PARC is proud to announce that the winner of the second (2012) Alison Haskell Award for Excellence in Herpetofaunal Conservation was Dr. Deanna (Dede) H. Olson.
Dede earned her Ph.D. at Oregon State University in Corvallis. Among her many roles she now serves as Leader of the Aquatic Ecology and Management Team for the U.S. Forest Service where she is employed as Supervisory Research Ecologist at the Pacific Northwest Research Station in Corvallis. Additionally she is a Courtesy Faculty member at Oregon State University, an Associate Editor for Herpetological Review and past Associate Editor for the Northwestern Naturalist, out-going Co-Chair of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation where she will continue to serve as an ex-officio member of Joint National Steering Commmittee, and the Lead of the Aquatic Biodiversity in Forests working party for the International Union of Forest Research Organizations.
Prior to becoming the Co-chair of the Joint National Steering Committee of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation she was the Co-Chair from 1999-2009 of the PARC Northwest Regional Working Group. Other partnerships she developed include with the Society for Northwestern Vertebrate Biology where she has served as both Vice-President and President and the Pacific Northwest Working Group, Declining Amphibians Populations Task Force where she served as Co-chair.
Dr. Olson has fostered conservation through research, often in partnership with land managers, and through outreach and education. Dede is well-known for her leadership of the Riparian Buffer study that she initiated in 1994 in conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management. She has been at the lead of an international effort to characterize the global extent and implications of amphibian declines associated with the fungus known as Bd. She has also taken a leadership role in The Year of the Turtle (2011) and The Year of the Lizard (2012).
Dr. Olson provides a broad range of service across scientific working groups, mentorship, and conservation education. Of particular importance has been the role Dede has played as mentor. Through various university affiliations, she has served as guiding professor for 8 students and a committee member 26 students. Additional she has mentored both undergraduate and high school students. She has served as chair and in other leadership positions for several professional societies. Most recently she serves as a committee member of an international group focused on aquatic biodiversity. In this role Dr. Olson organized a symposium for the 2010 International Union of Forest Research Organizations World Congress in Seoul, Korea. Dede's work in the area of conservation is reflected in her over 90 publications that directly address conservation of biodiversity.
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