Kristen L. Whitbeck

Oregon State University

 Department of Forest Science

 Corvallis, Oregon, 97331-7501, USA

(541) 753-8154





M.S., Forest Science (in progress; completion expected March of 2003): Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.  Major field of study:  Forest  Ecology; integrated minor in Botany and Plant Pathology.  Courses included: Forestry (Forest Ecosystem Management, International Forestry, Private Forests in Society, Current Research in Forest Science, Pacific Northwest Shrub Identification, Natural Resource Research Planning, Natural Resource Education: People, Policy Analysis), Plant Taxonomy, Mycology (Biology of Fleshy Fungi, Imperfect Fungi, Sequestrate Fungal Identification, Small Mammal Mycophagy, Fungal Ecology, Fungal Systematics, Fungal Symbiosis, Mycorrhizae, Lichens and Bryophytes), Statistics   (Methods of Data Analysis I&II), Principles of Systematics, Molecular Systematics.  Thesis- Systematics of Pacific Northwestern species of Gymnomyces inferred from Internal Transcribed Spacer region Ribosomal DNA Sequences.



B.S., Natural Resources (Fall 1996 – Spring 1998); Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.  Major field of study: Natural Resources with a Plant Science focus.  Courses included: Botany (Botany, Plant Physiology, Physiological Plant Ecology, Field Mycology), Ecology (Forest Ecology, Field Biology, Ecology of Landscapes, Wetland Ecology and Management, Conservation Biology), Natural Resources (Natural Resources Policy, Planning, and Politics, Forest Science and Management, Woodlot Management and Maple Syrup Production, Ethics and the Environment, Environment and Society, Environmental Aspects of International Planning, Teaching in Natural Resources), College Math. 



College of Forestry (Fall 1994 – Spring 1996), University Honors College, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.  Major fields of study: Forestry and Anthropology / Archaeology.  Courses included:  Forestry (Forestry, Computer Applications in Forestry, Dendrology, Recreation Resource Management), Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Algebra, Calculus, Statistics, Microeconomics, Writing (Technical, Expository, Fiction), Survey of American Literature, Geography of the Non-Western World, Anthropology / Archaeology (Time Travelers, Natural History of Primates, Lithics, Northwest Prehistory, Archaeology Field School). 


College of Liberal Arts (Fall 1993 – Spring 1994), SUNY Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, New York.  Major field of study: Anthropology. Courses included: Anthropology (Ethnography: Pacific Islands, Peoples of the Pacific, Human Evolution, Comparative Cultures, Sexuality and Culture, Indians of North America), Cultural Geography, European Civilization Since 1815, Psychology, Photography, and Composition. 

**Plattsburgh Senior High School, Plattsburgh, New York, 12901. Class of 1993.


Continuing Education Classes


·       Fungi of the Sierra Nevada field course (June 2002), San Francisco State University

·       Advanced Silviculture Module (July 2000), Natural Resources Institute, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

·       Decision Making and Systems Thinking (December 1999), Natural Resources Institute, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

·       Wilderness First Responder (January 1999), Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

·       National Outdoor Leadership School “Mountaineering and Leadership School” (June 1998), Jackson, Wyoming

·       Archaeology Field School (July – August 1995), through Oregon State University, Gila, New Mexico


Current Employment


Graduate Research Assistant, Oregon State University (OSU): Department of Forest Science, 321 Richardson Hall, Corvallis, OR, 97333.  9/01/00 – present.    Major Professor: James Trappe, phone: (541) 758–0461, email:  Part-time, $1,100/month.  As a Research Assistant I have a major role in the development of a project that examines a group of rare fungi subject to survey through the Northwest Forest Plan. Accomplishments include the design and implementation of research directed at investigating intrageneric fungal diversity using molecular biology methods and phylogenetic analysis, and presentation of research results at an international meeting. This research required proficiency in fungal microscopy, molecular biology, and key tasks included: identifying fungal specimens, extracting fungal DNA and genome sequencing. In addition, I assisted as a taxa expert in research priorities of the Forest Mycology Team, including, surveying for rare and endangered fungi in the Siuslaw National Forest (OR), and Mount Rainier (WA).  I also assisted in fungal diversity survey work for the Army Corp of Engineers in Orofino (ID).







Related Professional Experience:


Graduate Teaching Assistant, Oregon State University, Department of Forest Resources, Peavy Hall, Corvallis, Oregon, 97333 (Fall 1999-Spring 2001).  Supervisor: Dr. Edward Jensen @ (541) 737-2519, email: . 15 hours/week @ $500/month.  Courses included “Dendrology,” and “Issues In Natural Resource Conservation.”  As a dendrology-teaching assistant I instructed a weekly undergraduate field lab (3.5 hours) to systematically use a dichotomous key to identify trees and shrubs while cultivating their ability to recognize general tree/shrub form and habitat features.  Other responsibilities included supervising undergraduate teaching assistants in setting up lab exams, proctoring lab exams, grading and recording exams, and being available office hours for out of class assistance.  As a natural resource conservation-teaching assistant I assisted in the design and instruction of bi-weekly lecture topics including technological and ecological sustainability, energy and resource use, climate, waste management, climate, and human values and how they relate to the Pacific Northwest.  Other responsibilities involved reviewing and evaluating student work.


