Alumni spotlight: Brett Stadsvold

2005, B.S. Environment and Natural Resources

Current organization/employer: Boulder County

Favorite memory of campus:

I loved playing frisbee on the mall on St. Paul campus. It's such a beautiful campus, but that was always one of my favorite spots. I also met my wonderful wife on campus, so that is definitely a highlight of my time there.

Why did you choose CFANS as a college?

Back then it was the College of Natural Resources. I wanted to major in natural resources, and I knew the University had great programs.

Why do you think the University of Minnesota is great?

It's a large school with so many resources, activities, and opportunities. At the same time, I was mostly on St. Paul campus and enjoyed the small community feel there. I was able to get to know other students and faculty really well, and it was a very welcoming place.

Career information/ professional achievements:

I currently work for Boulder County in Colorado as the coordinator for their Emerald Ash Borer management efforts.

What's your passion? What do you love about your work and your field?

Urban forestry is great for someone like myself who wants to work in the field but also work in the office. I get to be a part of collaborating with communities to develop and implement solutions. Also, being able to climb trees as part of my job is pretty fun.   

How did your education at the U of M help prepare you for what you are doing today?

I learned a lot about best practices for managing natural resources, but I also learned soft skills that help me today. Writing, public speaking, critical thinking, and working on a team are important skills for many professors, and I developed a lot of these skills at the UMN.

What advice do you have for current students (and future alumni)?

College is such a unique time of your life, so enjoy it! Find clubs or activities to be involved in, and try some fun classes if you can. Also, don't forget to network with all the amazing people on campus. They'll be helpful when you are graduating and looking for that prized job.