Positionality Statement: I am Latinx and Native American, of mixed Raramuri and Western Apache heritage, and was a first-generation student. As a community ecologist, I focus on synergistic solutions to challenging natural resource problems by braiding together and catalyzing the empirical strengths and logic of Scientific Knowledge and the insights and wisdom of Traditional Ecological Knowledge to gain binocular vision, called Two-Eyed Seeing. I am very interested in creating, facilitating, and supporting intercultural collaborative partnerships between Indigenous peoples, Universities such as OSU, Federal agencies, and conservation non-profits that begin by identifying mutual research interests (e.g., a knowledge gap or need), the tools required, and then co-creating research that honors Tribal sovereignty. This results in shared recognition of the value of the research and co-benefits, can build long-term relationships between all involved, and through ecocultural restoration, help create ecosystems more resilient to climate change and related environmental stressors, such as severe wildfires. Pronouns: She/Ella/Hers
My research focuses on how different land management practices effect an ecosystem, specifically how it relates to wildlife habitat use and presence. I am passionate about partnering with Tribal Nations to further understand Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and learn a more holistic approach to ecosystem management. My hope is to collaboratively weave together TEK and Western science methods to create more resilient ecosystems and better inform conservation decision-making. For my research, I will work with both Oregon Tribal Nations and the Bureau of Land Management to examine the differences in wildlife activity between Tribal and Federal lands in southwest Oregon.
Ashley Russell is miluk coos and Pamunkey descendent and is an enrolled citizen of the Confederated Tribes of Coos Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians (CTCLUSI). She is recognized for her knowledge of CTCLUSI culturally significant species, including first foods and weaving materials, as well as her art and singing. She especially enjoys working with youth and fostering their reconnection to the lands of their ancestors, their cultural identity, and their heritage. Ashley earned a Bachelor's of Environmental Sciences with an emphasis on Fisheries and Wildlife Science at Oregon State University (OSU) in 2010 and completed an Herbal Immersion Program through the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine in 2021. Ashley currently works for her Tribe as the Assistant Director of the Culture and Natural Resources Department where she coordinates and supports the development and implementation of all aspects of cultural knowledge transfer, including but not limited to planning cultural awareness and outreach programs and events to educate CTCLUSI citizens and the surrounding community about CTCLUSI culture. She also partners with other Indigenous nations as well as federal, state, and local agencies, stakeholders and private landowners to support the co-management of CTCLUSI resources within her Tribe's Ancestral Territory and the continued expression and continuity of her Tribe's culture and stewardship practices. She is currently pursuing a Master of Natural Resources through OSU's College of Forestry and will be working closing with Dr. Cristina Eisenberg on one of her Tribe's forest lands tracts to study the effects that various vegetation treatments and reforestation methods, including traditional CTCLUSI methods, have on culturally significant plant communities in the forest understory.
Oki/Hello! My name is Monroe Fox. My Blackfoot name is Anatsikakato’saakii (Pretty Star Woman). I’m from the Kainai Nation in southern Alberta, Canada. I’m 19 years old, and I’m an undergraduate at OSU in Natural Resources with a specialization in Indigenous Knowledge. I am very passionate about enthobotany, grassland and forest ecocultural restoration and research. My interests are music, reading, hiking and baking. I have experience in various instruments, but I focus on piano and guitar. Don’t hesitate to say hi!
Professor Thomas H. DeLuca
Cheryl Ramberg-Ford and Allyn C. Ford Dean
College of Forestry
Oregon State University Corvallis, OR 97331-5704
Thomas H. DeLuca is the Dean of the College of Forestry at Oregon State university. A forest soil scientist and ecosystem ecologist, Professor DeLuca efforts in research, teaching and administration have been focused on sustainable land management and advancing our understanding of forest ecosystem function. Prior to his post at OSU, Professor DeLuca served as Dean of the College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana, Director of the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington, was the NERC-University Chair in the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography at Bangor University, UK, was a Senior Forest Ecologist with the Wilderness Society, and was a Professor of Forest Soils at the University of Montana in the College of Forestry and Conservation. During the past 30 years, Professor DeLuca has conducted research in a variety of topics across temperate, boreal, maritime and Arctic settings. Primary research interests include the influence of disturbance on N and C cycling in forest, prairie and tundra ecosystems, the fire ecology of temperate and boreal forests, biological N2 fixation in forest ecosystems, sustainable forest management and forest restoration. Professor DeLuca has authored more than 120 refereed research papers. Professor DeLuca received his Ph.D. from Iowa State University in Soil Biology and Biochemistry; M.S. from Montana State University in soils; B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Soil Science.
Tom Kaye is Executive Director and Senior Ecologist at the Institute for Applied Ecology, a nonprofit organization with a mission to conserve native habitats and species through research, restoration, and education. He is also a courtesy Associate Professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University. Tom received a MS and PhD from OSU, and BS from The Evergreen State College. Tom conducts research on rare species reintroductions, pollination biology, habitat restoration, plant invasions, plant population responses to climate change, and engages prison inmates in conservation through the Sagebrush in Prisons Project. Sourcing native plants for restoration is a key area of interest, research and publication for Dr. Kaye. He serves as a Board Member for the Society for Ecological Restoration. Please visit the Institute for Applied Ecology website for more information.
