FES News

The Ethics of Saving Wolves

Michael Paul Nelson, professor of environmental ethics and philosophy at Oregon State University, knows his wolves, and the issues related to their conservation. He’s the philosopher-in-residence and historian of the Isle Royale wolf-moose project, the world’s longest study of a single predator-prey system, as well as a noted researcher into trophic cascades, the effects on ecosystems caused by the introduction or removal of predators.

Researchers assess the health of forest pollinators and their link to agriculture

“There’s been concern for some time over pollinator declines,” said Jim Rivers, lead scientist and forest ecologist in the College of Forestry. “Some people have gone so far as to call it a pollinator crisis. There’s a potential for managed forests to promote pollinator abundance and biodiversity, but we don’t know the full extent because it’s been overlooked, particularly in the Pacific Northwest.”

Job Shadow Program helps students find focus

Junior Tourism, Recreation and Adventure Leadership student Chris Galbreath has a passion for the outdoors, but wasn’t sure what he wanted to do when he landed at Oregon State. When he learned about the recreation management field in an introductory course, he felt a spark. “I could see myself in a position like that, and decide that’s what I wanted to do,” Galbreath said.

Trees And Timber Business And Balancing Emissions

A study that included Oregon State University calculated the carbon effects of several forest events: logging, reforestation, and fire among them. Beverly Law at OSU is the lead author of the study and a guest on Jefferson Public Radio.

‘Warning to Humanity’ resolution passes OSU student and faculty governance

The Oregon State University Faculty Senate and Associated Students of Oregon State University passed a joint resolution last month endorsing “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice,” an article published late last year by lead author Oregon State Professor William Ripple.

OSU researcher talking wolves and more at Worthy

On June 12, Worthy Brewing (in Bend, OR) will host a presentation by Bill Ripple, professor at OSU’s College of Forestry in Corvallis, about the impact wolves have on aspen groves and other plants, and on the role displaced large carnivores play more broadly in the ecosystems they occupy.

Streams may emit more carbon dioxide in a warmer climate

“This paper is the first to look at the effects of climate change on stream metabolism at the continental scale using field observations,” said Alba Argerich, co-author who monitored McRae Creek and Lookout Creek in the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest east of Eugene, Oregon.

OSU researchers question acceptance of trophy hunting

“It’s almost like an ethical distraction, calling it by some other name,” said co-author Michael Paul Nelson, a professor and the Ruth H. Spaniol Chair of Renewable Resources at OSU. “We have these metaphors that we hide behind. It’s like we recognize it’s an ethically loaded topic but we don’t know what to do about it. And we’ve tied conservation to the practice of trophy hunting – how do we get off that train?”

Flying Under the Radar: Scientists search for an elusive bird on land and sea

With funding from the state Legislature, forest ecologists and ornithologists at Oregon State are conducting a long-term, large-scale study to determine what the marbled murrelet needs to survive. In addition, the scientists aim to provide forest managers on public and private lands with information that can be used to balance habitat conservation with timberland management. Leading the project are Jim Rivers and Matthew Betts in the College of Forestry and Kim Nelson and Dan Roby in the Oregon State Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

Gene editing could be the future of forestry

Steve Strauss is working with students, faculty and researchers on a new type of genetic technology known as gene editing, or CRISPR. It gives researchers the ability to specify precisely where a genetic change will be made—something that was essentially impossible before. Strauss says the technology is only a few years old and is an exciting step for biotechnology.