Studies in Higher Education



2020 - current


Research team of 16 academic womxn across disciplines and countries focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on scholarly productivity. We have currently collected data from our first phase of research by soliciting participants from the Facebook group that brought us together - I Should Be Writing with Cathy Mazak. As we are revising the survey for further distribution across academic identities and locations, we are working on four separate manuscripts for publication. Our group came together in response to the increasing reports of reduction in productivity, i.e. research and publication, by women in academia.

2019 - current

Green jobs – The future of employment in the forest sector

A Joint EFI-IFSA-IUFRO Capacity Development Project.

The forest sector has been facing significant changes over the years including globalization, digitalization, changing societal demands and climate change. Thus, the nature of employment in this sector is shifting. Occupational demands keep changing, and the newly evolving “green jobs” promote sustainable development as well as the general well-being of the people. For students, our future decision makers, these developments offer a broader potential professional spectrum, and they will need adequate training to be equipped with the skills required for the new jobs. We do not know of the extent of the changes in employment, as well as the level of preparedness of students. This project will investigate the transforming employment trends in the forest sector while putting special focus on the perspective of students and recent graduates from around the world. It will further explore ways to prepare future foresters for the expected changes.

2018 - current

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Undergraduate students of today must be actively involved in research to meet future demands of industry and academia. Active participation in research, outreach, and extension will help undergraduate students to think deeply about the subject as well as develop critical thinking and problem solving abilities to be work-force ready.

The Department of Wood Science and Engineering at OSU, with support from the US Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Education and Literacy Initiative, offered 12 week research and extension experiences for 10 undergraduate students during the summer of Year 2018 - 2020.


Global Expert Workshop

November 18-19, 2019
Bonn, Germany