SAF2021 Student Poster and Presentation Awards

January 6, 2022 
At the 2021 SAF National Convention, eight students were recognized for their outstanding research presentation or poster. The SAF Forest Science and Technology Board instituted poster awards at the 2002 SAF National Convention and presentation awards in 2009 to encourage students to present their research that helps answer the questions that foresters ask every day. All interested students who are both the primary author and presenter are eligible to compete for the respective awards. In 2021, posters were judged on approach, findings, interpretation, clarity, and creativity and presentations were judged on introduction, methods, results, conclusion, manner, and visual aids. Awards are made possible through generous donations to the Kurt Gottschalk Science Fund

Congratulations to our 2021 winners! 

Poster Awards 

1st Place: Paul Oyier, Oregon State University
Incorporating Harvesting Machine Simulators in Training Forest Engineers, Foresters, and Allied Scientists 

2nd Place: Joanna Lumbsden-Pinto, SUNY ESF 
Case Study: Moving Towards a More Inclusive and Diverse Forestry and Broader Natural Resource Community 

3rd Place (tie): Sagar Godar Chhetri, University of Georgia
Factors Influencing the Private Forest Landowners Enrollment in State Preferential Tax Incentive Programs in Georgia 

3rd Place (tie): Matthew Marsh, West Virginia University
18 Year Results of Fencing and Fertilization a Newly Clearcut Appalachian Hardwood Stand 

Presentation Awards 

1st Place: Tyler Gifford, University of Minnesota
Comprehensive Review & Evaluation of Whole Stand Volume Yield Models for the Aspen Forest Type in Minnesota 

2nd Place: Colton Meinecke, University of Georgia
Needles in the Haystack: A Multifaceted Approach to Identifying Needle Disease Pathogens on Loblolly Pine 

3rd Place (tie): Connor Crouch, Northern Arizona University
Aspen Decline in Northern Arizona: What Is Limiting Successful Regeneration and Recruitment? 

3rd Place (tie): Kane Russell, University of California – Berkeley
Managing Fuels versus Tree Growth Using Prescribed Fire and Alternatives in Young Mixed Conifer Stands