Task Force Members

Members of the task force were appointed by the Governor in consultation with the Vice Presidents of Research, or their designees, at Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, and Portland State University.
Task force members included members from the forestry, agriculture, manufacturing, conservation, academic and research sectors, and representatives of the three universities. Representation was to include at least one member who previously served on the Independent Multidisciplinary Science Team, or on another state or federal scientific review body such as the National Academy of Sciences.  


Allison Aldous

Allison is a freshwater scientist with The Nature Conservancy (TNC). She is based in Portland and works across Oregon and in Gabon, central Africa. Her work includes the research and conservation of groundwater-dependent biodiversity; wetland restoration; assessment and mitigation of water quality impairment; environmental flows restoration; landscape-scale mapping and modeling freshwater systems; and climate change impacts to freshwater biodiversity. Allison served on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board Panel to provide technical advice on jurisdictional waters of the United States and on the U.S. Forest Service’s Groundwater Technical Team. She works extensively with partners in state and federal agencies, other non-governmental organizations, and scientists in academic institutions. Allison has published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature and has presented her work across the U.S. and abroad. In the past she led a wetland training program for TNC staff across the U.S. and in Central and South America; and directed the Oregon TNC chapter’s Research and Monitoring program.

Allison holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University in wetland ecology; a M.Sc. in plant sciences; and a B.Sc. in biochemistry, both from McGill University in Montréal, Canada.


Jennifer Allen

Jennifer is an Associate Professor of Public Administration in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government and a Fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University. Her research focuses on sustainable economic development, collaborative approaches to reducing use of toxics, and rural-urban connections. Jennifer served as the Director of Portland State’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions from 2012-2015, and has previously worked at the World Bank, Ecotrust, and the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department.  She is an Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commissioner, and has served on the boards of Oregon Forest Resources Institute, Shorebank Pacific, Portland Energy Conservation Inc., Illahee, the Portland Sustainability Institute, Friends of Forest Park, and the Food Alliance.

Jennifer holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Mason University, a Master of Environmental Management from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University.


Adell Amos

Adell first joined the UO faculty in 2005 after practicing environmental and natural resources law with the U.S. Department of Interior in Washington DC. She is Clayton R. Hess Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the UO School of Law. She teaches in the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program and is courtesy graduate faculty in the OSU Water Resources and Policy Management Program. Her research emphasizes jurisdictional governance structures for water resources management in the US and internationally. She focuses on the relationship between federal and state governments on water resource management, the role of administrative agencies and law in water policy, and stakeholder participation in water resource decision-making. Adell’s most recent scholarship focuses on the integration of law and policy into hydrologic and socioeconomic modeling for the Willamette River Basin as well as the legal framework that provides the backdrop for water conflicts and dispute resolution through a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary effort funded by the NOAA and the National Science Foundation. In 2008 Adell accepted a 2-year appointment with the Obama Administration as US Dept. of Interior Deputy Solicitor for Land and Water Resources, overseeing legal and policy issues involving US water resources and public lands. She and her team of attorneys provided counsel directly to the Secretary and of Interior and Deputy Secretary, the Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Adell has a J.D. from the University of Oregon (Coif), and a B.A in 1995 Drury College.


Barbara Bond (co-Chair)

Barbara came to Oregon in 1977 after earning a B.S. with honors in Biological Science from the University of California, Irvine, followed by a secondary teaching credential from U.C. Santa Barbara and three years of teaching middle school math and science in southern California.  For several years after that she moved back and forth between motherhood, continuing education (M.S. in Plant Ecology from OSU in 1984, Ph.D. with a double major in Forest Science and Plant Physiology from OSU in 1992), serving as the director of a curriculum project (“Forestry for Teachers”) and working as a research assistant in hardwood silviculture.

After completing her Ph.D. she continued working at OSU, first as a soft-money research scientist, with research projects that included remote sensing of forest canopy health and studies of the physiology of aging in forest trees. She was hired into a tenure-track, professorial position in the Department of Forest Science in the College of Forestry in 1997. With a Fulbright fellowship in 2001/2002, she spent a sabbatical leave conducting research and teaching in Argentina and Uruguay – an enlightening experience, especially in terms of the differing perspectives on management and values of natural resources in these different countries. She was named as the first Ruth Spaniol Chair of Natural Resources by the College of Forestry in 2003. Shortly afterwards, she became the lead principal investigator of the Long Term Ecological Research Program at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. In that capacity, she led a team of about 50 scientists and became deeply involved in the scientific culture that emerge after the fabled “owl wars” of the 1990s – a wizened culture that advocates a stronger role of interdisciplinary scientists in the arena of public policy-making. 

