Current Visiting Scholars

Visiting scholars and interns come to OSU to collaborate with our faculty and conduct cutting edge research in many aspects of forestry. We welcome visitors from Asia, Europe, South America, the Middle East, and many more places to study everything from cross-laminated timber to seedlings to social implications of forestry.

 (In order of most recent arrival)




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Xiaona Li

(FES, Thomas DeLuca)

Xiaona is an associate professor at the School of Karst science, Guizhou Normal University, China. Her key research area is bryophyte ecology (including bryophyte-cyanobacterial associations, bryophyte functional traits, and moss soil crusts) especially in degraded karst ecosystems. As a visiting scholar at OSU, Dr. Xiaona Li will be collaborating with Dr. Thomas DeLuca on Nitrogen fixation of bryophyte-cyanobacterial associations. Once returns home, she plans to reveal the ecological functions of bryophytes in degraded karst ecosystems more deeply and comprehensively, and hopes to use bryophytes on the restoration of degraded karst ecosystems in near future. 

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Okan Urker

(FES, Michael Nelson)

Okan Urker is an Assistant Professor at Çankırı Karatekin University in Türkiye. As a conservation ecologist & social environmentalist, Okan has been advocating for nature through science by bringing together different stakeholders from academia to civil society, from the public to the private sector, to conserve Türkiye’s nature. In this process, Okan implements untested conservation strategies by blending pure sciences and social sciences, or develops tried but incomplete strategies.As a visiting scholar, he will collaborate with Professor Michael P. Nelson to finish a twelve months post-doc research titled as “A World on Fire: Practices of Cognitive Preparedness for Massive Forest Fires with an Interdisciplinary Approach from Ecology, Ethics, Climate Change Perspectives”. 

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Marcia Cristina Branciforti

(WSE, Islam Hafez)

Marcia is an Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Engineering, School of Engineering of Sao Carlos, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She has experience in Materials Engineering and Metallurgy, with emphasis on polymers, applications, mainly in the following areas: biomaterials, bio(nano)composites, morphology, processing-structure-properties correlation, polymeric composites, additive manufacturing, and TRM for technology alignment and product planning from waste.

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Chen Li

(WSE, Seri C. Robinson)

Chen is an associate professor at the Northeast Forestry University, China. Her key research areas include forest engineering, biomass materials, furniture materials, etc. As a visiting scholar in the WSE department, she will be joining Dr. Seri Robinson's lab to research the Forest-based Bio-Products and Wood Mycology, particularly wood dyeing with fungi. Her research interest is improving the performance of bio-dyed wood and applying it to furniture products.




Yuzhe Wang

(FES, Thomas DeLuca)

Yuzhe is an associate professor at the Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University in Fuzhou, China. His key research areas include biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nutrients in forest ecosystems, fire ecology and restoration of degraded ecosystems. He conducts research project about fire-deposited pyrogenic carbon and soil quality recovery in plantation forests subjected to broadcast burning in south China. As a visiting scholar at OSU, Dr. Yuzhe Wang will be working with Dr. Tom DeLuca to investigate the effects of fire severity and fire recurrence on pyrogenic carbon production in temperate coniferous forests.






Ender Bugday

(FERM, Bogdan Strimbu)

Ender is an associate professor at Çankırı Karatekin University's Faculty of Forestry in Türkiye. He has received training in Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). He earned his PhD in Forestry Engineering from Çankırı Karatekin University (Türkiye). He has worked as an academic specializing in UAVs and image processing. In recent years, Ender has focused his research on the balance between science and nature. He has worked in interdisciplinary environments with his studies on Geomatics, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, forest harvesting and road route planning, new approaches to forest road planning, landslide susceptibility, and the use of UAVs in forest engineering. As a visiting scholar at OSU, Ender is collaborating with Dr. Bogdan Strimbu on the application of LiDAR technology to determine alternative routes for forest roads.






Huiyan Qin

(FES, Rajat Panwar)

Huiyan is a lecturer at Northeast Forestry University, China. As a lecturer, she teaches undergraduate courses in ecological economics, regional economics, and forestry economics. She currently supervises 13 graduate students, and 12 peer-reviewed papers have been published. As a visiting scholar, she is collaborating with Dr. Panwar Rajat to investigate the relationship between ecological protection and social development of national parks, with particular emphasis on: 1) the relationship between forest ecosystems and resident well-being; 2) the effect of ecological measures by national parks on the local resident’s livelihoods; and 3) perception of local residents on the building of national parks.






