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.