U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth today announced the selection of Dr. James Sedell as director of the Pacific Southwest Research Station headquartered in Albany, Calif. Sedell currently serves as the director of wildlife, fish, watershed and air research in the Forest Service’s Washington Office.
“Jim has been instrumental in raising awareness about the role national forest watersheds serve by providing water to the nation and the importance of maintaining healthy watersheds. His leadership as director of wildlife, fish, watershed restoration and air quality research has been outstanding. I’m confident he will bring those leadership qualities to the entire research program at the Pacific Southwest Station,” said Bosworth.
The Pacific Southwest Station conducts research throughout California and directs the operations of the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry in Honolulu, Hawaii.
“It is a great honor to be selected as station director and I look forward to becoming involved in the research support of the Sierra Nevada Framework and the other exciting work of the Pacific Southwest Station,” said Sedell.
Sedell began his career with the Forest Service in 1980 as a research ecologist for the Pacific Northwest Research Station. He later served as the station’s program manager for aquatic and land interaction research and worked on the Interior Columbia River Basin Ecosystem Management Project. Prior to 1980, Sedell worked in research for the Weyerhaeuser Company and as a research associate professor at Oregon State University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Willamette University in Salem, Ore., and a doctorate in biology and ecology with a minor in forensic chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh.
A reporting date for Sedell has not been set.