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Melanie Brown, a natural resource management major in the College of Forestry, and OSU researcher Dominique Bachelet surveyed land managers in sagebrush country to create a blueprint for a practical, nimble, accessible computer tool for helping manage fires, protect wildlife, reseed vegetation and control invasives in a shifting landscape.
Natural Resources degree information
Anatomy of a Climate Tool, Terra story on Melanie Brown's research


Jonathon Batchelor is a graduate student working with William Ripple. Together they were lead authors of a recent study published in Springer's journal Environmental Management. Their team analyzed photographs to gauge how the removal of grazing cattle more than two decades ago from Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge in eastern Oregon has helped to rehabilitate the natural environment.
ScienceDaily story about their research
Jonathon's Hart Mountain website
William Ripple's Trophic Cascade Program


Ariel Cowan is a graduate student studying mycorrhizal ecology working with professor Jane Smith and Steve Fitzgerald, professor and Extension silviculture specialist. Her study looks at whether intense soil heating from the combustion of large downed wood can alter the communities of symbiotic fungi (ectomycorrhizal fungi) that ponderosa pine seedlings rely on for post-fire establishment.
Recovering Lost Ground 



DavidDavid Mildrexler, a PhD in the LARSE lab, has been selected as one of the Wilburforce Fellows in Conservation Science. The Wilburforce Fellowship will build a community of conservation science leaders who excel in using science to help achieve durable conservation solutions in western North America.
David Mildrexler, Wilburforce Foundation
LARSE website



TopherOregon State University – Cascades is the right fit for those students who find themselves outside more than not. “I’d rather play outside than go to a football game,” says Christopher “Topher” Robertson, a 2014 tourism and outdoor leadership (TOL) graduate of OSU-Cascades. Less than a year after earning his bachelor's degree, Robertson is now the associate program director at Tumalo Creek.
Full profile of Topher Robertson
Tourism and Outdoor Leadership Program


Carole got a natural resources degree in the fall of 2014. When looking for internships abroad, she came across a 14-week internship with the Scottish Seabird Center through IE3 Global Internships. What drew Carole to this unique program was its emphasis on public outreach and environmental education, since that is what she wishes to do after graduation.
Full profile of Carole Holmson
Natural Resources degree information
College of Forestry International Programs



OSU has launched the nation’s first graduate program in Urban Forestry online. Paul Ries, the certificate director and an instructor in OSU’s College of Forestry, says "There isn’t another opportunity like this in the U.S. where a working professional can earn graduate-level education in urban forestry online and still retain their job, raise a family or remain at their home state.”
Graduate Certificate in Urban Forestry – Online
Paul Ries


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