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Jane Terzibashian

Jane Terzibashian
Supervisory Biological Scientist - IRAM Team Leader
Resource Monitoring and Assessment
620 SW Main, Suite 502
Portland, OR 97205-3028
United States
Current Research

My current work is with the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) Region including Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, Hawai'i and the Pacific Islands.

FIA is a nationwide, long-term forest monitoring program that began with an act of Congress in 1928 (McSweeney-McNary Forest Research Act).Since that time, FIA has grown and adapted to meet changing needs, however its core mission has remained the same: to report on the status and trends of the Nation’s forest resources. FIA data and products are publicly available and published online ( FIA data are used for forest planning, non-native species monitoring, fire modeling, biomass availability studies, assessing fuels reduction strategies, carbon estimation, and growth, yield, and mortality monitoring across the landscape. The data collected on individual plots are pooled and summarized, protecting landowner privacy as mandated by the Food Security Act. We take landowner privacy seriously to preserve data integrity, and the relationship with our partners across the region who we depend upon to help tell the story of the nation’s forests.

As Team Leader of the Inventory Reporting and Mapping team (IRAM), my primary is to oversee the daily work of the analysts within our reporting group, participate in strategic planning, prioritization, and implementation of regional and national forest monitoring programs. We perform analytical quality assurance protocols and deliver data to the public through databases, workshops, story maps, technical reports and other publications.

Our team engages directly with our client base to distribute inventory data, to build relevance, user capacity, and partnerships. IRAM actively provides feedback, guidance, and design criteria to the local and national FIA program via analysis and interactions with other research groups, land managers, and agency leadership. We work closely with clients and stakeholders to summarize and interpret FIA data in relation to their specific areas of interest. 

I am also the PNW lead for the FIA Analyst Band working to identify current and emerging resource information needs, developing analytical solutions, new policies, procedures, guidance, or directives, and national program direction related to monitoring and climate change science. 


Past Research

I proudly worked as a field scientist and coordinator for the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program at the Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station for the first 20 years of my career. As a member of the Data Collection Team, I traversed the west coast of the United States collecting measurements the trees, vegetation, and other biophysical indicators to monitor how our forests are changing. Observing and directly engaging with the land and land stewards across the region directly allowed me access to firsthand experience and knowledge critical to my current research pursuits.

Research Interest
Inventory and monitoring techniques and analysis
Science delivery
Transdisciplinary collaboration and coproduction
Forest health indicators
Pacific Northwest forest ecology
Urban forest inventory

Awards & Recognition
  • Scientific Achievement - USDA Forest Service Inspiring Women Award, 2017