About Professor Stephen Sillett - Curriculum Vitae

Stephen Charles Sillett

Kenneth L. Fisher Chair in Redwood Forest Ecology
Department of Forestry & Wildland Resources, Humboldt State University

August 2009

Born March 19, 1968

Married Marie E. Antoine December 8, 2001

Professional Preparation

  • Professor, Humboldt State University, 2006 – present
  • Associate Professor, Humboldt State University, 2001 – 2005
  • Assistant Professor, Humboldt State University, 1995 – 2001
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Oregon State University, 1995
  • Master of Science, University of Florida, Botany, 1991
  • Bachelor of Arts, Reed College, 1989


(reverse chronological order)

Research Funding

(excluding $680,000 granted to collaborating universities)

  • National Science Foundation—$543,000 from 2000 to 2007
  • Save-the-Redwoods League—$380,000 from 1999 to present
  • Kenneth L. Fisher—$362,500 from 2006 to present
  • Global Forest Science—$348,000 from 1999 to 2004
  • USDA Forest Service—$20,000 from 1999 to 2001
  • British Broadcasting Company—$12,000 in 2004


Sillett’s research on forest canopies has been featured in books, magazines, newspapers, television programs, film, radio interviews, museum displays, and park bulletins. Here is a partial listing of these sources:


  • Extreme Scientists: Exploring Nature’s Mysteries from the Cutting Edge, by Donna E. Jackson, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2009.
  • The Wild Trees, by Richard Preston, Random House, 2007.
  • Tree: A New Vision of the American Forest, by James Balong, Barnes & Noble Books, 2004.
  • Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast, by Robert Van Pelt, University of Washington Press, 2001.
  • Coast Redwood: A Natural and Cultural History, by John Everts & Marjorie Popper (editors), Cachuma Press, 2001, pages 34-35.
  • Science at the Extreme, by Peter Lane Taylor. McGraw-Hill, 2001, pages 92-117.


  • High Life, by Pearl Tesler. Current Science, December 12 2008, pages 4-5.
  • Climbing into an Unexplored Frontier, by David Lukas. National Wildlife¸August/September 2008, pages 18-20.
  • Spitzen-Forschung, by Richard Preston, GEO, April 2008, pages 92-111.
  • Between Heaven and Earth, by Richard Preston. Alternatives Journal volume 34, 3 pages.
  • In den Kronen der Giganten, by Hubertus Breuer. Süddeutsche Zeitung Nr. 287 Donnerstag, December 2007, page 18.
  • Green Giant, by Chris Carroll. National Geographic, March 2007, page 28.
  • Tall for Its Age, by Richard Preston. The New Yorker, 9 October 2006, pages 32-36.
  • California’s Wild Crusade, by Virginia Morell. National Geographic, February 2006, pages 80-95.
  • Climbing the Redwoods, by Richard Preston. The New Yorker, 14 & 21 February 2004, pages 212-225.
  • Inside the Hanging Gardens of Arcata, by Anil Ananthaswamy. New Scientist, 9 November 2002, pages 46-49.
  • Tree Giants of North America, by Mark W. Moffett. National Geographic, January 1997, pages 44-61.
  • The Secret Life of Backyard Trees, by Kevin Krajick. Discover, November 1995, pages 92-101.


  • Jim Metzner’s Pulse of the Planet, 14 episodes (Science Diaries) about redwood forest canopies aired on over 300 public radio stations across the United States, starting July 2008 (to see text of these episodes, go to www.pulseplanet.com).
  • Astrid Brekken’s På livet laus blant redwoodtrærne, http://www.nrk.no/kanal/nrk_p2/1.4062529, aired on Norwegian radio November 18, 2007.
  • Joe Palca’s Tall Trees interview for Science Friday, aired on NPR 23 April 2004.
  • Earth & Sky, two episodes about redwood forests, aired on NPR 2003.



  • Seasonal Forests episode of Planet Earth series. British Broadcasting Corporation, March 2007 on the Discovery Channel.
  • Wild Chronicles episode documenting measurement of the world’s tallest tree, January 2007 on the National Geographic Channel.
  • Canopy Crane / Forest Canopy episode #703 of Oregon Field Guide. Oregon Public Broadcasting, 1995 on PBS.


  • Adventures in Wild California, IMAX by MacGillivray-Freeman Films, 1999.

Other Presentations

Since 1996, Sillett has given scientific presentations at 5 international meetings (International Society of Arboriculture—2008 meeting in St. Louis, Missouri; International Canopy Conference—2005 meeting in Leipzig, Germany; International Association of Lichenologists—2004 meeting in Tartu, Estonia; International Symposium on Tree Biology and Development—2000 meeting in Montréal, Quebec; International Canopy Conference—1998 meeting in Sarasota, FL), 3 national meetings (Ecological Society of America—2007 meeting in San Jose; American Bryological and Lichenological Society—2000 meeting in Portland; Ecological Society of America—1996 meeting in Boston), and 4 regional meetings (Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, Boise Idaho; Northwest Scientific Association—1998, 1999, and 2000 meetings in Olympia, Tacoma, and Arcata). He has given many invited lectures at other institutions, including Stanford University (Palo Alto, California), Monash University (Melbourne, Australia), Waiariki Institute of Technology (Rotorua, New Zealand), Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff), Royal Botanical Gardens (Edinburgh, Scotland), International Dendrology Society (Windsor, England), Reed College (Portland, Oregon), Save-the-Redwoods League (San Francisco), Redwood National and State Parks (Orick), Humboldt Redwoods State Park (Eureka), California Native Plant Society (Arcata), Oregon State University (Corvallis), and several public schools in the US and Canada.