Jan 05, 2009

A natural resources professor from Oregon State University - Cascades Campus has been selected as a fellow of the International Canadian Studies Institute by the Canadian Consulate General Seattle in collaboration with the Pacific Northwest Canadian Studies Consortium (PNWCSC). Ron Reuter, an associate professor who specializes in soil science and soil ecosystems, was selected in part because forestry, natural resources and sustainability issues are of increasing importance in the U.S. - Canada relationship. He is the first Canadian Studies Institute fellow to be selected from OSU-Cascades.

Reuter joined the faculty of OSU-Cascades in January 2003, has served as program lead for the natural resources program since 2005, and teaches a range of upper level courses, including current issues in natural resources, restoration ecology, wetland ecology, and soil science. Locally, his research focuses on the management of western juniper ecosystems and the restoration of vernal pools of the high desert. He is has expertise in online education and has authored several publications on the topic of lab-based distance education. He has published many articles on soils and restoration ecology research; and delivered lectures on soils, restoration ecology, and distance education nationally and internationally. Reuter's research projects and collaborative work equate to more than $500,000 in funding from sources including The Mazamas and the National Science Foundation.

The International Canadian Studies Institute is an annual multi-disciplinary program that provides American academics, administrators and Ph.D. candidates with a broad multi-disciplinary introduction to Canada and its provinces and territories, and assists in developing or strengthening their respective international studies programs. As part of the program, Reuter will join 11 fellows from universities that are U.S. members of the PNWCS on a 12-day intensive visit to the Province of Alberta in July 2009. The participants, all from Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Idaho, will meet with academics and officials from the agriculture, oil and energy, mining and health care industries, and from the education, justice, cultural arts, economic development, first nations, and environmental fields.

Following his fellowship, Reuter intends to incorporate the information he gathers into courses that discuss international environmental and sustainability issues. He also plans to pursue research and teaching opportunities, and student exchanges with Canadian universities that will broaden interaction within Central Oregon.