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Forest Ecosystem Dynamics Lab People

Current Members

Paige Byassee

Paige Byassee doing field work at Rock Creek Ranch


  • Paige earned a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and a certificate in Geographic Information Systems from Appalachian State University. Upon joining the Meddens lab as a research technician in October, 2019, she explores numerous spatial analysis methodologies for monitoring forest health.

Past Members

Anthony Martinez

Anthony Martinez doing field work



  • Anthony earned a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Forest Management from the University of Washington, followed by a Master of Science in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho while working as a research assistant with Dr. Meddens. He now works for the US Forest Service as the silviculture forester for the 800,000-acre North Fork Ranger District of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest.

Jasper Steenvoorden

Photo of Jasper Steenvoorden


  • Jasper earned a Master of Science at the University of Idaho with Dr. Meddens—completing a a thesis on the importance of fire refugia for the persistence of Greater sage-grouse in southeastern Oregon, which was recently published in the journal: Ecology & Evolution. Jasper now works as a teacher for the undergraduate Future Planet Studies program at the University of Amsterdam, which focuses on grand sustainability challenges, such as food production, water quality and quantity, sustainable energy, soils in a changing climate, and quality of life.