WASHINGTON, D.C. – On July 25, two USDA Forest Service scientists received the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers.
David Bell is a research forester with the Pacific Northwest Research Station, Resource Monitoring and Assessment Program in Corvallis, Oregon. Bell studies tree population and landscape change driven by forest management, disturbance, and climate change using a mixture of remote sensing, forest inventory data (e.g., US Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis), and long-term forest measurements. He was recognized for his outstanding productivity, critical scientific advances in forest ecology and vegetation mapping, and building bridges between science and management.
Sean Parks is a research ecologist with the Rocky Mountain Research Station, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute in Missoula, Montana. Parks primarily studies the relationship between climate and fire regimes, the influence of previously burned landscapes on the ignition and spread of subsequent wildfires, and how wildfire and climate change may interact to drive vegetation change. He was recognized for his exceptional productivity and ability to conduct high-impact, relevant, and applicable scientific studies.
A total of 314 scientists and engineers throughout government agencies were honored in an award ceremony as recipients of the PECASE. The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology. The awards are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President. Awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach.
PECASE awardees were selected by thirteen departments and agencies: The Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health & Human Services, Department of Interior, Department of Veteran Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Science Foundation, Intelligence Community, and Smithsonian Institution.
Established in 1996, the PECASE acknowledges the contributions scientists and engineers have made to the advancement of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and to community service as demonstrated by scientific leadership, public education, and community outreach. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy coordinates the PECASE with participating departments and agencies. Click ahead for a complete list of the 2019 PECASE winners.