Lingbo Dong

(FERM, Woodam Chung)

Lingbo is currently an Associate Professor at the Northeast Forestry University, China. He has a rich background in sustainable forest management. To date, approximately 50 peer-reviewed papers and four authored books have been published. As a visiting scholar, he will collaborate with Dr. Woodam Chung to grasp the complex interactions between forest management and carbon balance of natural and planted forests, and also try to develop some user-friendly tools for forest managers and policymakers if mitigating climate change is one of their management objectives.






Erick Jonathan Lavado Esteban 

(FES, Loren Albert) 

Erick is a PhD student in Tropical Forest Science at the department of Forest Management, Plant Ecology Lab, at the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA), Manaus-Brazil. His current research focuses on evaluating the modulating effect of local hydrological environments (shallow vs deep water table areas) on the photosynthetic capacity and stem growth of abundant species in the Amazon. As a visiting scholar at OSU, he will perform analysis and modelling of a large field-based data collected in recent years in Amazonian forests on climate, soil water availability, and plant functional traits, to understand their single and combined effects on the photosynthetic capacity and monthly diameter growth of trees under the supervision of Dr. Loren Albert. 





Murat Özmen

(FERM, Woodam Chung)

Murat is a civil engineer and PhD student in forest engineering at Istanbul University - Cerrahpasa. As a visiting scholar, he is collaborating with Dr. Woodam Chung on the evaluation of the earthwork volume calculation of a forest road by using LIDAR SLAM point cloud data and BIM methodology. He has worked as the Infrastructure Team Leader and Autodesk Certified Instructor at Autodesk's Platinum Reseller Arkance Turkiye for 17 years and trained more than 2000 people on BIM software such as Civil 3D, Infraworks, etc. Murat has also provided consulting on dozens of transportation, mining, and infrastructure projects. He is a cinephile and the father of two.



 Amandine Gasc


Amandine Gasc

(FES, Matt Betts)

Amandine Gasc has a background in ecology and biological conservation with a particular interest in the acoustic component of the natural environment. She obtained her Ph.D. at the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle of Paris working on the analysis and monitoring of animal biodiversity using passive acoustics. She pursued her research at Purdue University for three years in the Center for Global Soundscapes focusing on the application of soundscape analysis to detect environmental disturbances. Today, her work focuses on developing, testing, and discussing acoustic methods for natural area management.




Past International Visitors




Mathias Legue

(FERM, Carlos Gonzalez-Benecke)

Mathias is a forest engineering senior student at the University of Aysen, Chile. He has collaborated as a research assistant for his professor Dr. Daniel Soto, studying the diversity of insects and plants in the temperate forests of the Aysen region, Chilean Patagonia. He has also actively participated as Vice-Director of CONECIFM, an organization that brings together all the forest engineering students in Chile and carries out activities such as environmental education and volunteering to help the native forests of the country.






Manuel Esteban Lucas Borja

(FERM, Kevin Bladon)

Since 2005, Manuel has been working on different research projects and teaching activities at Castilla La Mancha University (Spain). He developed his doctoral thesis in the Cuenca Mountains working on Spanish black pine (Pinus nigra Arn. ssp salzmannii) natural regeneration and sustainable forest management. He has also spent time in different European and national universities and research institutes. His core interests are ecological forest restoration; effects of post-fire management strategies on forest plant biodiversity, soil properties, and ecosystem function; soil erosion; hydrological behavior and sediment connectivity in contrasting landscapes; and forest ecosystem management under the sustainability and multifunctionality forestry principles within the context of climate change.

For more information on Manuel’s research, teaching, and publications, visit his blog: Manuel Esteban Lucas Borja (






Lukas Sommerauer

(WSE, Gerald Presley)

Lukas is junior researcher at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences and a PhD student at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, at the Department of Materials Science and Process Engineering. His research is focused on wood modification, tannin-based wood preservatives, and development of bio-based polymers. As a visiting scholar at OSU he will be joining Dr. Gerald Presley's lab and is pursuing ways to modify bioactive compounds from extracts of bark biomass using enzymatic hydrolysis to make them more useful, for example, for application as wood preservatives.






Yuchen Chen

(WSE, Lech Muszynski)

Yuchen is a PhD student majoring in wood engineering and bio-based materials at the department of Wood and Forest Sciences at Laval University, Canada. Her current research focuses on modelling the hygrothermal performance of bio-based building envelopes in different climates. As a visiting scholar at OSU Wood Science and Engineering she will perform the integration of modelling and empirical measurement of heat and mass (moisture) transfer through structural mass timber wall and floor assemblies and the hygro-mechanical effects of moisture transfer through these assemblies under the supervision of Dr. Lech Muszynski.






