Volume 4, Issue 1 - Winter 2011
Forest Service Research and Development Leadership Changes
The Southern Research Station (SRS) said goodbye to Station Director Jim Reaves in late 2010 when he accepted the top job with Forest Service Research and Development (R&D)—that of Deputy Chief at the national headquarters in Washington, DC. Reaves had served as SRS Station Director since January 2008. At his new post, he will oversee the world’s largest natural resource research organization. Reaves’ natural resources career has spanned three decades, during which he held several senior-level leadership positions, including Forest Service R&D Associate Deputy Chief, Director of Forest Management Sciences, and National Budget Coordinator.
Reaves will receive strategic advice and recommendations from Angela Coleman, named Research and Development Associate Deputy Chief last April. Coleman’s Forest Service career spans 20 years, including positions as deputy regional forester for the Pacific Southwest Region in Vallejo, CA; chief of staff to the National Forest System Deputy Chief in Washington, DC; and regional communications director for the Forest Service Southern Region in Atlanta.
Rob Doudrick rejoined SRS as Station Director in February after having served since 2005 as the national Forest Service Ecosystem Services Coordinator in Washington, DC. He has held several agency positions including North Central Research Station assistant director and Forest Service R&D budget coordinator. Doudrick is not new to SRS—he headed up the SRS Southern Institute of Forest Genetics in Saucier, MS, prior to serving as a SRS assistant director between 1998 and 2001.
EFETAC’s sister center, the Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center (WWETAC), has a new director. Nancy Grulke joined WWETAC in 2010 by way of the Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station. Grulke has worked in a variety of capacities for state and federal governments, universities, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector. Most recently, she served as a science coordinator for the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Southwest Research Stations’ Climate Change Program.