OSU EXTENSION: Meet Aaron Groth, Regional Fire Specialist

In January, Aaron Groth began the position of Regional Fire Specialist and Assistant Professor of Practice for the Coast Fire Service Area, based in Astoria. His coverage area includes Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, and Lincoln Counties. Aaron is currently completing his PhD in Geography with a focus on landscape ecology and management, forest conservation, biogeography, and integrated watershed studies.

Aaron joins the OSU Extension Service from the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Geography and the Environment, where he is working on his Ph.D. degree in Geography, focused on landscape ecology and management, forest conservation, biogeography, and integrated watershed studies. Aaron is a former Peace Corps Volunteer, where he worked in the areas of agroforestry and reforestation in the Andes Mountains of Peru during 2006 – 2008 and then continued on working for the Peace Corps in a professional capacity as Environmental Management Volunteer Coordinator for two years and as a Community Conservation Specialist for the Upper Amazon Conservancy (Peru). His work in Peru in the Andes and Upper Amazon spanned 15 years, where we worked for a variety of organizations in variety of environment and conservation related positions. Aaron holds a B.A. degree in History and International Studies from the University of Wisconsin and an M.A. in Geography from the University of Missouri. Aaron holds graduate certificates in Conservation Biology and Geographic Information Science. Aaron has extensive experience working with indigenous communities and is fluent in Spanish.
Welcome Aaron to OSU Extension, and watch for information about an upcoming virtual presentation.