Welcome to Orientation! We would like to acknowledge the land we are on. The Portland Metro area rests on traditional village sites of the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Bands of Chinook, Tualatin, Kalapuya, Molalla and many other tribes who made their homes along the Columbia River. Today peoples from these bands have become part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz, as well as the Chinook and Cowlitz Nations. It is important to acknowledge the ancestors of this place and to recognize that we are here because of the sacrifices forced upon them. In remembering these communities, we honor their legacy, their lives, and their descendants.

If you have any questions throughout the day, our check in Smith Memorial Student Union (Ballroom, 355) will remain open for the entirety of the program.
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Todd Rosenstiel

Portland State University, College of Liberal Arts & Science

Todd Rosenstiel began his tenure as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in September 2020. He joined the biology faculty at Portland State as an assistant professor in 2006. He previously served as the director of the Center for Life in Extreme Environments (2014-2018) and associate dean for research and graduate studies (2016-2020). 

An internationally recognized plant biologist, his current research primarily focuses on the interactions between trees, atmospheric chemistry, human health, and climate change. In addition, his laboratory research group examines the ecology and physiology of plants that live in extreme environments, including the fundamental role of mosses in shaping the future of a warming Antarctica. Throughout his career, he has been a strong advocate for building collaborative multidisciplinary research teams and advancing opportunities for involving undergraduates in impactful research at PSU.

Todd received his B.S. in biology from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, and his Ph.D. in ecology and evolution from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Before joining PSU, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder.