SEFS Professor Represents Washington at ABLC Global Conference

Hisham El-Husseini, left, and Dr. Richard Gustafson stand together
at the ABLC Global Conference.

Dr. Richard Gustafson, professor at the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, and Hisham El-Husseini, a graduate student in bioresource science and engineering, represented Washington at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC Global), a conference dedicated to the most important issues in the bioeconomy. The conference was held in San Francisco.

Attending ABLC Global provides an opportunity for students to learn from and network with industry professionals, as well as participate in leadership training sessions. Students took part in information sessions and industry panels that featured representatives from Aemetis, LanzaTech, Sierra Energy, POET, Impossible Foods, and many others.

SEFS Affiliate Professor Profiled in Article about Fuel Treatments

Growing up, SEFS affiliate professor Dr. Morris Johnson thought he might join the military or be a powerlifter.

“No one really talked about going to college,” he said. “The big push for us upon high school graduation, unless you were the one best basketball player who got a scholarship, was Army, Air Force, or Marines.”

Today, he is a fire ecologist for the U.S. Forest Service‘s Pacific Northwest Research Station and was profiled in a new article in the U.S. Forest Service’s Science Update Issue 25. The article looks at how fuel treatments change fire behavior and highlights Dr. Johnson’s work studying trees after large wildfires move through forests.

Read the full story here.

Doctoral Student Contributes to Carbon Storage Study

Earlier this month, Ecotrust, in partnership with the University of Washington, published “Tradeoffs in Timber, Carbon and Cash Flow under Alternative Management Systems for Douglas-Fir in the Pacific Northwest,” a peer-reviewed study that looks at the carbon storage in Washington and Oregon forests.

Among the researchers who authored this study is David Diaz, one of the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences’ doctoral students. In addition, Diaz is the director of forestry analytics and technology at Ecotrust.

The study analyzed the forests in Washington and Oregon because of their ability to store large quantities of carbon, an important part of fighting climate change. The results showed that having larger buffers along streams, keeping more live trees after a harvest and other actions involving carbon rotation can aid carbon storage.

Read more about the study and its results.

SEFS Alumni Alexander Friend Tapped to Lead Research at U.S. Forest Service

A School of Environmental and Forest Sciences alumnus Alexander Friend, PhD, was recently named deputy chief of research and development at the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

He joins current U.S. Forest Service chief and SEFS alumna Vicki Christiansen on the USFS leadership team.

In this position, Friend will provide technical leadership in all phases of USFS research. His role includes formulating and executing policies and programs that advance the management and protection of forest resources. Research fields that USFS oversees involves forest soil and water, wildlife and fish habitat, forest recreation and management, insects and disease, timber management, forest economics and products, as well as marketing.

Friend received his doctorate from SEFS in 1988. He studied nitrogen stress and fine root growth of the Douglas fir.