Barbara is now retired and living with her husband on a small family farm that includes a small vineyard and a lot of animals, vegetables and trees. The intersections among economic, environmental and social concerns has never been more poignant to her than it is now. 


Tim Deboodt

Tim is an OSU Crook County Extension Agent with a program emphasis in range and natural resource management and natural resource public policy issues. He serves the central Oregon area and is responsible for developing and delivering educational programs on rangelands, their use and management.  His programs specifically include information on grazing, range improvements and restoration and range/watershed issues. He works with public land management agencies, landowners and others to provide technical information and research findings for management issues related to Oregon’s rangelands.  Tim represents OSU on Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board Region 4 review team and Crook County Court on the Ochoco-Deschutes National Forest Resource Advisory Committee. Tim has served on state-wide committees for the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Department of Forestry and the Department of Environmental Quality. Before he and his family moved to Prineville in 1983, he worked for the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service in Teton County, Jackson, Wyoming. 

His current research activities include the evaluation of western Juniper control on watershed function and hydrology, the impact of juniper harvest systems on Oregon’s watersheds, assessing water quality parameters as influenced by land management activities and restoration of rangeland health using prescribed fire and other management practices.

Tim has Ph.D. in rangeland ecology and management from Oregon State University, a M.S. in Range management from the University of Wyoming, and a B.A. in rangeland resources from Oregon State University.


W. Daniel (Dan) Edge

Dan has four degrees from the University of Montana, culminating in a Ph.D. in Forestry in 1985. He then did a post-doctoral project in Pakistan, worked with the U.S. Forest Service, with the Smithsonian Institution, and had a temporary teaching appointment at Humboldt State University. Dan came to OSU as the Extension Wildlife Specialist in 1989. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1995 and added teaching to his extension-research appointment. He was named the first Mace Professor of Watchable Wildlife in 1997, was promoted to Professor and appointed Department Head in 2001 and started as Associate Dean in 2015. Dan has taught 15 different courses at OSU including 3 online. He has directed the Agriculture and Natural Resources Study Abroad Program in Chile since in 2012. Dan has successfully mentored 22 M.S. and 3 Ph.D. students and 2 Post-doctoral trainees, and his research has focused on wildlife habitat and population ecology in forest and agricultural ecosystems including ecological risk assessment. 

Dan’s scholarship includes 54 peer-reviewed journal articles including 4 related to teaching and curriculum development; 25 non-peer-reviewed professional journals or symposia proceedings, including 8 related to teaching, curriculum development, or extension programming; and 12 extension bulletins, 5 extension videos and 7 book chapters. Dan’s accomplishments have garnered him 6 national teaching awards, 1 national extension award, and 2 university and 3 college awards. Dan has made substantial service contributions to the university and his profession. He currently serves as Past-President of OSU Faculty Senate, has served as President of the National Association of Fish and Wildlife University Programs, Chair of both the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, Fish and Wildlife Section and Board on Natural Resources, and served as an Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commissioner for 8 years, including 2 years as Chair.


Linda A. George

Linda is an atmospheric chemist and Professor of Environmental Science and Management Department at Portland State University. Her primary research interests include monitoring and modeling of urban air pollutants as they relate to urban infrastructure, such as transportation systems and urban form. In addition her group works on assessing human exposure of air pollutants using statistical models and GIS, development of measurement techniques for quantifying atmospheric species and sensing and analysis of urban climate modification. Her research and teaching also explore the intersection of environmental justice, gender and class as it influences scientific research and policy in air quality and climate science. She has served in scientific review capacities as a Program Director for the National Science Foundation (Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences) as well as an Associate Editor for the journal "Science in the Total Environment". Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, USAID and several private foundations.

Linda has a Ph.D. from Portland State University in environmental sciences and resources/chemistry, and a B.S. cum laude from Loyola University of Chicago in chemistry.


Sara Gray

Sara serves a Senior Corporate Counsel to the Precision Castparts Corporation. Prior to working for Precision Castparts Corp. in 2013, her legal experience included work with Con-way Inc., Stoel Rives LLP, and the U.S. House of Representatives. In addition to her legal work, Sara was a professional staff member of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, where she provided analysis and recommendations on legislative and policy matters relating to water resources development, conservation and management, water pollution control and water infrastructure, and hazardous waste cleanup. She was also the Special Assistant to the Director of the Office of Nonproliferation and National Security in the U.S. Department of Energy.