Yamina Aimene

(WSE, John Nairn)

Dr. Aimene Yamina is an Associate Professor at Martinique Institute of Technology – University of French West Indies and its L3MA Laboratory (France). Yamina’s field of expertise is computational mechanics applied to finite deformations. She’s been collaborating with Dr. John Nairn for more than 12 years on the development of advanced mechanical concepts in the material point method and their implementation to solve a variety of industrial problems including many wood applications. Yamina spent 3 years (2012 – 2015) at Wood Science & Engineering, College of Forestry, OSU, as a visiting scholar. This long-term relationship resulted in many collaborations, with John visiting Yamina's Lab in February 2019. Now Yamina is returning to OSU this summer for few weeks. Many publications resulted from this collaboration.






Miloň Dvořák

(Swiss Needle Cast Cooperative - Adam Carson, Dave Shaw, & Gabriela Ritokova)

Miloň was born in 1981 in České Budějovice (Budweis, like the original Budweiser beer), Czech Republic. He studied Forestry Engineering at Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic, from 2000-2005. Since his Master’s degree and through the doctoral studies, he has been focused on fungal diseases of forest trees, especially the Dutch elm disease, which he monitored through the whole country and identified with molecular methods. He has also been dealing with infection tests of various tree pathogens and detection of these pathogens in the air for the purpose of revealing the pathogens' biology. Since 2021, Miloň has been working as an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology, teaching about tree pathogens and their investigation. His visit to OSU is focused on assistance with sampling the spores of the parasitic fungus Nothophaeocryptopus gaeumannii, responsible for Swiss needle cast of the Douglas fir.






Leticia Botella Sánchez

(Swiss Needle Cast Cooperative - Adam Carson, Dave Shaw, & Gabriela Ritokova)

Leticia has developed her scientific career in the field of plant and forest pathology. Although she is interested in all the aspects and factors involved in plant and tree pathosystems – from the molecular to the ecological level – she is mostly focused on the field of mycovirology. She studies the occurrence and diversity of mycoviruses and their influence on the biology, phylogeny, and evolution of different tree pathogenic fungi and oomycetes.

Leticia is also the grant-awarding coordinator of the COST Action Urban Tree Guard, a pan-European and international network of scientists and stakeholders trying to increase awareness, shared knowledge, and improved tools and strategies to protect urban trees against damage caused by pests and pathogens.



 Fatemeh Rezaei


Fatemeh Rezaei

(WSE, Lech Muszynski)

Fatemeh is a PhD student and research assistant at the department of Wood Processing and Biomaterials, Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague. Her current research focuses on the gluing properties of wood after CO2 laser cut. After receiving her master’s degree at Bern University of Life Science, Switzerland, she gained broader knowledge of wood bonding phenomenon and modified adhesive to achieve a high bonding quality. She is knowledgeable about the production of wood plastic composite, wood-based panels, and thermal modification of wood. With the current industry focus on cross laminated timber (CLT) as a lightweight building material, Fatemeh will conduct research entitled “Understanding the effect of lamination thickness variations on bond integrity in CLT” as a student intern under the supervision of Dr. Lech Muszynski.




Juan Paritsis

(FES, Meg Krawchuk)

Juan Paritsis is a researcher at the Institute of Research on Biodiversity and the Environment (from the Argentinean Research Council, CONICET) in Bariloche, Argentina. He conducts research in forest ecology in Patagonia with emphasis on wildfire and invasive species. He obtained his PhD at the University of Colorado at Boulder on forest insect outbreak dynamics and climate change. He is currently a Fulbright fellow visiting Dr. Meg Krawchuk’s lab and working on a project that will evaluate the hazard and the risk of fire in current and future pine plantations and invasions in Patagonia based on their traits and location.




Nicolò Anselmetto

(FES, Matt Betts)

Nicolò is a PhD student in forest landscape ecology at the Department of Agriculture, Forest and Food, University of Turin (Italy). His PhD research is focused on the synergic effects of climate change and land-use change on forest structure and composition. He works with distribution models, climate data, and remote sensing data to analyze spatiotemporal patterns of change, mainly on mountain forest ecosystems. He will be joining Dr. Matt Betts' lab to work with bird distribution and the interaction between forests, climate change, and land-use change.



