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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 Development Plan - Phase 1 (2013)

FES News

NW forest insect outbreaks compared from space

Scientists for the first time have simultaneously compared widespread impacts from two of the most common forest insects in the West – mountain pine beetle and western spruce budworm. “This is the first time anyone has compared the impacts from these two insects in consistent units of change going all the way back to 1970,” said Garrett Meigs, who conducted his analysis while he was a Ph.D. student in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University.

Cattle damage to riverbanks can be undone

Simply removing cattle may be all that is required to restore many degraded riverside areas in the American West, although this can vary and is dependent on local conditions. These are the findings of Jonathan Batchelor and William Ripple of Oregon State University in the US, lead authors of a study published in Springer's journal Environmental Management.

Conservation needs to recognize nature’s intrinsic value, researchers say

Conservation policies may reflect the practical benefits of nature — food, medicine, clean water and air. But in this week’s issue of Conservation Biology, three scientists present a scientific and philosophical case for conserving nature on its own merits. “This paper changes the conversation by calling for rigorous thought and evidence in the discussion of intrinsic versus instrumental value,” said Michael Paul Nelson, a professor of environmental ethics in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University.

Event Calendar


04Mar2015

WRGP Winter Seminar: Dr. Clement Roques

Please join the WRGP for their Winter 2015 Seminar Series: Research & Careers in Water Resource Engineering. Wednesday, March 4, 2015 from 4-5 pm in Peavy…
09Mar2015

Kurt Fausch: For the Love of Rivers

Rivers and streams supply our water and capture our imaginations. We seek the more pristine ones to fish or paddle, to hike along or simply sit and watch.…
11Mar2015

WRGP Winter Seminar: Dr. Catalina Segura

Please join the WRGP for their Winter 2015 Seminar Series: Research & Careers in Water Resource Engineering. Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 4-5 pm in Peavy…
12Mar2015

Starker Lecture Series-Chad Oliver

As the science and values of Douglas-fir forests have greatly evolved and broadened, so too have the strategies and prescriptions for managing diverse forest ownerships and landscapes; this…
15Apr2015

MBA Information Session - Forestry

The MBA program invites the College of Forestry students and community to join the MBA team for an information session. We will cover admission requirements, application processes and…