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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

Willamette Valley aspens could be Rocky Mountain refugees from prehistoric Missoula Floods

FES professor Steve Strauss is leading a team of scientists -- with the help of crowd-source funding and donors’ tips -- who believe the Missoula Floods deposited plants in the Willamette Valley.

Environmentalists protest ‘test case’ logging project

Brian Collins, attorney for the government, countered that the project was designed with the help of highly respected forestry professors — Norm Johnson of Oregon State University and Jerry Franklin of the University of Oregon — who have thoroughly studied how such logging will affect the forest.

Should nature have standing to sue?

Michael Nelson, an environmental philosopher at Oregon State University, sees Douglas’ dissent as “the cornerstone of a new environmental ethic, one premised upon empathy with the human and non-human world alike.”

Event Calendar


28Jan2015

WRGP Winter Seminar: Dr. Kevin Bladon

Please join the WRGP for their Winter 2015 Seminar Series: Research & Careers in Water Resource Engineering. Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 4-5 pm in Peavy…
29Jan2015

Take the Initiative, Join the Initiative (TIJI)

The Student Sustainability Initiative will be hosting TIJI: Take the Initiative, Join the Initiative on Thursday at 6pm in Owen 103. Snacks will be provided. Come meet current staff, learn how…
29Jan2015

Starker Lecture Series

A screening of this 1-hour documentary at the historical Whiteside Theater in Corvallis will be the inaugural event of the 2015 Starker Lecture Series.  It highlights the compelling…
04Feb2015

WRGP Winter Seminar: Dr. Dorthe Wildenschild

Please join the WRGP for their Winter 2015 Seminar Series: Research & Careers in Water Resource Engineering. Wednesday, February 4, 2015 from 4-5 pm in Peavy…
11Feb2015

WRGP Winter Seminar: Jack Herron

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