Baris Tecimen


Baris Tecimen

(FERM, Jeff Hatten)

Huseyin Baris Tecimen is a teaching and research academic in the Faculty of Forestry at Istanbul University, Turkey. His research interests include soil biogeochemistry, greenhouse gas fluxes from soil, soil-plant relationships, soil protection in the context of land use, soil microbial ecology and fire ecology in forest, mountain, agricultural and wetland ecosystems. His MS and PhD theses address reclamation of recently abandoned open coal mine residuals and re-establishment of ultimately degraded forest ecosystems. He has worked as CoPI in several TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) projects as a research scientist investigating soil productivity, growth relations of black pine, the microfungal flora of orchid species in Turkey and plant community composition and edaphic factors. Baris has conducted research at Munich Technical University, University of Vermont, University of Florida, and now Oregon State University, where he will collaborate with Dr. Jeff Hatten on soil quality and nutrient budget recovery after long and short term natural and prescribed fires in the Blue Mountains.



 Luis Prato Visiting Scholar


Luis Antonio Prato Escárate

(WSE, Seri Robinson)

Luis is an associate professor at the Faculty of Arts at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago). He studied Visual Arts, Art Pedagogy and Aesthetics. He received his PhD in Fine Arts at the Barcelona University (Spain). He has worked as a Visual Artist, specializing in sculpture and photography. In recent years he has focused his artistic work on the relationship between art, science and nature, working in interdisciplinary environments with Hydraulic Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Poetry, Sociology and Heritage Studies. He is interested in researching the action of fungi on wood from a scientific as well as an artistic perspective. He is collaborating with Dr. Seri Robinson in WSE on spalted wood and scientific woodturning.


Pedro Belavenutti


Pedro Belavenutti

(FERM, Woodam Chung)

Pedro Belavenutti is a postdoc at the Technical University of Madrid. He is here in the FERM department working with Dr. Woody Chung, joining a joint US Forest Service-OSU research project focusing on ecosystem management strategies. He is working on developing forest economic models and spatial optimization techniques to help analyze tradeoffs amongst various forest management goals and both a regional and national scale.




Christian Kanzian

(FERM, Woodam Chung)

Christian is an assistant professor for Forest Operations Research at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria (BOKU). His scientific interests focus on timber harvest planning including cable yarding operations, operations research, multi-objective optimization, energy wood supply, logistics, modeling and simulation and transport economics. In addition to soliciting and managing research projects in the mentioned areas of interest, he teaches Technical Drawing with CAD for undergradaute students and Timber Harvesting, Energy Timber Supply Systems, and Systems Engineering in Timber Harvesting for master students at BOKU.

Christian is a permanent member of the organization committee of the International Symposium on Forestry Mechanization. In this role he will participate in organizing the 2022 COFE-FORMEC-IUFRO Conference during his visit. He will collaborate with Dr. Woodam Chung on research activities related to cable-assisted timber harvesting at OSU. More information on his research can be found on ORCID and Google Scholar.


Jaakko Torvinen, Finnish Architect 

Jaakko Torvinen

(Thompson Timber)

Jaakko Torvinen is a rising architect in Finland, and instructor at Aalto University in Helsinki, focused on sustainable building and wood structures. His most important work is the design and execution of Pikku-Finlandia, a temporary transportable wooden 2700m2 building in central Helsinki to replace Finlandia Hall, the landmark building by Alvar Aalto, during its three-year renovation. Pikku-Finlandia specialty is the use of whole trees as load-bearing columns.

Torvinen relates, "While I was wading in the snowy forest to choose pine trees to be those columns I knew I had chosen the right profession. I started teaching at Aalto University as a University Teacher at Wood Architecture same time I graduated. Before architecture studies I worked as a real estate agent. My diverse work history gives me a broad perspective on design. I applied to study architecture because I wanted a creative profession with which I could make an impact on the world." He has also received  honorary mention in the International Architectural Competition for the Sara Hildén Art Museum.



Yuly L. Caicedo Ortiz

(FES, Matt Betts & John Alexander)

Yuly L. Caicedo Ortiz is a biologist from the University of Nariño-Colombia and a Master of Conservation and Wildlife Management from the National University of Costa Rica. She is a Colombian researcher and a member of Selva: Research for Conservation in the Neotropics. Her research is focused on migratory birds using different study techniques, including bird banding. Yuly has conducted research on migratory bird ecology, such as stopover habitat and movement routes through the Motus system in Colombia and Central America. She is happy and excited to participate in the Klamath Bird Observatory's bird monitoring and training program during her time at OSU to improve her skills and study advanced-level bird banding, bander training, bird and habitat survey methods, and project management.