Luhui Whitebear (she/her) is an enrolled member of the Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation with Huestec and Cochimi ancestry. She is an assistant professor in the School of Language, Culture, and Society (Indigenous Studies) and has served as the Center Director of the Kaku-Ixt Mana Ina Haws. Institutionally Luhui serves on the core leadership of the President’s Commission on Indigenous Affairs and on Faculty Senate representing the College of Liberal Arts. Prior to her professional role at OSU, she spent ten years with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde as their College Advising & Scholarship Coordinator. Luhui is a mother, poet, and activist engaged in community-based work. Dr. Whitebear received her PhD from Oregon State University (OSU) in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; MA from OSU in Interdisciplinary Studies; BS degrees from OSU in Anthropology and in Ethnic Studies.
Dr. Si Gao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at California State University, Sacramento. She is also a courtesy faculty in the College of Forestry at OSU. Si holds an M.S. in Environmental & Forest Sciences from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in Forest & Conservation Sciences from the University of Montana. She is a soil ecologist and biogeochemist whose work focuses on understanding how agricultural, forest, and rangeland management practices influence soil health and ecosystem functions. Her current research broadly includes sustainable forest management, Traditional knowledge of landscape stewardship, fire, charcoal, ecosystem carbon and nutrient cycling, greenhouse gas dynamics, soil organic matter persistence, and the impact of cultural fire stewardship practices on the soil system.
Michael’s research and teaching focus is environmental ethics and philosophy: from the concept of wilderness to topics in the philosophy of ecology, from hunting ethics to theories of environmental education, from topics in wildlife ecology and conservation biology to questions about science and advocacy and the philosophical work of Aldo Leopold. He is the author of many professional and popular articles, and the author or editor of four books in and around the area of environmental ethics including: The Great New Wilderness Debate (1998), The Wilderness Debate Rages On: Continuing the Great New Wilderness Debate (2008), and American Indian Environmental Ethics: An Ojibwa Case Study (2004), all with J. Baird Callicott, and the award-winning book Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril (2010) with Kathleen Dean Moore.
Gail J. Woodside
PhD, Post-doc Scholar, Indigenous Natural Resource Office Tribal Liaison
Gail J. Woodside, enrolled Southeastern Lower Muscogee Creek with mixed Apache/N. Cheyenne/Georgian heritage is a first-generation scholar and womxn scientist. As a Natural Resource Conservationist and Rangeland Ecologist my primary focus is situated within subsistence landscapes and their contributions within a rapidly changing world. Elk behavior, movement, and their velocity tell stories of grazing and subsistence relationships that can be partnered with ecosystem health for plants of key cultural concern. Creating partnerships and protocols with Traditional Ways of Knowing and western sciences is an important concept in supporting our future generations.
Claudio A. Guevara
Claudio is an advocate for ecosystem restoration, social justice, and reciprocity. Originally from Chile, he earned a B.S. in Forest Engineering as a first-generation student. After working as a research assistant and consultant in the diverse ecosystems of Chile, Brazil, and New Zealand, Claudio obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. at OSU where he focused on sustainable silviculture, reforestation, ecophysiology, and plant community dynamics to help Pacific Northwest forests become more resilient to climate change. Currently, Claudio serves as a Senior Project Manager for the Fort Belknap Indian Community native seed and grassland restoration project in Montana, working in collaboration with Aaniiih and Nakoda Tribal Nations and the Bureau of Land Management. Acknowledging that each landscape weaves a unique narrative, Claudio is committed to tailoring solutions that resonate with their distinct voices. With an unwavering dedication to ecological balance, he strives to contribute to a sustainable future that respects and cherishes the relationships between nature and culture.
Savannah Buckman Spottedbird
Hello, my name is Savannah Buckman Spottedbird. I am Aaniiah and Nakota Native American, from the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Montana. I am the Project Coordinator for the BLM Native Grassland Ecological Restoration Research Project based on the reservation. I have been a part of the project for the last three years now. Since then I have learned more about native grasses and soils! This project has inspired me to attend the College of Forestry at OSU in hope of getting my PhD in soil science, even though it’s for nerds.
Lori Hodgert (she/her) is a dedicated administrative assistant and team member, providing invaluable support to Dr. Eisenberg, the Indigenous Natural Resource Office, and the DEI Workgroup. You can find her either at the front desk of the Peavy Dean's Suite or in the Indigenous Natural Resource Office in 109 Richardson. Lori is passionate about Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ). Her interest in this field was sparked during her time as a licensed property manager before joining OSU. Witnessing biases within the industry motivated her to educate herself by reading and taking courses on how to implement equitable policies. Born and raised in Portland, Lori is proud to have roots deeply entrenched in various parts of Oregon. She holds a BA in Social Sciences from Portland State University. Embracing her love for the outdoors, Lori owns a butternut squash hobby farm that shares borders with the McDonald-Dunn Forest, finding solace and joy in nature. Lori's family and community hold a special place in her heart, and she cherishes spending time with them. Her infectious smile is well-known, so much so that even the Joker would be envious. One of her favorite quotes, attributed to Mother Teresa of Calcutta, resonates deeply with her, "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples”. This quote reflects Lori's belief in the power of individual actions to make a collective impact.
Amy is a second year master's student in the SFM program studying under Carlos Gonzalez-Benecke. Her special interests within forestry include reforestation and nursery production. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outside through gardening and hiking.