PORTLAND, Ore. June 22, 2012. The
U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station today announced
the selection of Bernard (Bernie) Parresol as its new Assistant Station
Director (ASD) for Research. Parresol, who will be based at the station’s
headquarters in Portland, Ore., reports for work on September 4.
I’m very pleased to welcome Bernie to the Pacific Northwest
Research Station,” said Station Director Bov Eav. “His
depth of background and the quality of research that he has conducted
throughout his career make him an excellent fit for this key leadership
As ASD for Research, Parresol will serve as the
science coordinator, responsible for ensuring that the station’s
goals and strategies are implemented and that its research meets
quality standards. He also will be working to maintain productive
relationships with a variety of key stakeholders.
Prior to joining
the station, Parresol, who joined the Forest Service in 1986, was
Station Biometrician for the Southern Research Station
in Asheville, N.C. His recent research there focused on forest
fuels and fire behavior modeling at the Department of Energy’s
Savannah River National Environmental Research Park. He also has
in research concerning carbon budgets, spatial modeling, and the
use of LIDAR imagery for inventories.
While at the Southern Research
Station, Parresol served as the station’s
tribal relations point of contact and on its civil rights committee
and was involved in the conservation and natural resources leadership
training of thousands of Boy Scouts at several national jamborees.
He holds a Ph.D. in forestry with a minor in experimental statistics
from Louisiana State University, where he taught in the Department
of Experimental Statistics prior to joining the agency. His international
work has included projects in Panama, Chile, Mexico, Spain, Portugal,
and China. In 2003, Parresol received the Chief’s Global
Stewardship Award for his international collaborations.
The PNW Research Station is headquartered in Portland, Oregon.
It has 11 laboratories and centers located in Alaska, Oregon,
and Washington and about 425 employees.