Dave Braun, Ph.D.

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., Forest Ecosystems Analysis, 1998.  College of Forest Resources, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.

M.F.S., Forest Ecology, 1986.  School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, YaleUniversity, New Haven, Connecticut.

B. S., Biology, 1982.  FairfieldUniversity, Fairfield, Connecticut.


Certified Arborist, International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) #PN-6114A

Certified Tree Risk Assessor CTRA 869, ISA

Member, American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA)

Professional Member, Society of American Foresters (SAF) #161395 Columbia Gorge SAF Chapter

Member:  Native Plant Society of Oregon

Oregon CCB #188757; Washington Registration # BRAUNAC908DQ

Oregon Commercial Pesticide Operator License AG-L1017983CPO

Oregon Commercial Pesticide Applicator License AG-L1017982CPA

Washington Commercial Pesticide Applicator License: 82597


Braun Arboricultural Consulting LLC: Consultant, Owner/Manager

1193 22nd. St., Hood River, Oregon. 97031; 541-806-0347 (cell)

Full Time: 2008 to Present

Services: tree risk & health assessment; diagnosis & treatment of insects & disease; vegetation appraisal; forest ecosystem restoration, including: plant identification, native plant establishment, fuel treatment, pine beetle mitigation, & wildlife tree creation; tree pruning and removal; tree bracing and cabling; forest research, training & lecturing.

Clients Include: Hood River County and City of Hood River, OR; City of White Salmon, WA; Columbia Gorge Community College, The Dalles, OR;  Haglund, Kelley, Horngren, Jones, and Hunter, Portland, OR; Eymann, Allison, Hunter, and Jones, Spokane, WA; SDS Lumber Inc., Bingen, WA.  Additional companies and private individuals in: HoodRiver and Wasco Counties, OR; Skamania and Klickitat Counties, WA; Portland, OR; Goldendale, Olympia, Seattle, Snoqualmie, and Tacoma, WA.

Instructor, Columbia Gorge Community College

The Dalles, OR  97058-3456

2004-2008. Contact: (541) 506-6000

Classes: Botany, Environmental Science, Forest Habitats, Marine Biology, Fresh Water Biology

Technologist Level 3 (full time)

University of Washington, Wind River Canopy Crane Research Facility, Carson, Washington.

5-1-99 to 8-31-2002; Contact: David Shaw, Site Director (now Asst. Prof., OSU; 541-737-2845)

Arbornaut position: assisted scientists in use of a 285 ft. tower crane used to access the canopy of an old-growth forest dedicated to basic research. Designed and gave lectures on forest ecology and ongoing site research to students and other visitors. Assisted in or conducted research and monitoring in entomology, ornithology, bryology, mycology, and stand dynamics.

Summer, 1994: technician: mapping crew for 4 ha plot around crane.

Lecturer, Forest Ecology, Entomology

1990 to Present

Community Education Hood River, Evergreen State College, Hood River County Public Schools, The Mountaineers, Native Plant Society of Oregon, North Cascades Institute, SAF Columbia Gorge Ch., Seattle Public Schools, Target Specialty Products, USFS Ketchikan, Washington DOT, World Affairs Council of Oregon & US Dept. of State Visitor Leadership Program; (see Conferences and Workshops, below)

Teaching Assistant, College of Forest Resources, University of Washington; Seattle, WA

May 1989 to December 1991. Contact: Dr. Robert Gara, 206-543-2788

Aided teaching “Introduction to Forest Management”. Duties included writing and grading exams and papers, conducting labs, interpretive walks, and occasionally teaching the class.

Research Associate

January 1987 to June 1987  Contact: Dr. Richard Goyer, 225-578-1827

Carried out and published research on the population dynamics of the fruit tree leaf roller, Archips argyrosila, in bald-cypress stands at LouisianaStateUniversity.


Braun, D. M. and R. I. Gara.  201- (In Prep.)  Host Selection of the Mountain Pine Beetle in Second Growth Ponderosa Pine Stands. To be submitted to Northwest Science.

Shaw, D. C., J. Chen, E. Freeman, and D. M. Braun.  2005. Hemlock dwarf mistletoe infected trees in an old-growth Douglas-fir / western hemlock forest. Canadian Journal of Forest Research.

Chen, J., B. Song, M. Mouer, M. Rudnicki, K. Bible, D. C. Shaw, D. M. Braun, and J. Franklin.  2004.  Spatial relationships of biomass and species distribution in an old-growth Pseudotsuga-Tsuga forest.  Forest Science 50 (3): 364-375.

Braun, D. M., D. Shaw, M. VanScoy, and B. Runcheng.  2002.  Folivory of vine maple in an old-growth forest in the southern Washington Cascades.  Northwest Science 76(4): 315-321.

Braun, D. M. 1998. The influence of thinning second-growth ponderosa pine (Pinus

ponderosa Laws.) on the host colonization of the mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosaeHopk.).

Dissertation, University of WashingtonCollege of Forest Resources.

Braun, D. M., R. A. Goyer, and G. J. Lenhard.  1990.  Biology and mortality agents of the fruit tree leaf roller (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) on Baldcypress in Louisiana.  Journal of Entomological Science 25(1): 176-184.


