Our Mission!

Our department brings together biological and social scientists and philosophers to understand ecological systems, social systems, and the interactions between them. We work in terrestrial to aquatic systems, in wildland to urban settings, and from local to global scales. We evaluate the scientific and philosophical basis for management and policy decisions and provide enhanced frameworks for those decisions reflective of our latest findings. We conduct creative problem-solving and fundamental research; educate and engage the next generation of scholars, practitioners and users of the world’s natural resources; and share our knowledge and discoveries with others.

FES News

Did a Monstrous Prehistoric Flood Seed Oregon’s Mystery Trees?

Led by forestry professor Steve Strauss, a team of researchers is out to prove that these aspens were transported hundreds of miles to the Willamette Valley via the Missoula Floods, the ice age deluge that raced across Eastern Washington from Montana, emptying more than 15 times the combined flow of every river on earth in just a few days.

Siuslaw rebounding, but questions persist

Joining Furnish on the panel were current Siuslaw supervisor Jerry Ingersoll, environmental activist Chandra LeGue of Oregon Wild and OSU forestry professor Norm Johnson, one of the architects of the Northwest Forest Plan.

Beaver Nation: Kati McCrae

Kati McCrae believes it’s extremely valuable for students to do volunteer work, explore their world and try out potential career fields before earning their degrees. The natural resources major came to Oregon State wanting study and work outside, but contracted Lyme disease in 2012. She hasn't let the chronic fatigue and memory loss the disease caused keep her down.

Event Calendar


Peace Corps Rep OSU visit

Meet a Peace Corps rep (who is also a past participant) and learn more about the program. Info table will be at the OSU Community Fair…

Community Fair: 15th Annual

An annual fair of 50+ groups from on- and off-campus offering activities and environmental information. Learn about what's going on and how you can plug yourself in!  …

Spring Career Fair

You are invited to the Spring Career Fair, on April 22nd, from 11am-4pm at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. This is an amazing opportunity, right here on campus…

Peace Corps Returned Volunteer Presentation

Come and learn more about the Peace Corps program. A returned volunteer will share her stories and experience from overseas.…