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.

Tatiana is an Energy Associate at Washington State University Extension Snohomish County and supports the AHB Extension Team by working with the Latino community.

Giraldo, Tatiana

(425) 741-9962

Tatiana is an Energy Associate at Washington State University Extension in Snohomish County and supports the AHB Extension Team by working with the Latino community. She educates, and trains others to educate, about energy literacy and biofuels to Spanish-speaking audiences. She has been working with the Latino community in Washington State for the past 6 years as an educator, Parent Mentor (helping Hispanic parents navigate the US public school system and encouraging them to be more involved in their children’s education), and social worker, referring families to available resources to improve their quality of life and meet their immediate needs.

Tatiana has developed an extensive network of Latino leaders, educators, and volunteers who have enabled her to reach out to the Latino community, emphasizing the importance of making significant changes to the daily use of energy and discovering alternatives to fossil fuels that help the environment and our future generations. Tatiana is happy to be part of this project and to be the bridge of communication in the community.

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.