Forestry Leadership Speaker Series

Forestry Leadership Speaker Series


We face continually shifting demands on our forests and on the expectations of our faculty and graduates. To galvanize energy and ideas around the opportunities ahead, the College of Forestry is initiating conversation with leaders from academia, agencies, and industry to hear diverse perspectives on where forestry -- and forestry education -- is headed. These conversations should inform decision making within and beyond the college, and support us as we manage change, identify future leaders and champions, and sustain and grow our teaching, research, and extension programs. 

All are welcome to participate in the public presentations! We are also happy to arrange individual meetings with our speakers if you are interested in a smaller conversation.
Contact: Adrienne Wonhof, 541.737.4279.


Wednesday, November 29: Dr. Dennis Becker
Director-Policy Analysis Group and Associate Professor of Natural Resources & Society, University of Idaho 

Dennis Becker

Dennis Becker returned to the University of Idaho in 2015 as an associate professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Society. He specializes in natural resource policy evaluation, and analysis of the social and economic impacts of natural resource management on public lands. He received a doctorate in natural resource sciences from the University of Idaho in 2002, was a Resources for the Future Fellow, Fulbright Fellow, postdoctoral fellow with the USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station and before joining the Policy Analysis Group was an associate professor at the University of Minnesota.


Thursday & Friday, December 7-8: Dr. Linda M. Nagel
Professor & Department Head, Forest & Rangeland Stewardship, Warner College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University   

Linda Nagel

Linda Nagel is Professor of Silviculture and Department Head for the Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department in the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. Prior to this she was Professor of Silviculture in the Department of Forest Resources, and Director of Operations of the Cloquet Forestry Center and the Hubachek Wilderness Research Center at the University of Minnesota. From 2000-2013 she was a silviculture professor at Michigan Technological University where she directed and taught a semester-long field practicum for undergraduate and graduate students. Her research focuses on developing adaptive silvicultural strategies for multiple objectives, fostering adaptive ecosystems to a changing climate, forest vegetation dynamics, and habitat restoration. Linda has directed and taught professional training courses for 15 years, including the National Advanced Silviculture Program for the USDA Forest Service, BIA, and BLM. She has degrees from South Dakota State University (BS, Biology), Washington State University (MS, Natural Resource Sciences), and the University of Montana (PhD, Forestry). 


Thursday & Friday, January 18-19: Dr. C. Rhett Jackson 
Professor of Hydrology, Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, University of Georgia 

C. Rhett Jackson

Dr. Jackson’s research examines the effects of human land use activities, specifically forestry, agriculture, and urbanization, on water quality and aquatic habitat. He conducts applied research into the effectiveness of best management practices (BMPs) in reducing nonpoint pollution, and his work has influenced the development of BMPs for forestry and urban development. His basic research into hillslope hydrologic processes informs his research on the fate and transport of nonpoint pollutants. For example, his recent findings on the relative role of shallow lateral subsurface flow in hillslopes have implications for understanding and modeling the transport of dissolved pollutants like nitrate nitrogen. A particular current interest of his is the relationship between riparian vegetation, channel structure, and stream temperature. Given that BMPs are never fully effective, he has lately pondered the question, “How much water quality and habitat change is too much?” His work is trans-disciplinary, and he frequently collaborates with ecologists, animal biologists, and biogeochemists. Dr. Jackson earned BSE and MSE degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Duke University and a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Washington. He is a Professor of Hydrology in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia where he started as an Assistant Professor in 1997. 


Monday, February 5: C. Court Stanley 
President- Forestry Divisions, Port Blakely Court Stanley

By age 12, Court was passionate about forestry and knew it would be his life’s work. He began his career more than 40 years ago, first as a cruiser, then as a forest engineer in Southeast Alaska. As President of US Forestry and NZ Forestry at Port Blakely, Court ensures that operations align with the company’s mission, vision and values. Court serves as the President of the Washington Forest Protection Association (WFPA). He also is Board Chairman of Wilcox Family Farms, a 100-year-old sustainable farm, and sits on the Board of Trustees at Saint Martin’s University. Court is a skilled woodworker, able to handcraft just about anything, and enjoys boating and hiking, even more when his family accompanies him. He holds a bachelor’s degree in forest engineering from the University of Washington.