Position: President Year: Senior Academic Interests: I am a Forest Science major with a certificate in Environmental Studies. Since transferring to Madison from a small college in Fall of 2016, I’ve enjoyed learning about forest ecology and functioning. I’m interested in combining sustainable forestry, innovative wood construction, and evolving natural resource use practices to meet social needs and reduce environmental degradation. Other Interests: If I’m outside, I’m happy. I love running, biking, and canoeing. When I’m inside, I like to read Japanese literature and play board games. Favorite Tree: white pine (Pinus strobus) Random fun fact: Voles have such fast metabolisms that if they don’t eat constantly, they die.
Position: Vice President Year: Junior Academic Interests: I am a forest science major with a certificate in environmental studies. I am currently exploring all aspects of forestry and possible career options. Lately, I have been developing a strong interest in forest-atmosphere relations. More specifically, how reforestation and forest species composition for example can help combat the increasing CO2 levels in the atmosphere and ultimately climate change. Other Interests: In my free time, I enjoy backpacking and hiking, intramural sports, hunting and fishing, camping, listening to music, travelling, motorcycling, and drinking lots of coffee beverages. Favorite Tree: Kentucky Coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioicus) Random fun fact: One tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide in a year.
Position: Treasurer Year: Senior Academic Interests: I’m a forest science major with a certificate in environmental studies. After working the past two summers as a tree inspector for the urban forestry division of the city of Minnetonka, MN, I have become very interested in community forest health. If I go on to grad school, I’d like to study the diseases (Oak Wilt, Dutch Elm Disease, Emerald Ash Borer) that affect urban landscapes and ways to combat these diseases such as increasing diversity, hybrid species, insecticides, etc. Also, I plan to become a ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) certified arborist in order to pursue a career in urban forestry. Other Interests: In my spare time I enjoy traveling with my girlfriend, cuddling my pets (Bucky - black lab, Maggie - cat, Nala - ball python), playing sports (quidditch, basketball, football, baseball, soccer, volleyball), camping, hunting, fishing, playing video games, Pokémon Go, and listening to and discovering new music. Favorite Tree: Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), Tamarack (Larix laricina), or Catalpa (Catalpa) Random fun fact: Red hair and blue eyes, which I have, is the rarest combination in the world Like red hair, blue eye color is a recessive trait, meaning that both parents must carry the gene for a child to be blessed with it. This makes those with red hair and blue eyes the rarest minority in the world, with only 1% having both.
Position: Secretary Year: Sophomore Academic Interests: I’m just starting my journey as a forest science major and I’m eager to learn about the career paths it offers. I’ve been intrigued by the idea of using maps to find patterns and relationships in forests and how humans are affected by the presence of trees in urban areas. Other Interests: I like lounging outside in my hammock, reading books, and eating fruit snacks. I’m also beginning to develop a vinyl collection which ranges from 80s Hawaiian pop to Johnny Cash. Favorite Tree: Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera) Random fun fact: An eagle can kill a young deer and fly away with it.
Position: Technology Coordinator Year: Junior Academic Interests: I recently changed to a Forestry major from engineering, and am excited to learn more about forest science and trees! Having begun an internship in tree care in Chicago, I am interested in urban forestry and how trees live in such an environment. I hope to learn a lot about all aspects of the forest science major. Other Interests: Working with my hands is something I enjoy, from needlework to legos to carving. Anything outside makes me happy: biking, frisbee, canoeing, hiking, and fishing. My life’s mission is to find a salamander in the wild, but all my searching and turning over of damp logs has been unsuccessful. Favorite Tree: Bur Oak Random fun fact: Aragorn is a descendent of Elrond’s brother, Elros (which is why he lives longer than other men), so he and Arwen are actually very distant cousins.
Position: Photographer Year: Junior Academic Interests: I am a forest science major with a certificate in environmental studies. After two years of exploring my interests in other disciplines, I’ve landed in this major and am excited to see where I can go with it. I am particularly interested in the anthropogenic forces that change forest ecosystems, including the active management of public and private lands. I learn something new that interests me almost every day in class, so my academic interests are always expanding. Other Interests: When I’m not inside, I’m outside. My interests and favorite activities include cycling, playing the piano, outdoor photography, exploring new places, skiing, finding new music, and spending time with family and friends. Favorite Trees: Red pine (Pinus resinosa) and northern white-cedar (Thuja occidentalis) Random fun fact: The giant river otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) grows up to six feet long and must eat at least six to nine pounds of food every day.