Meet Our Forest Service Community Members
- By Shari Halik
Several USDA Forest Service scientists from the South Burlington Forest Service Lab on Spear Street have joined the Rubenstein School community and are now housed in the Aiken Center. During the Aiken Center renovation in 2010-11, some Rubenstein School staff and laboratories permanently re-located to the Forest Service Lab, while several Forest Service scientists moved their offices to Aiken. Meet these Forest Service personnel:
Steven Boutcher (FOR '82) works for the National Forest System out of the Washington, DC office as the national wilderness & wild and scenic river information manager. He is an alum of the Rubenstein School with a BS in forestry from 1982. Steve's career travels have taken him to Nevada, California, Washington and Oregon and he loves being back in Vermont. His job focuses on managing data planning, collection (inventory & monitoring), storage (databases), analysis, reporting and use for the 439 wildernesses and 122 wild and scenic rivers stewarded by the Forest Service across the country.
John Butnor is a plant physiologist with the Forest Service Southern Research Station. He studies carbon dynamics and cycling using novel measurement and analysis systems. Current projects include: longleaf pine ecosystem restoration at the Harrison Experimental Forest in Saucier, Mississippi, ecological forestry and carbon dynamics at U.S. Department of Defense installations, and novel applications of ground penetrating radar for forest research.
Marla Emery is a research geographer with the Forest Service Northern Research Station. She takes a social-ecological systems approach to the study of contemporary nontimber forest product (NTFP) uses, especially in the eastern United States and elsewhere in the industrialized world. Current project locations include northern Maine, Mongolia, and New York City. In addition, she coordinates the Forest Service’s national program on climate change research with and for American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.
Linda Pardo is an environmental engineer with the Northern Research Station. She conducts research on the impacts of atmospheric pollutants and climate change on forest ecosystems. Her current research focuses on using stable isotopes of nitrogen and carbon to understand species differences in ecosystem biogeochemistry and on relating soil physical properties to functional characteristics (C and N cycling). Linda also works with resource managers from various federal agencies to translate science and help provide a scientific basis for management decisions relating to air pollutants.
Paul Schaberg (FOR '81, MS-FOR '85, PhD-UVM '96) is a Northern Research Station plant physiologist and an RSENR adjunct associate professor. Paul collaborates with scientists from the Forest Service, University of Vermont, and other institutions to evaluate the influence of human-associated stress on forest health and productivity. His studies involve red spruce winter injury and other aspects of conifer cold tolerance, sugar maple decline, impacts of calcium depletion on tree health, biological basis of red pigment expression in the fall, and cold tolerance as a limitation to American chestnut restoration in the North.
Stephanie Snyder is a visiting Forest Service scientist at the Rubenstein School this spring semester. She hails from the Northern Research Station in St. Paul, Minnesota. Stephanie develops models that help to facilitate more effective decision-making to balance environmental, social, and economic factors associated with natural resource planning and management, such as open space land acquisition, timber harvest scheduling, and wildfire suppression equipment contracting.
Mark Twery is a research forester with the Northern Research Station and an adjunct associate professor in RSENR. His primary research focus is NED (forest ecosystem decision support software), a set of decision-support tools for forest management for multiple benefits. Other active projects include restoring native wildflowers to an old farm field in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, a silvicultural research and demonstration area in the Adirondacks, and urban forestry focusing on New York City and Baltimore. Mark also investigates ways to integrate science and the arts and is working with a major dance company, focusing on energy and the environment.