Ben Howes

(FES, Matt Betts)

Ben is a PhD Student in community and landscape ecology in the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London. His research is focused on understanding how large-scale landscape changes such as deforestation and fragmentation affect ecological communities. He works with complex system models as well as big data to understand the mechanisms driving community composition change at the global level. He will be joining Dr. Matt Betts' lab to work with datasets of all taxa, looking to assess how the often-overlooked open area species are responding to fragmentation of their habitat, and how this may differ latitudinally.

Burak Aricak, visiting scholar from Turkeu 

Burak Aricak

(FERM, Michael Wing)

Burak Aricak is an associate professor at the Bursa Technical University in Bursa, Turkey. His scientific interests focus on forest harvesting and transportation, GIS and remote sensing applications in forestry. As a visiting scholar at OSU, he will collaborate with Dr. Michael Wing, associate professor in the FERM department, studying the effects of mechanical production tools on soil deformation. The rut depths created during the harvesting of forest products will be evaluated using high-resolution images produced by UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles). More information on his research and teaching can be found at his university profile and collection of scholarly work. He hopes to identify opportunities for collaboration and open a bridge between Turkey and Oregon.

Isaac Nyarko 

Isaac Nyarko

(WSE, Scott Leavengood)

Isaac Nyarko is a Ghanaian and a Ph.D. student at the Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague in Europe. His Ph.D. study is on Wood Processing and Forest Machinery with a focus on the analysis of the sustainability of production processes and proposal of indicators of sustainable development in the forest bioeconomy. His research aims to develop a methodology for assessing sustainability in the production chain of forestry and timber companies. He has five years of working experience in the forestry sector and is currently doing a teaching assistantship at the Department of Forestry and Building Technologies at the Czech University of Life Sciences. He also holds an M.Sc. in Forestry Engineering with a major in Tropical Forestry and Agroforestry from the same university where he is pursuing his doctorate. He is at OSU for an exchange program as a student intern and will be working with Dr. Scott Leavengood in WSE.

Fabiana Lopes de Oliveira


Fabiana Lopes de Oliveira

(WSE, Ari Sinha)

Fabiana Lopes de Oliveira is a professor of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of São Paulo in Brazil. Her research is in Architectural Technology, with an emphasis on the performance of innovative construction systems and durability assessment of cross-laminated timber (CLT), which only started being manufactured in Brazil in 2012 and has only one known producer to date. As a Fulbright Scholar, her exchange at the College of Forestry will focus on multi-climatic exposure of CLT, work that is needed to foster mainstream confidence in CLT as a building material. She will be collaborating with Dr. Ari Sinha to learn about CLT production and research in the Pacific Northwest and establish the relevance of this work to growing industry interest in Brazil.

 Alexander Ccoycca Leon


Alexander Ccoycca Leon

(WSE, Seri Robinson)

Alexander Ccoycca Leon is a visiting artist from Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios, Peru. He is a carpenter and cabinetmaker by profession, something he has practiced since he was very young. While at OSU, he will be working with Dr. Seri Robinson to learn more about wood science and inoculating colors into wood with fungi for use in woodturning. He also hopes to learn more about construction systems for wooden houses and to meet others who share his passion for woodcraft.

Bruno Almeida Aparício

(WSE, Woodam Chung)

Bruno Almeida Aparício is a PhD student from the University of Lisbon, Portugal. He is working with Dr. Woody Chung and in collaboration with the US Forest Service. His research focuses on wildfire risk management, namely on multi-scenario analysis to assess and prioritize fuel reduction options. 



Viktor Myroniuk
(FES, David Bell)
Viktor Myroniuk is an associate professor at the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine. As a Fulbright Visiting Scholar, he is collaborating with Dr. David Bell and his colleagues on a forest mapping project in Ukraine using forest inventory and remote sensing data. His research is focused on implementation of the nearest neighbors imputation technique in Google Earth Engine cloud computing platform to reveal long-term forest dynamics and fragmentation in Ukraine. The project is also aimed to discover some specific features of forest cover change in Ukraine following the collapse of the Soviet Union and implementation of the NWFP in Oregon.