Herbarium Curatorial Assistant, Oregon State University, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Cordley Hall, Corvallis, Oregon, 97333 (summer’s of 2000 and 2001).  Supervisor: Dr. Joseph Spatafora @ (541) 737-5304, email:  20 hours/week @ $800/month.  75% of the time I data-based preserved mycological specimens using data management program (Paradox), 25% of the time I handled incoming and outgoing loans.


Environmental and Outdoor Educator, Wyman Center, INC., Lions Den Outdoor Learning Center, 3602 Lions Den Road, Imperial, Missouri, 63052 (June 1999-September 1999).  Supervisor: Jonathan Richards @ (314) 477-6008, email:  50-60 hours/week @ $1000/month.  50% of the time I designed and implemented multi-day trek programs for at-risk-youth (included hiking, river travel, rock-climbing, caving and teambuilding skills), 25% of the time I instructed high-ropes programs and teambuilding programs for Corporate groups and MBA students, 25% of the time I assisted in the design and instruction of science education programs for teens: subject areas included forest ecology, edible plants, aquatics, orienteering, and composting.


Forest Ecology Research Assistant, Cornell University, Department of Natural Resources, Fernow Hall, Ithaca, New York, 14853, and Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, Campton, New Hampshire (April 1997-December 1998).  Supervisor Timothy J. Fahey @ (607) 255-5470, email:  20-40 hours/week (contingent upon season) @ $7.50/hour.  80% of the time I systematically evaluated permanent vegetation plots at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest: measured and identified tree species and herbaceous understory species (at times specifically looking for rare species), collected soil samples, recorded abiotic factors, and observed and recorded allometric relationships among hardwood species (extensive use of a chain saw), 20% of the time I tracked root growth using a mini-rhizotron and analyzed data using a program called root-tracker.


Trail Crew,  Adirondack Mountain Club, P.O. Box 867, Adirondack Loj Road, Lake Placid, New York, 12946-0867 (Summer 1994).  Supervisor: Wes Lampman @(518) 523-3518 (OK to call).  40-60 hours/week @ $500/month.  80% trail construction: constructed rock stair-cases, water-bars, bridges, and boardwalks using a crow bar, manual winch, axe, shovel, and various other hand tools, 20% trail maintenance: I installed and maintained drainage features to hinder erosion.  Job required extreme physical endurance, ability to hike with a large pack (60-80 pounds), and ability to camp in the backcountry for a week at a time.




·       Graduate Representative, Oregon State University, Forest Science Department (September 2000-June 2001)

·        Truffle Taxonomist for the North American Truffle Society (Fall 2001-present)

·       Member of the Environmental Program Development Committee-4H youth group, Ithaca, New York (Spring 1998)

·       Environmental Program Leader Volunteer, West Village 4H at Risk Youth Program, Ithaca, New York (Spring 1997-Fall 1998)


Professional Society Memberships


·       Mycological Society of America

·       North American Mycological Association

·       North American Truffle Society


Scientific Meetings Attended


·       North American Mycological Association annual meeting (October 2002), Diamond Lake, Oregon

·       Mycological Society of America annual meeting (June 2002), Corvallis, Oregon

·       Mycological Society of America annual meeting (June 2001), Salt Lake City, Utah




·       Mycological Society of America (June 2002)

·       North American Truffle Society (April 2002)

·       Mycology Journal Club (March 2002)

·       Natural Resources Research Planning Group (December 2001)

·       Natural Resources Policy, Planning, and Politics Club (May 1998)




Academic Merit


·       North American Truffle Society Scholarship (December 2002)

·       Travel Grant / Academic Meeting Award, Oregon State University (October 2002)

·       Lu Berger Forest Science Fellowship, Oregon State University (Spring 2001)

·       One of three students nominated for Outstanding Masters Student, Forest Science Dept., Oregon State University (2000-2001) – kind recognition


Special Knowledge and Skills


General: Professional knowledge of forestry, botany (plant taxonomy), mycology, forest ecology, natural resource policy, planning, use, and history.  Extensive teaching and public speaking experience and enhanced supervisory skills (leading crews, teaching, and maintaining a positive work environment).


Field: Ability to work in forests on steep terrain in all seasons, using compass and topographic maps (experience teaching orienteering).  Exceptionally skilled in tree, shrub, plant, fungal, and other nonvascular plant (lichens and bryophytes) identification and use of dichotomous keys through experience in the field, classroom, and teaching.  Knowledge of forest mensuration techniques, sampling design, vegetation sampling, and habitat typing through experience in the field and classroom.


Laboratory: Expertise in operation of basic biology lab equipment: autoclaves, pipettes, power supplies, microscopes (light and scanning electron).  Proficient in use of molecular biology techniques.  Knowledge of chemical safety procedures and familiarity with Material Safety Data Sheets.  Expertise in maintenance of sterile conditions and clean-room areas. 


In the office: My software experience includes MS Windows (WORD, EXCEL, S-PLUS, POWERPOINT (I have prepared and delivered numerous PowerPoint presentations)), HTML web design, familiarity with Microsoft ArcView and ArcGIS, Paradox, and various communications software including Netscape.    I have excellent people skills and experience dealing with the public and private landowners.  Examples of my research papers and presentations are available upon request.