Extension Team

Washington State University (WSU) leads the Extension Team, which is composed of extension faculty members and specialists.

Kevin Zobrist

Zobrist, Kevin

(425) 357-6017
Kevin serves as the Washington State University Regional Extension Forestry Specialist for the North Puget Sound area. He is based in Everett, WA, where he coordinates and teaches public forestry education classes, predominantly for owners of small-acreage forests. Kevin also does research related to small-scale forestry and education methods, and develops technical publications for landowners. Before joining the WSU faculty in 2007, Kevin was a forestry research scientist for the University of Washington. Kevin has a BS in forest management and an MS in forest economics, both from the University of Washington. Kevin’s top interests are ecology, native trees, woody biofuels, and using technology in forestry education.

Patricia Townsend

Townsend, Patricia

(425) 741-9963
Dr. Townsend is a Regional Extension Specialist at Washington State University and co-lead for the AHB Extension team. Patricia is playing an active role in developing ecosystem service markets for poplar trees, creating outreach materials, and conducting research on the needs and concerns of stakeholders regarding bioenergy. She completed her Ph. D at the University of Washington (UW) working closely with local landowners on tropical forest restoration and conservation in Costa Rica. While at UW, Patricia also worked on the environmental impacts of biofuel feedstocks. Currently, she is happy to be providing outreach to build a sustainable poplar energy and ecosystem services system in the Northwest.

Sarah Dossey visiting the Pilchuck demonstration site.

Dossey, Sarah


Sarah is the social media specialist for the AHB project. She manages the AHB Facebook page, Twitter account and media relations. Her interests with the project include public STEM education and outreach. Sarah has a B.S. in Biological Sciences from University of Idaho and an M.Sc. in Plant Pathology from Washington State University.

Cat, in front of the poplar trees at the Jefferson, Oregon demonstration site in September 2016.

Gowan, Catherine


Catherine (Cat) Gowan is a human dimensions of natural resource management specialist working with AHB’s Extension team. Her work, both academic and applied, focuses on understanding and exploring the ways in which peoples’ perspectives, attitudes, and behaviors affect complex environmental issues. She has a BA in political science, with an emphasis on environmental studies, from New College of Florida. Cat joined the AHB project after receiving her MS in natural resource management from the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington.


Haider, Nora

(425) 741-9962
Nora is an Extension Coordinator at Washington State University Extension working on the AHB project. Nora is contributing to the development of bioenergy outreach material for the AHB project and is implementing key project activities to inform and educate stakeholders. Nora is also researching stakeholder perspective of bioenergy in the Pacific Northwest.  She holds a degree in Planning and Environmental Policy from Western Washington University where she studied land use planning, environmental science and environmental policy.

Noelle Hart, a member of the AHB Extension team

Hart, Noelle

As part of the Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest (AHB) Extension Team, Noelle is developing outreach materials to communicate current knowledge in the area of biofuels. She is interested in how stakeholder values and science contribute to wise decision-making in social-ecological systems. Noelle has B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Natural Resources from Cornell University and the University of Nebraska, respectively. Her research experience is primarily in the fields of adaptive management and forest ecology. She is excited to apply her academic skills to learning and sharing information about biofuels in the Pacific Northwest.