Victor Armando Sanchez Gonzalez 

(FES, John Alexander)


Victor Armando Sanchez Gonzalez is currently studying Environmental Sciences in Baja California Sur, Mexico where he is a student at the Laboratorio UABCs de Aves. Victor’s research focus is ornithology and bird conservation.  While in Oregon, Victor will be working with the Klamath Bird Observatory’s long-term monitoring and bird-bander training program where he will gain a certificate as an NABC Bander. Once he returns home, Victor hopes to assist in establishing the first banding station of land birds in Baja and use his skills gained here to work as an instructor, field trainer, and station manager. In his free time, Victor loves to spend time outdoors and  doing any activities related to nature.




Magdalena Kacprzyk 

(FERM, David Shaw)

Magdalena Kacprzyk is an assistant professor at the University of Agriculture in Krakow, Poland. Her scientific interests focus on bark beetle biology, ecology and protection in forest management. She conducts studies relating to the improvement of techniques for reducing the occurrence of harmful bark beetles pests based on innovative techniques for gender identification as well as analysis of the impact of logging residue utilization methods on the development and reproductive success of insects. The ecological aspects of her work include the impact of dead wood quality and quantity structure and fires on entomofauna biodiversity. As a visiting scholar at OSU, she will collaborate with Prof. David Shaw of FERM studying ecological perspectives of native and non-native Scolytinae in Northwest America and Poland. During her stay she will acquire knowledge in the field of ecology of invasive bark and ambrosia beetles occurring in the Northwest U.S. and Poland, their role in ecosystems, and current legislation for trade in live plants, plant protection and phytosanitary control. Her research visit will be a great opportunity to discuss of the causes and consequences of biological invasions and compare plant protection management strategies between Northwest U.S. and Poland.




Paola Torres 

(WSE, Gerald Presley)

Paola is an OSU alumna and postdoctoral researcher at Selvaceutica, a natural cosmetics company in Colombia. Her research at Selvaceutica focuses on the bioconversion of agro-industrial waste using tropical decomposition fungi and she also leads projects on circular bioeconomy and bio-based cosmetics. Additionally, Paola teaches Wood Sciences and Forest Products in the Department of Forest Engineering at the Universidad del Cauca, Colombia. She is here to work with Dr. Gerald Presley on Lignocellulolytic enzymes from tropical and temperate fungi using solid fermentation.



Stefano Alberti

(FERM, Ben Leshchinsky)

Stefano is a research fellow working with Dr. Ben Leshchinsky on geotechnical engineering and landslide mechanisms, kinematics, and dynamics. He holds a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences and Engineering Geology from the University of Milano-Bicocca, where he studied the entire process of landslide phenomena, starting from geological settings, through monitoring and mechanical characterization till the numerical modeling of several landslides, e.g. Mont de La Saxe landslide in the Aosta Valley, Italy. He also completed a period as visiting researcher at Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) at Kyoto University, Japan and one year of researcher fellowship at Politecnico di Milano, Italy.

Student intern


Alberto Dalle Vedove
(WSE, Mariapaola Riggio)
Alberto is an Italian student of construction engineering and architecture in University of Trento. Currently, he’s developing a building system based on prefabricated load-bearing timber furniture for his master’s degree thesis, with the help of Professor Mariapaola Riggio of Wood Science & Engineering department and Prof. Maurizio Piazza of University of Trento.

Jorge de Matos


Jorge de Matos

(WSE, Dr. Laurence Schimleck)

Jorge Luis Monteiro de Matos is a professor of Wood Science and Technology at the Federal University of Paraná in Brazil. He is here to work with Dr. Laurence Schimleck on several projects involving searching for new value-added applications for reforested wood. Dr. Monteiro de Matos’ research focuses on wood quality, non-destructive techniques for wood quality evaluations, and the influence of genetic improvement and silvicultural and forest management on wood properties


Min Lei

(WSE, Rakesh Gupta)

Min Lei is an assistant professor of civil engineering at the Central South University of Forestry and Technology in China. Her research currently focuses on bamboo-masonry and wood-concrete composites as well as structural wood engineering. She is here working with Dr. Rakesh Gupta and is hoping to establish a partnership between OSU and her home university. They will be working on Dr. Gupta’s current program “Load paths and system behavior in wood-framed residential structures”.


Guilherme Barbirato

(WSE, Arijit Sinha)

Guilherme Barbirato is a PhD student coming to us from the Materials Engineering and Science program at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. He will be here under the supervision of Dr. Arijit Sinha in the department of Wood Science and Engineering. He will be working to characterize a composite material developed at his university using some of the specialized lab equipment and facilities here at OSU.

Xin Chen


Xin Chen

(WSE, Eric Hansen)

Xin Chen is a Ph.D student at Northwestern Polytechnical University in China and will be here under the supervision of Dr. Eric Hansen. She is here at OSU to work on her dissertation research in the relationship between corporate social responsibility and employees performance. She hopes to promote communication on CSR research in forestry industry. 


