About the Department
Welcome to the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University! Our department brings together students, staff and faculty with interest and expertise in forest biology and social science to tackle some of the most pressing environmental challenges facing us today. Our faculty are world leaders in a wide variety of disciplines, including restoration ecology, forest social science, genetics and tree improvement, tree physiology, climate change and carbon dynamics, natural resource economics and policy, wilderness and recreation resource management, silviculture, wildlife biology, and nature-based tourism. Our faculty engage students in community-based learning experiences, research experience in our labs, internships with agencies and industries, and field trips to a variety of forest sites from cities to wilderness.
Our students benefit directly not only from our world-class faculty but also from excellent teaching and research laboratories and computer facilities in Peavy and Richardson Hall. We also have living laboratories that we use for classes and research that include the 11,500 acre College Forest, just 20 minutes from campus, the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in the Cascade Mountains (an NSF Long-term Ecological Research site), and a wide variety of public and private forest lands, as well as State and National Parks.
We benefit greatly from collaborative efforts with science agencies such as the US Forest Service PNW Research Station, the USGS Forest and Range Ecosystem Science Center, and the US Environmental Protection Agency. We also are actively engaged in Forestry Extension throughout the state, including an Extension Specialist in Sustainable Living and four county Forestry Extension Agents who are members of our faculty.
We strive to ensure that the forests upon which people depend for water, recreation, wood fiber, habitat, and a healthy quality of life are available for future generations. If you share that goal then we hope you will visit us and join our students, staff and faculty in acquiring the knowledge needed to meet that sustainability goal. Please contact me if you would like additional information about our programs. I look forward to hearing from you!
Interim Department Head