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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 Development Plan - Phase 1 (2013)

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FES News

GMOs: A threat or safety net?

"Almost all of our food is pretty much controlled by big corporations," said Steven Strauss, an agricultural biotechnology scientist and Oregon State University professor who is on Gov. John Kitzhaber's task force on GMOs.

Forest scientist terms new Crown policy radical, experimental

A New Brunswick-born scientist is calling the Alward government's change in forest policy a radical change and an experiment with the potential to result in local extinction of some birds and wildlife in the province. "It's impossible to project the future," said Matthew Betts, associate professor in Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University. "Do we want to run the experiment in New Brunswick where we drop mature forest down to 10 or 20 per cent and then find out, too late, that we've caused local extinctions for a bunch of species?"

Isle Royale wolves at risk from climate change, isolation

“To preserve a healthy ecosystem with climate change, we at times are going to have to intervene, and that’s a hard thing to wrap our heads around,” said Michael Nelson, an Oregon State University professor who specializes in environmental ethics and philosophy. “You don’t just wake up one day to that realization and change what you do.”

Event Calendar


24Apr2014

Starker Lecture Series- Working Forests Across the Landscape

  “Boundaries: Fires don’t understand them,” a private forest landowner once exclaimed about the need to restore forest conditions on both side of the fence…
12May2014

Water Research Symposium

Join us for this one-day conference highlighting outstanding student research in water resources. This year's symposium will feature 24 oral presentations and 40 poster presentations from graduate students across the Pacific Northwest.…
13May2014

Celebrating Distinguished Professors

The title of Distinguished Professor is the highest designation and academic honor that OSU bestows on our faculty. These titles have been awarded annually since 1988 to recognize…
13May2014

2014 Spring Awards Ceremony

Each May, the College of Forestry celebrates its outstanding students and faculty and honors its generous donors at the Spring Awards Ceremony. Recipients of scholarships, fellowships, the Paul…