A “New Normal” for Fire in Western Oregon and Washington

Story map, with videos, graphics, and audio clips, for the US Forest Service (USFS) Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station about the effects of climate change on fire in western Oregon and Washington. (June 2021)

Biological Legacies on Mount St. Helens

Scripted, filmed, edited, and produced this video for the 40th anniversary of the Mount St. Helens eruption, featuring long-term research on ecological recovery. It was shared on national U.S. Forest Service platforms and part of highly-successful social media campaigns that I planned for the PNW Research Station Twitter account (@usfs_pnwrs), that also featured additional video clips. (May 2020)

Wood Products for Cultural Use

Story map, with videos, graphics, and audio clips, for the PNW Research Station that highlights some of the concerns of southeastern Alaskan communities and Native Alaskans regarding the supply of, and access to, wood products for cultural use. (May 2021)

Changing Alaskan Shorelines and Resources

Story map for the PNW Research Station about the impact of changing shorelines on important coastal resources. (Aug 2019)

2019 Annual Report for the US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station

Co-authored the annual report for the PNW Research Station. (Aug 2020)

Megafire infographics series

Designed digital and print infographics for the PNW Research Station to share information about megafires. Remains among the top-performing posts on the USFS Research and Development Facebook page and the station’s Twitter account. Printed for distribution at regional events and Congressional briefings. (May 2018)

Selected Additional Work

Science Writing

Timing it right: Maximizing range management effectiveness with PhenoMap. Connected Science, February 2021. Wrote and collaborated on designs for the a new, recurring series to highlight collaborative research in the Forest Service.

Conducting field research during a pandemic (web feature on U.S. Forest Service national site). November 2020.

Invasive grasses pose previously unrecognized threat to forests (press release). April 2020.

Going the distance: Barred owls force spotted owls to travel farther to breed (web feature). Dec 2019.

2018 Science Highlights Report of the Pacific Northwest Research Station (report). Sept 2019. Co-authored the annual station report.

Understanding and Preparing for Fire (web feature). Oct 2018. Story map, including original digital illustrations and accompanying infographics (links to infographics in following section).

2017 Science Highlights Report of the Pacific Northwest Research Station (report). Sept 2018. Authored sections of the annual station report.

Where in the World is the Pacific Marten? Tracking the rare animal in Oregon’s coastal forest (web feature). April 2018. Story map, including audio clips.

Leveraging Leftovers: Using eDNA to Track Freshwater Species (web feature). March 2018.

Invasive Species (web feature). Jan 2018. Story map that is consistently among the most-viewed pages on the station’s website.

Even Fish Need Oxygen (web feature). Nov 2017. Science story with corresponding short video (link to video in following section).

Spotlight on: Ali Freibott’s Research (blog post). 2 May 2016. Blog post for the CCE LTER Ecosystem Responses to El Niño blog.

LTER Student Science at the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting (blog post). 12 March 2016. Blog post for the Short Stories About Long Term Research blog.

Videos, Graphics, and Social Media

Developed recurring Twitter features, including Word Wednesdays and Friday Quotes, to support consistent posting and increase followers on the PNW Research Station’s Twitter account (@usfs_pnwrs). Examples one, two, and three.

Mount St. Helens 40th anniversary social media campaign. May 2020-21. Filmed and edited a series of short video clips with a scientific expert on the ecological recovery of Mount St. Helens. Planned a week-long social media campaign featuring these videos (example tweets one, two, and three) that significantly increased views, interactions, and followers to the PNW Research Station’s Twitter account.

Dry farming in the Pacific Northwest. Dec 2019. Planned, filmed, and produced a video featuring work by the USDA Northwest Climate Hub and collaborators investigating dry farming practices in the region. Shared on the national Forest Service YouTube account.

Musical clams. Nov 2019. A short clip from the field set to classical music for a fun Thanksgiving day Twitter post by the USFS PNW Research Station account.

Forest carbon infographics. Feb 2019. A series of three infographics (onetwo, and three) highlighting the main findings of the most recent forest carbon inventory of California by the USFS PNW Research Station.

#UnScienceAnAnimal graphics. Jan 2019. A series of three graphics (onetwo, and three) highlighting USFS PNW Research Station work and leveraging the trending hashtag. To date, these are the highest-performing posts on the station’s Twitter account (@usfs_pnwrs).

Ever Wonder How Trees Grow? Oct 2018. Educational video explaining how trees grow and how scientists measure this growth, to accompany the USFS PNW Research Station’s publication Science Findings Issue 210.

Understanding and Preparing for Fire infographics. Oct 2018. Two infographics (one and two) designed to promote the accompanying web feature on fire and forest ecology research by the USFS PNW Research Station.

Which Pacific Northwest National Forest Should You Visit Next? (quiz). July 2018. Interactive quiz for the USFS PNW Research Station.

Arbor Day “Tree-via” graphics. April 2018. Graphics for the 2018 Arbor Day social media “Tree-via” campaign coordinated between the USFS PNW Research Station and U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region.

What Tree Are You? Pacific Northwest Edition (quiz). Jan 2018. Interactive quiz promoting research at the USFS PNW Research Station that is one of the most-viewed pages on the station’s website.

Even Fish Need Oxygen. Nov 2017. Video accompaniment to a science story about stream hypoxia research at the USFS PNW Research Station.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

J Brandon, A Freibott, LM Sala. (2019). Patterns of suspended and salp-ingested microplastic debris in the North Pacific investigated with epifluorescence microscopy. Limnology and Oceanography Letters, doi: 10.1002/lol2.10127. *Selected as one of the top 18 outstanding articles published by the journal in 2018-19*

A Freibott. (2017) Plankton Community Composition and Grazing Dynamics in Upwelling Regions of the Pacific Ocean. PhD dissertation.  https://escholarship.org/uc/item/3993b1q1.

A Freibott, AG Taylor, D Selph, H Lui, W Zhang, MR Landry. (2015) Biomass and composition of protist grazers and heterotrophic bacteria in the Costa Rica Dome during June-July 2010. Journal of Plankton Research, doi: 10.1093/plankt/fbv107.

AG Taylor, MR Landry, A Freibott, KE Selph, A Gutiérrez-Rodríguez. (2015) Patterns of microbial community biomass, composition and HPLC diagnostic pigments in the Costa Rica upwelling dome. Journal of Plankton Research, doi: 10.1093/plankt/fbv086.

A Freibott, L Linacre, MR Landry. (2014) Permanent filtration preparation for ciliates preserved in Acid Lugol’s. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods 12, 54-62, doi: 10.4319/lom.2014.12.54.

Selected Photos

All photos were taken by me in the field during Forest Service work and are featured in communications products or on the PNW Research Station Flickr account.