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Oregon State University

Steve Tesch

Emeritus Professor of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management

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Dr. Steve Tesch is an emeritus Professor in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. In 2016, he stepped down as the Associate Dean for Research and Associate Director of the Forest Research Laboratory after providing leadership for the College’s research activities since 2009.  Steve has held a variety of positions in the College, including Executive Associate Dean, Head of the Department of Forest Engineering, Professor of Silviculture, and Extension Specialist. In the later role, he worked off-campus in southwestern Oregon as part of the reforestation-focused Forestry Intensified Research Program. 

As Associate Dean for Research, Steve helped faculty secure $10-15 million in external research funds annually. His responsibilities included coordinating leadership for the College’s 11 research cooperatives, working with more than 100 partner companies and agencies to apply research to meet their collective needs. Steve also worked closely with a stakeholder advisory committee for nearly 20 years to manage the FRL’s harvest tax funded Fish and Wildlife Habitat in Managed Forests Research program.

Steve has received the Carl Alwin Schenk award from the Society of American Foresters for outstanding performance in forestry education and the College of Forestry’s Aufderheide Award for excellence in teaching.