American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA):

Annual Meeting, Nov. 30th – Dec. 3rd., 2011, Lake Tahoe. Attended.

Annual Meeting, December 5th-8th, 2010.  Amelia Island. Florida Attended.

Annual Meeting, December 2 -5, 2009.  Monterey, California. Attended.

Tree Appraisal Workshop, July 8th, 2009, Longview, Wa. Attended.

Consulting Academy. February 23-26, 2009, Sonoma CA. Attended and passed exam.

Ecological Society of America:

Annual Conference, August 6-10, 2000, Snowbird, Utah.  Presented work on folivory of vine maple by lepidopteran larvae at the WRCCRF.

Annual Conference, August 8-12, 1999, Spokane, Washington.  Presented dissertation research on the host selection of the mountain pine beetle.

International Society of Arboriculture, Pacific Northwest Chapter:

S.T.A.R.R.S. Single Rope Technique Workshop, March 3rd, 2012, Arlington, WA: Attended

Ann. Training Conf.: “Life in the Trees”, September 26th – 29th, 2010, Tacoma, WA. Attended.

Tree Risk Assessment Course & Exam, August 19th – 20th, 2010, Redmond, WA. Attended.

Tree Risk Assessment Exam, September 17th, 2010, Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, OR.

Annual Training Conf., “Windows into Tree Care”, September 28 – October 1st, 2006, Redmond, WA. Attended.

S.T.A.R.R.S. Workshop, “Dealing with Hazard Trees and Falling and Bucking Seminar February 20th , 2010, Arlington, WA: Attended.

Northwest Scientific Association:

Annual Meeting, March, 2001, Arcata, California. Presented work on avian exclosures used to estimate the influence of birds on forest herbivory through their feeding on arthropod herbivores at the Wind River Canopy Crane Research Facility, Stabler, WA.

National Wildlife Federation & others:

National Teach-in on Global Warming Solutions. February 6th, 2009, Columbia Gorge Community College, Indian Creek Campus, Hood River. Organizer and Presenter of Hood River Conference. Presented lecture: “Global Warming and the Role of Forests”.

Native Forest Council & Others:

Workshop: “Clearcutting the Climate: Uniting the Climate and Forest Protection Movements”. January 26th, 2008. University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon. Attended.

Oregon Academy of Science Conference:

Annual Meeting, February 28th, 2004, Portland State University. Presented research on preconceptions of evolutionary theory held by high school students.

Society of American Foresters

Annual Meeting: Columbia Gorge/Blue Mt.Chapters;Columbia Gorge Chapter Meeting.  Changing Forestry Along the Oregon Trail, April 24-26, 2013.  Attended.

Columbia Gorge Chapter Meeting, January 26th, 2011, Bingen, WA. Presented.  Lecture: “Selected Local Insects: Bark Beetles, Wood Boring Beetles, and Black Pineleaf Scale”.

Workshop: Mixed/Multiple Tree Species Management, May 31-June 1 2007, Corvallis, OR. Attended.

Annual Meeting, Central Oregon Chapter, “Changing Facets of the Forest Community”. May 17 – 18, 2007, Bend, OR. Attended.

Skamania County Washington Noxious Weed Control Program (also Oregon State University Extension and Washington State University Extension, Skamania County). March 29th, 2012.  Invasive Species and Exotic Pest Workshop. Attended.

Target Specialty Products

Spring Arbor Symposium April 12th, 2012, Tualatin, OR. Attended.

Spring Arbor Symposia October 12th, 2010, Tualatin, OR. Attended.

Spring Arbor Symposia March 19th, 2008, Tualatin, OR. Presented.  Lecture: Bark Beetles and Wood Borers in  Forest and Landscape Trees.

United States Forest Service.

7th Western Hazard Tree Workshop, May 13-17, 2013.  Presented “Risk Management of an Historic Honey Locust in Hood River, Oregon.

Co-taught Training Workshop for Removing Hazard Trees & Class C Faller Credential, April, 2008, Ketchikan, AK. Trainers: Timothy K. Brown, Austin

World Affairs Council of Oregon & US Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program.

Meeting, March 30th, 2009, Hood River, OR. Presented a lecture on local forest ecology, land use, and land management to a delegation of foresters from Kazakhstan.

Western Forestry and Conservation Association:

Advanced Insect and Disease Field Session, July 8-11, 2013, HoodRiver OR.  Attended

The Basics of PineRegionForestLand and Timber Appraisal. November 6 – 9, 2012, Spokane, WA. Attended

Developing Ecologically Diverse Douglas-fir Forests. May 26, 2011. Portland, Oregon. Attended.

Managing Climate Change Risk in Forests: How We Can Use Silviculture and Genetics to Minimize Potential Problems? November 12th, 2008 Portland, Oregon. Attended.

Forest Health: Identification and Management  of Forest Insects and Diseases. Dec. 11-12, 2007.  Spokane, WA. Attended.

Wind River Canopy Crane Research Facility, University of Washington

Conferences, June 2000, 2001, 2002, Carson, Washington. Presented work on the lepidopteran folivores of vine maple, the effect of avian exclosures on herbivory, and the flying insect community of an old-growth conifer forest.


Braun Arboricultural Consulting  (541) 806-0347