Belart, Francisca

Assistant Professor
Extension Specialist 


Office Location: 
405 Snell Hall
Email Address: 
Curriculum Vitae: 

Ph.D. Sustainable Forest Management, Oregon State University, 2016
Minor in Statistics
M.S Forest Engineering, Oregon State University, 2008
B.S Forestry, Universidad Austral de Chile, 2006
Forest Engineer, Universidad Austral de Chile, 2006

Areas of Interest: 

Forest planning, optimization, forest economics, forest residue moisture management, safety, new technologies for forest operations.

Current Programs: 

Prospective Graduate Students

I am searching for a highly motivated M.S. student to conduct research in forest operations. Specifically, this research opportunity is in regards to safety in logging operations, including but not limited to cable-assisted harvester systems. The student should have strong math and analytical skills, interest in subjects related to forest operations and a willingness to take safety training for conducting outdoor fieldwork. Research will require field data collection and spending time in the woods. Position is available beginning fall term 2018. Interested students should contact Dr. Francisca Belart (francisca.belart@oregonstate.edu) with a CV; please include past coursework completed. This position is a graduate research assistantship that includes a stipend and tuition waiver for a 2-year academic program.

Recent Publications: 

Belart, F., B. Leshchinsky, J. Sessions, W. Chung, P. Green, J. Wimer and B. Morrissette. 2018. Sliding Stability of Cable-Assisted Tracked Equipment on Steep Slopes. Submitted to Forest Science.

Cushing, T., F. Belart and S. Bowers. 2018. A survey of logger concerns when working with small woodland owners. Submitted to Small Scale Forestry. In review.

Bowers, S., Belart, F. 2018. Harvesting and Selling Timber: A field Guide. OSU Extension Publication. In review.

Belart, F., B. Leshchinsky and J. Sessions. 2017. Finite element analysis to predict in-forest stored harvest residue moisture content. Forest Science 63(4) 362-376. DOI: 10.5849/FS-2016-064R1

Belart, F., J. Sessions, B. Leshchinsky and G. Murphy. 2017. Economic implications of moisture content and logging system in forest harvest residue delivery for energy production: a case study. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 47(4) 458-466.  DOI: 10.1139/cjfr-2016-0428

Belart, F., J. Sessions and G. Murphy. 2016. Seasonal changes in live tree branch moisture in Oregon, USA: four case studies.  Submitted to Forest Science, in review

Personal Interests: 

Volcano climbing, hiking, cycling, fitness, traveling and photography.