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Three Rocky Mountain Research Station scientists promoted to Senior Scientist status

Posted date: November 03, 2020

The USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station is pleased to announce three scientists have recently been promoted to Senior Scientist status, the highest level of accomplishment a federal scientist can receive. 

Dr. Deborah Page-Dumroese, Research Soil Scientist from Moscow, ID; Dr. Kas Dumroese, Research Plant Physiologist from Moscow, ID; and Dr. Susan Meyer, Research Ecologist from Provo, UT were all recognized with this promotion in October 2020. 

The Senior Scientist ranking, also known as ST (Senior Science and Technology Service), is comparable in status to a position in the Senior Executive Service. The work of these scientists lifts the reputation of the Station and Forest Service science. Our ST scientists serve as leaders, mentoring new scientists and asking hard questions that move the field of natural resource science forward. They join the six current RMRS ST scientists, all recognized with this high achievement. 

Dr. Susan Meyer, recognized for her significant contributions to the field of shrubland science, said, "My career as a Forest Service research scientist greatly benefited from early mentorship and encouragement from RMRS scientists Durant McArthur, Steve Monsen, and Dave Nelson, who showed me that mission-oriented research could also be great science."

Dr. Deborah Page-Dumroese is recognized for her leadership in taking science from the cutting-edge to usable deliverables. She said, “All of the research that I’ve conducted could not have been possible without willing partners from National Forest System, industry, private landowners, university, and other R&D colleagues. They have all contributed to my successes!” 

Dr. Kas Dumroese’ collaborations with the management community and ability to address their research questions, especially around plant nurseries and restoration, is exceptional. He said, “I am humbled by this promotion, and grateful to my mentors, teammates, support staff, employees, and the hundreds of willing collaborators that have contributed to my success.”


Headshot of Deborah Page-Dumroese
Dr. Deborah Page-Dumroese
Headshot of Kas Dumroese
Dr. Kas Dumroese
Headshot of Susan Meyer
Dr. Susan Meyer

The Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) is one of seven units within the U.S. Forest Service Research and Development. RMRS maintains 14 field laboratories throughout a 12-state territory encompassing parts of the Great Basin, Southwest, Rocky Mountains, and the Great Plains. RMRS also administers and conducts research on 14 experimental forests, ranges and watersheds and maintains long-term research databases for these areas. While anchored in the geography of the West our research is global in scale. To find out more about the RMRS go to You can also follow us on Twitter at




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