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Steve Strauss Oral History Interview. March 7, 2017

Steve Strauss Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.

March 7, 2017

Location:  Valley Library, Oregon State University.

Steve Strauss (b. 1955) is a Distinguished Professor of Forest Biotechnology who has been a member of the Forestry faculty at OSU since 1985. Over the course of his career, Strauss has conducted groundbreaking research on tree genetics, using poplars as his primary model organism. Much of this work has incorporated techniques of genetic engineering, an issue that has become increasingly contentious over the course of Strauss' years in academia. In his interview, Strauss traces the arc of his research and comments on the many ways in which changes in the conventional wisdom have compelled him to adapt or reorient his scholarly work. Strauss likewise provides valuable insight into the evolution of the College of Forestry during the years of his association.