Theresa (Terry) Bousquet
PSM Program: Environmental Sciences
Graduation Date: 2006
Profile: The PSM program integrated well with my professional goals in the environmental field because it uniquely coordinated coursework in business, ethics, and communication with the Environmental Sciences Program. My internship experience with the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI) provided an opportunity to extend my expertise in analytical methods and data management outside of the laboratory framework while learning about forest watershed management strategies by participating in the Alsea Watershed Study Revisited (AWSR). This is a paired watershed study intended to evaluate Oregon forest practice rules with regard to water quality and fish habitat when applied to current private forest management practices. Water quality and fish habitat in the Alsea watershed was studied extensively 30 years ago and illustrated the impacts of forest management practices in use at that time. This revisit to the watershed provides a rare opportunity to compare data between historical and current management practices. The study is a cooperative endeavor involving Plum Creek Timber Company, OSU Department of Forest Engineering, Colorado State University Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Watershed Stewardship, the United States Geological Survey, the United States Department of Agriculture, and NCASI where business strategies, ethics, and communication are important aspects of a successful joint venture. The internship resulted in the development of a quality assurance project plan and prototype data management system to support the ten year AWSR. I am continuing this endeavor with the objective of facilitating the exchange of watershed data and information between collaborators through a web-based data management system. Over the course of this program I associated with a number of students and professors that truly enriched the experience and gave me a better understanding of different points of view both environmentally and personally. My family, friends, and work colleagues were overwhelmingly supportive, particularly my husband Jim, who picked up many of the household duties and kept me nourished. I am particularly appreciative of Dr. George Ice with NCASI's Forestry Watershed Program who served as my Major Professor and supported this uniquely rewarding opportunity. You really are never too old to go back to school and broaden your mind!