Alison Lay Cranston

Alison Cranston

Alison Lay Cranston

Instructor, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

Tykeson Hall 326
1500 SW Chandler Avenue
Bend, 97702
United States

M.S. in Natural Resources, Oregon State University
B.S. in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior/B.A. in Geography, The University of Texas at Austin

Prior to working in higher education, Alison spent many years working for the National Park Service, specializing in fire ecology and plant restoration. She also was an outdoor education instructor, working for many school programs and nonprofit organizations.

Alison serves on the OSU-Cascades Sustainability Committee and is the advisor for the student-led Sustainability Club. She also collaborates with community partners to support sustainability efforts on campus.

In addition to teaching at OSU-Cascades, Alison also owns and operates Cascade Wilderness Medicine, which offers certifications in wilderness medicine, a requirement for anyone entering into professional guiding or outdoor instructional professions.

Courses Taught at OSU-Cascades

Environmental Sciences Orientation (ENSC101)
Environmental Geology (GEO221)
Introduction to Environmental Science and Sustainability (SUS102)
Natural Resources Problems and Solutions (NR202)
Environmental Case Studies (ENSC321)
Ecological Restoration (FES445)
Consensus and Natural Resources (FES485)

Research Interests

Alison’s research interests lie at the intersection of recreation and ecology, in particular the development of recreation site monitoring protocol and vegetation restoration.