Seth Ex

Fall 2009 College of Natural Resources Valedictorian




Seth started in Fall 2007 as a Forestry major at USU. He transferred to USU from the University of Alaska - Anchorage. Before returning to school, he was a project manager for the Homer Soil and Water Conservation District in Homer, AK. Seth was president of the USU Forestry Club during the 2008-2009 academic year, and part of USU's 2008 National Champion Society of American Foresters (SAF) foresty quiz-bowl team.

His undergraduate research uses dendroecological methods to examine succession and stand structure of curl-leaf mountain mahogany in the Bear River Mountains, and is funded by the CNR and URCO. Seth was mentored on this project by Dr. Jim Long and PhD candidate in ecology R. Justin DeRose. H has presented this research twice on USU's campus (at the Spring 2009 Student Showcase and during Fall 2009 NR Week), and also at the 2009 SAF Annual Convention in Orlando, FL (the USU Academic Opportunity Fund helped pay for this). Currently, he is writing an article on this work for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. Seth has also collaborated with Richie Gardner on mahogany genetics work under the guidance of Dr. Karen Mock.

Seth married, Lindsay, August 2009. He is originally from Michigan's Upper Peninsula and Lindsay is from Ohio (Columbus area). They met in Alaska. Lindsay is a graduate student in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. After Lindsay graduates in Spring 2010, they are moving to Fort Collins, CO, where Seth will pursue a graduate degree in Forestry at Colorado State University.