PNW-ISA welcomes Corey Basset as its new Public Outreach & Engagement Director for the Board of Directors. To better introduce Corey, we've asked her to answer the questions below. Please feel free to reach out to Corey and join us in welcoming her to PNW-ISA.
What do you do, and what drew you to arboriculture/urban forestry?
Currently, I am a PhD Student at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Forestry, researching the impacts of urban forest management and working as a Teaching Assistant in the Bachelor of Urban Forestry program.
In high school and college, all I knew was I wanted a career somehow related to nature. I was interested in urban farming, conservation, even sustainable energy, mainly because those were the sectors I had heard of; arboriculture and urban forestry were completely invisible to me. I had visited the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania as a freshman in college and in my last year, somehow found out they offered full-time, paid, internships. I applied, and was luckily accepted! This was a game changer for me. The Morris Arboretum was very supportive of interns and provided us with the chance to attend conferences and workshops, so I was fortunate to be exposed to the greater community of arborists and urban foresters early on.
The internship at the Morris Arboretum showed me that I loved the work, but the intentional connection they provided me with the industry’s professional community kept me on this path. It allowed me to envision the many future career paths available and to meet people who are now lifelong mentors. I easily could have ended up in a different field, but the right opportunities at the right time showed me that I could have an impactful career and work with passionate people in arboriculture and urban forestry.
Why did you decide to serve as a volunteer board member?
Before moving to Vancouver, BC, in August 2019, I lived in Hawaii and California and loved being involved with the Western Chapter ISA. When I moved here, I had heard so much about the great community of PNW-ISA that I knew I had to get involved. Many thanks to the Chapter members who have reached out to me too.
As a Board Member, I hope to help create paths for new people to find rewarding careers in arboriculture and urban forestry and to serve as a link between PNW-ISA and the research community. I’m excited to engage with the amazing work this Chapter is doing.
What do you like to do for fun?
I love taking walks and hikes with my dog and husband, biking around the city, and staying in touch with friends and family around the world.
Feel free to reach out to me through LinkedIn, Twitter, or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org!