectures and lessons, which cover the basic operations of GIS, using ArcView software, for which the University has a site license."

Probably the most unique feature of the course is that all of the content is posted on the Web. Students can access lecture notes and lab exercise instructions from any networked computer. This accomplishes several goals:

• students are freed from the intensive note-taking necessary for a technical course;

• lecture notes and exercise instructions can be augmented with images which explain the materials better or which show the output of processes (so students can see if they are on the right track);

• unlike printed notes or textbooks, any errors found in the curricular materials can be fixed quickly and easily;

• supplementary files needed for the course, such as spreadsheets, project files, etc., can be hyperlinked in the lecture and lesson notes;

• outside web resources can be linked into the core curricular materials; and

• paper is saved.

Developing the coursework has been time consuming, but with the bulk of the materials completed, fine-tuning, updating, and maintaining the curriculum should be easy. Phil says, "If you are interested in an example of web-based curriculum, see the CFR 250 web page at http://trees.cfr.washington.edu/~phurvitz/cfr250/

Participant in Al Wagar's Tree Climbing Clinic

Al Wagar reports on a successful tree climbing clinic that took place the Friday and Saturday before the beginning of Autumn Quarter 1998. "Whether to maintain trees, study canopy ecology, or work with species living high above the ground, some of us need to climb trees and do so safely. The Tree Climbing Clinic, with a great student-instructor ratio, (twelve students and eight professional arborists) was an ideal way to learn this skill. I worked with Rob Osborne of Sound Tree Services and with Arboretum staff Chris Pfeiffer and Lou Stubecki to set up the clinic. The class spent two days at the Washington Park Arboretum working with safety and basic climbing techniques. The students were impressed with how much they learned, especially about working safely in canopies.

Participants utilizing safety and basic climbing techniques

All of our students were able to get up into a tree the first day (not as simple as it sounds!). Further, during Friday’s heavy rain, chief instructor Rob Osborne suggested some indoor instruction on proper ropes and knots. But the students said ‘Let’s climb!’ and took to the trees in spite of the heavy downpour. Saturday’s weather was beautiful, and in addition to working with the hip-thrust technique, students tried the foot-lock technique and climbing a fixed rope with modified rock-climbing equipment. Instructors were impressed with the ‘can-do’ attitude of the students."

Tom Waggener reports that he recently completed preparation of a regional training manual "Introductory Micro and Macro Economics in Forestry: Concepts and Applications" for the Asia-Pacific Region Office of FAO/Bangkok. This work was part of the Regional Market Reform Project encompassing China, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Mongolia. The 166-page workbook will be used within the Asia-Pacific Region to extend basic market economic concepts and analysis to emerging forestry policy issues related to the introduction of market reforms. The workbook was translated into Chinese for the first Country Workshop held
December 9-12, 1998 in Beijing with about thirty-five participants from provincial forestry departments attending. Weihuan Xu, recent CFR Ph.D. graduate in Forest Economics and newly appointed Affiliate Assistant Professor, was the External Lecturer for this training course, which was conducted in Chinese. The workbook is scheduled for translation into Vietnamese, Burmese, and Mongolian for use in similar training courses during the first half of 1999 within the other project countries."

"The workbook complements the major report that I prepared for FAO, ‘Status of Forest Products Pricing under Reforms towards Market Economies: China, Mongolia, Myanmar and Vietnam.’ That report identified current market practices and status of reforms, and major policy issues facing the individual countries and the Asian Region in the transition from centrally-planned to market economies."

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