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About the Author

Emeritus Professor
Robert L. Edmonds

Robert (Bob) Edmonds was born in 1943 in Sydney, Australia and grew up there. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Sydney University and the Australian Forestry School in Canberra in 1964. After graduation he worked for the Forest Research Institute in Canberra and then as a teaching assistant in the new Department of Forestry at the Australian National University. In 1966 he moved to Seattle, Washington, USA to attend the University of Washington (UW), College of Forest Resources where he completed a Master of Science (1968) and a PhD (1971) in forest pathology. After holding a post-doctoral position in the Botany Department at the University of Michigan from 1971-1974, he returned to UW where he held a faculty position in the College of Forest Resources (now the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences – SEFS) for 38 years. He also served as Associate Dean from 2000-2009. He retired in 2012 and is now an Emeritus Professor in SEFS.


In his years on the faculty he developed a research program including forest health and pathology; forest ecosystem ecology; and forest, soil and stream ecology. He published over 90 peer-reviewed articles, and five books. Edmonds taught classes to hundreds of students in a wide variety of subjects including: forests in the life of man; urban and forest pathology; forest health; sustainable northwest ecosystems; soil ecology; microclimatology; and the Water Center seminar. Reflecting his broad array of interests, he was a member of the Society of American Foresters, Soil Science Society of America, American Meteorological Society, American Water Resources Association, Northwest Scientific Society, International Association for Aerobiology, and the Western International Forest Disease Work Conference.

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