Max G. Geier

Max G. Geier is professor of history, emeritus, at Western Oregon University and taught Pacific Northwest History and the History of the North American West there from 1991-2014 while specializing in the history of community, rural-urban relations, and related environmental issues. Previously published scholarship includes two books exploring the history of scientific communities and forest science research in Alaska and at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, and more recently, a third book, The Color of Night: Race, Railroaders, and Murder in the Wartime West  (Oregon State University Press, November 2015). Another book-length editing project, Silvicultural Approaches to Animal Damage Management in Pacific Northwests Forests, with Hugh C. Black, was awarded the 1993 Wildlife Society Award for editing of a scientific publication. Oral history interviews of leading scientists associated with the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, including Jerry Franklin, are available at the Oregon State University Archives, in Corvallis.

Author's Entries

  • Conviction of Robert Folkes

    On January 5, 1945, the State of Oregon executed Robert Folkes, a twenty-one-year-old Black railroad worker and labor unionist. His arrest, trial, imprisonment, and futile appeals to the Oregon Supreme Court, Oregon Governor Earl Snell, and the U.S. Supreme Court alarmed civil rights activists and opponents of capital punishment …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Jerry F. Franklin (1936-)

    Jerry F. Franklin’s early experiences in Oregon and Washington forests inspired his career as a forest ecologist. A research forester and chief plant ecologist for the U.S. Forest Service in Corvallis and professor of forest sciences at Oregon State University, he was an early advocate for applying New Forestry …

    Oregon Encyclopedia