NPSO 2016 Annual Meeting
Saturday Evening Keynote Speaker
Mark Egger, Research Associate at the Burke Museum of Natural History in Seattle and retired Science Teacher, is the keynote speaker at the 2016 Annual Meeting Saturday banquet. Mark was selected because of his teaching and presentation skills and his expertise in the genus Castilleja and the related genera, Orthocarpus, Cordylanthus, and Chloropyron. Up to 8 paintbrush species are documented from the McKenzie River area, some of which will be seen on Annual Meeting field trips.
- Castilleja arachnoidea Greenm.
- Castilleja attenuata (A. Gray) T.I. Chuang & Heckard
- Castilleja hispida Benth. var. hispida
- Castilleja miniata Douglas ex Hook. var. miniata
- Castilleja parviflora Bong. var. oreopola (Greenm.) Ownbey
- Castilleja pruinosa Fernald
- Castilleja rupicola Piper
- Castilleja suksdorfii A. Gray
Mark’s educational credits include a B.S. in Science Education from Oregon State University, including study with Dr. Ken Chambers, and independent graduate studies in botany at the University of Washington with Dr. Art Kruckeberg. In addition, Mark taught a variety of science courses in the public schools in the Seattle area for nearly 30 years, until his retirement in 2015.
Friday Evening Speaker
Dave received his undergraduate degree in Earth Sciences from Pennsylvania State University. He worked in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest while in school and after, experiencing the eruption of Mt. St Helens and its aftermath, firsthand.
After leaving St Helens, Dave worked at the Rigdon Ranger District on the Willamette National Forest in Oakridge, at first in silviculture and then as Hydrologist.
From Oakridge, Dave moved to the Malheur National Forest in John Day, where he was the first project level hydrologist to be hired by the Forest. He held the position of Forest Soil and Water Program Manager and Forest Hydrologist at the time he left John Day to return to the Willamette National Forest as the Zone Hydrologist for the Blue River and McKenzie Ranger Districts, serving in this capacity for 12 years. During his tenure with the Willamette NF he participated in research management in partnership with the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest.
In 2009, Dave accepted a position as the Hydropower Coordinator for the Forest continuing in this role until his retirement in the fall of 2012.
Dave continues to be involved with wildland management, volunteering at both the Gifford Pinchot and Willamette National Forests.
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