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Departments    Forest Engineering, Resources & Management | Forest Ecosystems & Society | Wood Science & Engineering

Name: David A. Zahler

Position:

  • Program Manager, Forestry Experiential Education
  • Senior Instructor, Forest Engineering, Resources & Management
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Phone:(541) 737-1486

FAX:(541) 737-4316

Education:

  • B.S., Forest Management, Oregon State University, 1992
  • M.S., Forest Resources, Oregon State University, 1996

Work Interests:

I am particularly interested in connecting students to extracurricular, academically enriching pre-professional experiences that will help them be highly successful in our chosen profession post-graduation. Broadly, I enjoy designing and creating programs that help people understand and appreciate forests and forestry, and the roles each has played in the social, ecological, and economic systems in which we live.

Faculty Assignments:

  • Co-Instructor, Forestry for Teachers (1999,2000)
  • Co-Instructor, Flora of Pacific Northwest Forests (1998-2000)
  • Instructor, OFIT: Oregon Forest Institute for Teachers (1999-2000, 2002)
  • Lab Instructor, Tree Identification (2001-2002)
  • Executive Committee Chair, Oregon Society of American Foresters Continuing Forestry Education Program (2002-present)
  • Co-Instructor, Introduction to Computing in Forestry (2003)
  • Faculty Advisor, Student Chapter of Society of American Foresters (2003-2008)
  • Faculty Advisor, OSU Women's Ultimate Frisbee Team (2004-2007)
  • Faculty Advisor, OSU Phi Kappa Psi fraternity (2004-2007, 2010-present)
  • OSU Faculty Senator, 2007-2009
  • Member, OSU College of Forestry International Programs Committee (2008-present)
  • Coordinator, OSU College of Forestry Peace Corps Master's International program
  • Member, College of Forestry Diversity Committee (2009-present)
  • Coordinator, Stregnthening Educatioon and Employment for Diverse Students (SEEDS) program, OSU College of Forestry (2009-present)
  • Instructor, FE/FOR 307, Junior Seminar (2013-present)
  • Instructor, FOR/FE 411, Cooperative Education Work Experiences (2013-present)

Projects

  • Web:
    • (html, PHP design) Center for Provenance Data (2010)
    • (design) Peace Corps Master's International, OSU College of Forestry
    • (design, contruct) Jackson County Fuels Reduction Educational Website (2005)
    • (producer, design, construct, content) Sustainable Forestry Virtual Tour (2001)
    • (2001 co-design, construct) College of Forestry (modified 2004; replaced 2007)
    • (co-design, construct, content) ForestLearn (1999- 2006; redesign)
  • DVD:
    • (conversion, template design) Reproductive Ecology of Broadleaved Trees and Shrubs (2004)
    • (conversion and content update) Trees of North America, the Conifers (2005)
    • (co-produce, design, construct) College of Forestry outreach to prospective students (2005)
  • Print:
  • Video

Publications:

  • Livesay, M.J., J. Einerson, and D.A. Zahler. 2009. Field Study Cards of the Willamette Valley, Oregon: Upland Prairie. (field study cards)
  • Livesay, M.J., J. Einerson, and D.A. Zahler. 2008. Field Study Cards of the Willamette Valley, Oregon: Wetlands. (field study cards)
  • Popalka, E., R. Hughes, and D. Zahler. 2008. Willamette River Water Quality Map. Corvallis Environmental Center and OSU Institute for Water and Watersheds.
  • Livesay, M.J., J. Einerson, and D.A. Zahler. 2007. Field Study Cards of the Willamette Valley, Oregon: Riparian Areas. (field study cards)
  • Livesay, M.J., J. Einerson, and D.A. Zahler. 2006. Field Study Cards of the Willamette Valley, Oregon: Oak Woodlans. (field study cards)
  • Livesay, M.J., J. Einerson, and D.A. Zahler. 2005. Field Study Cards of the Willamette Valley, Oregon: Douglas-fir Forests. (field study cards)
  • Zahler, D.A., and E.C. Jensen. 2003. Forests in Oregon. Oregon Forest Resources Institute. (poster)
  • Cloughesy, M., D.A. Zahler, and M. Rellergert. 2001. Using Pre- and Post- Tests to Evaluate the Achievement of Short Course Learning Objectives. Journal of Extension 39:2.
  • Hino, J.C., E.C. Jensen, M.D. Reed and D.A. Zahler. 2000. Creating Learning Opportunities for Forestry Workers. Third Biennial Conference on Higher Education in Natural Resources, March 25-28, 2000. University of Missouri, Columbia. (Paper and poster, and presentation)
  • Zahler, D.A. and E.C. Jensen. 2000. A Triad of Learning Opportunities for K-12 Teachers. Third Biennial Conference on Higher Education in Natural Resources, March 25-28, 2000. University of Missouri, Columbia. (Paper and presentation)
  • Jensen, E.C., D.A. Zahler, J.C. Hino, ands A. Barstow.1999. Conifers of the Pacific Northwest; interactive CD-ROM.

Miscellanea:

  • Father to a lovely daughter, Linnea; husband to a lovely wife, April.
  • Commissioner, Corvallis Watershed Managment Advisory Commission (2009-present)
  • President, Garfield Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association (2011-present)
  • President, Board of Directors, Corvallis Environmental Center, a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit (2003- 2008).
  • Serve as "naturalist" for field trips in the Crescent Valley High School Course, "American Wilderness" (2000- present).
  • Served in Peace Corps, Guatemala, Agroforestry and Natural Resource Conservation program, CARE Proyecto Micuenca, 1996-1998. My wife and I lived in a small village in rural central Guatemala and spoke Spanish and Q'eqchi with our neighbors and coworkers.
  • Worked about two years with USDA Forest Science Laboratories, Corvallis, Oregon, as a research and field technician prior to graduate school. Projects included herb and shrub regeneration, in-stream salmonid population studies, and a riparian hardwood harvest timing study.
  • Native Oregonian, raised in Eugene.
  • Fan of the woods: