PORTLAND, Ore. July
19, 2013. Susan Alexander has been selected as the new manager
of the Land and Watershed Management program, the U.S. Forest Service’s
Pacific Northwest Research Station announced today.
I am delighted to have Dr. Alexander join our PNW Research Station
Leadership team,” said Robert Mangold, acting station director. “She
has a demonstrated track record of doing high-quality science and
leading a diverse group of employees for the greatest good.”
will be based at the Juneau Forestry Sciences Laboratory and
officially reports for work on August 12.
The Land and Watershed
Management (LWM) program’s scientists
and professionals conduct research in Alaska, Washington, and Oregon
aimed at better understanding terrestrial, aquatic, and riparian
ecosystems and their linkages. The research program, one of seven
at the station, explores a diverse range of topics, from water
and soil to wildlife and fish.
Alexander is a familiar face at the station, having recently detailed
as LWM program manager for four months and having served for nearly
15 years before that as a research scientist with the station,
where she focused on recreation valuation and policy, nontimber
products (NTFP) markets, community involvement, and policy. She
currently is the regional economist for the Forest Service’s
Alexander holds a Ph.D. in forest resources, with
a minor in agricultural and resource economics, from Oregon State
University, and has authored
more than 50 publications on water resources, recreation, NTFPs,
wild edible fungi, taxation, and forest management. She also provides
leadership to several international organizations, including the
International Union of Forest Research Organizations and the Centre
for Livelihood and Ecology at Royal Roads University.
I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with the many successful
and capable people in the Land and Watershed Management program and
to serving as the lab line officer for the Juneau and Sitka research
labs,” Alexander said. “Scientists and professionals
in the LWM program do important, ground-breaking research in a variety
of fields, and I am excited to support this work.”
The Pacific Northwest Research Station—headquartered in Portland, Ore.—generates
and communicates scientific knowledge that helps people make informed choices
about natural resources and the environment. The station has 11 laboratories
and centers located in Alaska, Washington, and Oregon and about 400 employees.