Daun Ryu

(FERM, Woodam Chung)

Daun is a Ph.D. Student from South Korea. She will be here at OSU working with Dr. Woody Chung on a joint project between OSU and her home university, Seoul National University. The project will focus on forest vegetation simulation models and how to incorporate them into a forest planning decision-making support system. With previous degrees in Forest Environmental Science and Forest Resources, her research focuses primarily on forest mechanisms.


Qin Xiong

(FES, Steve Strauss)

Qin is an assistant professor at Nanjing Forestry University, China. Her research is focused on the molecular processes that fungi and pathogens use to establish and maintain symbiotic relationships with plant hosts, particularly how virulence proteins are secreted from pathogens to manipulate physiological processes in host cells in order to infect a host. While at OSU, she will be working with Dr. Steve Strauss in the FES Department to engineer functional genomics in poplar and eucalyptus



Ekena R. Pinagé

(FES, David Bell)

Ekena is originally from Brazil and is working on her PhD in Sciences at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. As a visiting scholar at OSU, she is collaborating with Dr. David Bell (FES Dept/USFS) and his colleagues in the Landscape Ecology, Modeling, Mapping & Analysis group regarding remote sensing of vegetation structure and composition.

Her research topic is the effects of disturbance in tropical forests structure and function. Prior to starting her PhD program, she had work experiences in the environmental area in WWF-Brazil, the Brazilian Forest Service and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation.


Francisco Mauro Gutierrez

(FERM, Temesgen Hailemariam)

Francisco is a visiting researcher from Spain, whose main research objective is finding suitable and efficient methodologies for forest inventories assisted with remotely sensed auxiliary information. Within this broad topic, he is specially dedicated to applications of Small Area Estimation methods to forest inventories that use LiDAR as auxiliary information to derive reliable estimates for forest attributes in the BLM Owned lands of Southwestern Oregon. His personal interests include cooking, fishing, coffee, watching movies, and basketball.


Meelis Teder

(WSE, Eric Hansen)

Dr. Meelis Teder is a researcher and Fulbright scholar from Estonia. During his time at OSU, he will be collaborating with Dr. Eric Hansen to analyze foreign trade data to determine the innovativeness and competitiveness of forest and wood products industries worldwide, and to find how global or local economic crises affect the ranking results of production and trade of specific forest sector related wood-based products (e.g. coniferous sawn wood, various wood-based panels, or specific products such as pre-fabricated wooden buildings).  He also aims to further develop existing research methods in this field and to find new strategies for wood product firms in small countries with significant forest resources.

His secondary interest is related to forest policy. In his home university, he leads a survey about ongoing process of Estonian Forest Policy formulation, its innovative processes and stakeholder satisfaction, with special emphasis on the role of scientists in policy formulation. 


 Kateryna Fedyna  

Kateryna Fedyna

(FES/USFS Visiting Scholar, Meg Krawchuk)

My name is Kateryna Fedyna. I'm a visiting scholar from Ukraine. I'm studying for a master's degree at the National University for Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine. Currently, I am modeling wildfires in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine. I'm exploring the burn probabilities, fire size, and fire behavior for this study area. I plan to use the data I received while at Dr. Meg Krawchuk's lab to write my PhD thesis. It is a uniquely valuable experience to be here to experience the scientific spirit and culture of scientists from another continent, sometimes from all over the world. For me, it's a pleasure to be here and work with professionals in my field.


Dr. Jurgen Bauhus

Jürgen Bauhus

(FES, Klaus Puettmann)

Jürgen Bauhus is Professor of Silviculture at the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources at Freiburg University, Germany, since 2003. His research focusses on structure and dynamics of forests, mixed-species forests, carbon and nutrient cycles, as well as the adaptation of forests to global change. In another role he is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board on Forest Policy at the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

More information on his research and teaching can be found here:



Gerald Page 

(FES, Chris Still)

Dr. Page hails from Australia, and has been a visiting researcher at OSU since 2017. He is a physiological ecologist who studies how plants use water and energy by combining traditional ecophysiological techniques with novel imaging methods including near-surface thermal and hyperspectral remote sensing. Gerald is particularly interested in understanding how plants survive in challenging environments. For example, how do trees cope with prolonged drought? What about infection by disease? Prior to coming to OSU, Gerald completed his PhD. at The University of Western Australia with Dr. Pauline Grierson and was a postdoc at Washington State University Vancouver with Dr. Kevan Moffett.



