View From The Top: A SEFS Grad Student’s Work in the Canopy

Russell Kramer, SEFS graduate student, in his element at the canopy.

“If you haven’t been to see the old trees, then nothing I can write will prepare you for their sheer size,” reads a passage from a recent blog post on the Canopy Watch International blog.

It goes on, “Douglas-fir, Sitka spruce, and redwood trees can be 300 feet tall (100 meters, or as tall as a football field is long) and are in fact the tallest living things on the planet. Despite all being giants among trees, these three species have different strategies for growing so large. That is what makes them unique, and it’s the topic of this blog. Scientists like Russell Kramer, Steve Sillett, and Bob Van Pelt are the ones unlocking the mysteries of the trees, and it’s their work I’ll summarize for you, especially Russell Kramer’s.”

Russell Kramer is a graduate student with the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, who does majority of his research work at the top of the tallest trees in the Pacific Northwest. His work in the canopy and the Franklin Lab at SEFS was featured in the blog post for Canopy Watch International. Read about it here.