Sara has a J.D. from Cornell, and a B.A. international relations and German from The College of William and Mary.


Michael Harte (co-Chair)

Michael is a tenured Professor in the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University and specializes in Marine Resource Management, Marine Spatial Planning and fisheries management. He has research and teaching interests in geospatial analysis and planning, small-scale fisheries and food security, co-management of coastal marine resources, sustainable fisheries, and the governance and sustainable management of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. He has chaired and served on many advisory boards, committees, working groups and provided scientific and policy advice to a wide range of stakeholders at local, national and international levels. He trained in physical geography and economics, specializing in natural resource management and planning.

Michael has a Ph.D. from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, a Master's degree in Geography from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Geography from the University of Auckland.


Cassandra Moseley

Cassandra is a research professor and Associate Vice President of Research and Innovation. Dr. Moseley serves as an institutional official and as the UO’s research integrity officer. She is the direct supervisor for Research Compliance Services, which supports and protects the interests of the university, faculty, staff, students, and research subjects in research compliance matters. She directs the Ecosystem Workforce Program and the Institute for a Sustainable Environment (ISE) at the UO and is a past chair of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forestry Research Advisory Council.

Cassandra has developed applied research and policy education programs focusing on community-based forestry, federal forest management, and sustainable rural development. She has testified before Congress about rural green jobs, rural development, and the working conditions of forest workers. Additionally, she has participated in dozens of briefings and presentations to congressional and presidential administration officials, including the White House Economic Council, Regional Development Cluster. She is a member of the board of the Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition, and a former board member of the Flintridge Foundation and the Applegate Partnership, as well as recent past associate editor for policy of the Journal of Forestry.

Cass earned her Ph.D. and two Master’s degrees in political science from Yale University, and a B.A. in mathematics and government from Cornell University.


Maryanne Reiter

Maryanne has been a forest hydrologist in Environmental Forestry Research at Weyerhaeuser Company for over 20 years and is currently part of a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency research team examining the effects of contemporary forest management practices on aquatic ecosystems in the Oregon Coast Range. Maryanne also manages the company’s long-term water quality research project in Washington State and has used the 40-year data record from this watershed to investigate the effects of forest regulations and climate change on water quality, including water temperature, turbidity and suspended sediment.  In addition, she works with company engineers and foresters on stream, wetland and riparian projects and provides scientific and technical support for forest-related policy and regulatory issues.  

Prior to Weyerhaeuser Company she was a Faculty Research Assistantin theDepartment of Forest Engineering at Oregon State University where she coordinated an interdisciplinary team assessing the cumulative effects of forest practices on air, soil, water, fish, and wildlife in the Pacific Northwest.  She has also worked as a consulting hydrologist/soil scientist on municipal and industrial sludge storage and on-land application projects and wetland delineations.  

Maryanne has an M.S. in forest engineering from Oregon State University, and a B.S. in soil and water resource technology from the University of Minnesota.


Mark Sytsma

Mark is a Professor of Environmental Sciences, the director of the Center for Lakes and Reservoirs, and co-director of the Aquatic Bioinvasion Research and Policy Institute. He also served as the Associate Vice President for Research and Strategic Partnerships. His primary research interest is in limnology and the biology and management of aquatic invasive species. His long-term, ongoing projects include the limnology of Waldo Lake, an ultraoligotrophic lake in the Cascade Mountains; aquatic plant surveys in Pacific Northwest lakes; invasive species in the Columbia River; dreissenid mussel monitoring in western states; spartina management in Oregon estuaries; and invasive species policy. He co-authored the Oregon Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan and is responsible for implementation of the Plan in collaboration with other state agencies. He is a founding member of the Oregon Invasive Species Council, the Columbia River Basin Team of the 100th Meridian Initiative, and the Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species.

Mark earned his PhD from the University of California-Davis, and his M.S. from the University of Washington.


Jason Younker

Jason is the Assistant Vice President and Advisor to the President on Sovereignty and Government-to-Government Relations at the University of Oregon, Associate Professor of Anthropology and a member of the Coquille Indian Tribe. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the UO in 2004 and returned to Oregon after teaching at Rochester Institute of Technology for 10 years where he was chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. He received the prestigious Ely S. Parker Award in 2014 from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society for his work with tribes and Native American students in higher education. He is the Past-President of the Association of Indigenous Anthropologists for the American Anthropological Association and is originally from Coos Bay, Oregon.