Martín López Aguilar

(FES, John Alexander)

Martín is an undergrad student from the University of Guadalajara located in Jalisco, Western Mexico, finishing his studies in Natural Resources and Agriculture, with a focus on bird conservation and their habitats. He has also been involved in different areas of natural resources studies, such as soil conservation and forestry. 

Martin is participating in an internship with Dr. John Alexander (FES Dept) at the Klamath Bird Observatory (KBO). Martín chose to come to KBO because it is one of the best organizations that train people to do bird studies with the highest level of ethics and technics. KBO also provides the opportunity to become certified as bird banders or trainers with the North American Banding Council, the institution in charge of bird banding ethics and guidelines.



Sergio Gómez Villaverde

(FES, John Alexander)

Sergio graduated as a biologist from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Unit Xochimilco (UAM-X) in Mexico City in 2010. Previously, he has worked at banding stations in North, Central and South America, and he is now leading bird banding courses in Mexico to share his knowledge with others with the intent to promote ethical and responsible work in bird banding stations. Sergio's interests lie in bird conservation and research, and fostering a relationship in sustainability with the indigenous communities of Mexico. He has been part of his own project with a Mixteco community in the mountains of Oaxaca, sharing information of the fauna, scouting the habitat looking for birds and the memories and histories of the people who own these lands. This project aims to promote the conservation of their shaded coffee plantations, the native forests, the language and the ancient knowledge of the flora and fauna.

In 2016 he acquired his title as NABC Certified Bander. He is currently participating in an internship with Dr. John Alexander (FES Dept) at the Klamath Bird Observatory to become a NABC Certified Trainer.



Ricardo Neto

(FERM, Bogdan Strimbu)

Ricardo is a doctoral student from Brazil working with Bogdan Strimbu in the FERM department to assess the factors influencing eucalyptus production. Specifically, building artificial neural networks for modeling eucalyptus productivity and examining the impact of forest variables such as precipitation, soil, temperature, genetic material, silvicultural treatments, etc. Ricardo intends to compile his findings and submit a paper in a forestry journal.



Guoqi Xu

(WSE, Jeffrey Morrell)

Guoqi is a lecturer from China’s Northeast Forestry University. While at OSU, she is collaborating with Jeff Morrell of WSE in a major study that examines the effects of fungal attacks on composite materials, as well as biodeterioration and wood preservation in western hemlock and true firs.



Fangfang Wan

(FERM, Anthony Davis)

Fangfang is a visiting PhD student from China. She will be working with FERM Professor Anthony Davis’s research team to study larch seedling development in relation to fall fertilization. After one year of study in Oregon, she plans to return to China and finish her doctoral degree at Beijing Forestry University (BFU). She hopes to promote communication on seedling research and nursery management between OSU and BFU. 



Julia Kachanova

(FERM, Carlos Gonzalez-Benecke)

Julia is a graduate student intern from Russia and studies at the University of Padova in Italy. She is currently working as an intern this summer in Carlos Gonzalez-Benecke’s lab. She conducts field measurements of tree seedling growth, water stress, soil moisture, vegetation cover and biomass, and seedling physiology (including stomatal conductance and photosynthesis). Julia views her internship as a valuable cultural and scientific exchange, as well as a great opportunity for her to MS thesis and collect samples for a comparative analysis.



Chelsea Uggenti

(FES, Meg Krawchuk)

Chelsea is a visiting scholar from Ontario whose specialty is in forest epidemiology, fire ecology, and statistical analysis. During her time at OSU, she is collaborating with Meg Krawchuck’s lab to perform field work on Oregon’s recent burns and theorize the effects of various ecological factors and climate change on future wildfires in Canada and the Pacific Northwest. Her aim is to collaborate with OSU faculty, students, and the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station to model wildland fires through statistical analyses, and then to apply what she learns to her home wildland fire lab in Ontario. She and Dr. Krawchuk hope to identify opportunities for collaboration and open a bridge between Canadian and Oregonian wildfire labs.


Mansour Mosallanezhad

(FERM, Ben Leshchinsky)

Mansour is an Assistant Professor at the University of Shiraz, Iran. His research primarily investigates numerical and laboratory reinforced soils, similar to that of Dr. Ben Leshchinsky in OSU’s FERM Department. They are collaborating on new research about reinforced soils. Mansour hopes to use the research conducted here at OSU in future projects at the University of Shiraz. (Curriculum Vitae)