Raymond Drapek, Ph.D.
Dr. Raymond Drapek is a researcher at the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station in Corvallis Oregon. He received a PhD in Entomology from Oregon State University in 1993. His thesis was a simulation model of Corn Earworm interactions with pheromone traps with the goal of improving pheromone traps as a tool for predicting ear damage. The experience of conducting simulation modeling with spatial and temporal components allowed Ray to transition in 1996 into working on vegetation models in Dr. Ronald Neilson’s team at the PNW Research Station. Ray did some coding of the MAPSS biogeography model, but most of his contributions to the team have been in the analysis of model outputs and in the preparation of the soil and climate datasets used as inputs to the MAPSS and MC1 models. In his spare time Ray is dedicated to conservation causes and was instrumental to the building of a nature center for the Audubon Society of Corvallis. In addition he leads backpacks for the local Sierra Club group and he organizes Sierra Club volunteer trail maintenance work parties with the city of Corvallis and Benton County.