Volume 11, Issue 1 - January/February 2017
Scientists and Staff Spread the Love of Forest Science
Biology students from Mayland Community College, curious about research and careers not far from their campus in Spruce Pine, NC, visited the Southern Research Station (SRS) headquarters in Asheville on Valentine's Day, February 14--a great day for Eastern Threat Center and SRS researchers and staff members to spread their love of forest science. During discussions and a field tour at nearby Bent Creek Experimental Forest, students learned about work in forest threat assessment, science writing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), upland hardwood ecology and management, and experiments to biologically control the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid. Several field trip leaders who also began their studies at community colleges shared information about their education and career paths with the students along with tips for seeking internship and job opportunities through the federal Pathways program.
Pictured: SRS Information and Technology Transfer Specialist Julia Kirschman explains forest regeneration methods to Mayland Community College students during a field tour at Bent Creek Experimental Forest. Photo by Stephanie Worley Firley, U.S. Forest Service.