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

Why we need predators

Large carnivores, the really scary animals that are easy to hate, are on the decline worldwide. That has led to numerous changes to ecosystems, William Ripple of Oregon State University in Corvallis and colleagues noted in Science last year. When carnivores are removed from an ecosystem (or returned to one), there are cascades of changes to the local food web.

Opportunity for MS Degree focusing on forest science and information management

The HJ Andrews Experimental Forest and Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Site has funding for a student to pursue a Master’s Degree focusing on Information Management in the Forest Ecosystems and Society Department, starting by Fall 2016.

What Do Wild Animals Do in a Wildfire?

Heat can kill too—even organisms buried deep in the ground, such as fungi. Jane Smith, a mycologist with the U.S. Forest Service in Corvallis, Oregon, has measured temperatures as high as 1,292 degrees Fahrenheit (700 degrees Celsius) beneath logs burning in a wildfire, and 212 degrees Fahrenheit (100 degrees Celsius) a full two inches (five centimeters) below the surface.

Event Calendar


WRGP Winter Seminar: Jenna Tilt - OSU Geography Program/CEOAS

Please join the WRGP & IWW for their Fall 2015 Seminar Series: Research & Careers in Water Resource Engineering. Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 from 4-5 pm…

Overcoming challenges in Mexican mountain forests - 2015 FES Outstanding Alumnus Seminar

Dr. Alejandro Velázquez Lunch Reception to follow (3rd Floor Knuckle)…

CoF Fall Clubs Day

Are you looking for a way to become more involved? Would you like to make new friends, participate in conferences and workshops and develop leadership and teamwork skills?…

BEE Fall Seminar: John Stevenson, OSU COEAS

Please join Biological & Ecological Engineering and The Conservation Biology Institute for their Fall 2015 Seminar Series: Updates from Corvallis Climate Change Research Community Tuesday, October…

WRGP Fall Seminar: John Matthews, Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA)

Please join the WRGP & IWW for their Fall 2015 Seminar Series: Meeting Future Challenges in Water Resource Management Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 from 4-5 pm…