Departmental News

FES Professor Bill Ripple named OSU Distinguished Professor

College of Forestry professor William Ripple, a terrestrial ecologist who identified a new paradigm in wildlife research, has been named as a 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Professor Award by Oregon State University. The Distinguished Professor title is the highest designation Oregon State gives to its faculty.

OSU College of Forestry hires new department head

Dr. Troy Hall will join the College of Forestry this summer as the department of forest ecosystems and society’s new department head. Hall is an internationally known conservation social scientist who holds degrees in anthropology, cultural anthropology and forest resources.

Corvallis, Albany teachers link Costa Rica with Oregon schools

The research is supported by a multi-year grant from the National Science Foundation to Matthew Betts, associate professor in the OSU College of Forestry. The goal is to understand how hummingbirds and other pollinators are affected by land use patterns.

U.S. Plan to Lift Wolf Protections in Doubt After Experts Question Science

“It’s stunning to see a pronouncement like this—that the proposal is not scientifically sound,” says Michael Nelson, an ecologist in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, who was not one of the reviewers. Many commentators regard it as a major setback for USFWS, which stumbled last year in a previous attempt to get the science behind its proposal reviewed.

Old Trees Branch Out

In contrast to popular view, the oldest and biggest trees around the world are actually increasing their growth rates and sequestering more carbon as they age. Bryan Crump of Radio New Zealand talks to the Richardson Chair of Forest Science at Oregon State University, Professor Mark Harmon.

How to make men more lovable

Snobs insist that Italian white and French black truffles are superior. But many foodies have noticed that the mild climate of Oregon’s Willamette Valley produces a wide variety of delectable fungi: Jim Trappe of Oregon State University, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, estimates that the state has 500 species. Since 2006 the price of some Oregonian truffles has quadrupled; white varieties, for example, are fetching $400 a pound this season.

Lawsuit challenges eco-friendly timber sale

Conservation groups are challenging a timber sale that demonstrates the kind of ecosystem-driven logging that would be fast-tracked under Sen. Ron Wyden's bill to increase harvests from federally owned property in western Oregon. The bill follows the principles of Oregon State University forestry professor Norm Johnson and University of Washington professor Jerry Franklin.

January Newsletter now available

The January 2014 issue of the FES Newsletter is now available.

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Oldest Trees Are Growing Faster, Storing More Carbon as They Age

In a finding that overturns the conventional view that large old trees are unproductive, scientists have determined that for most species, the biggest trees increase their growth rates and sequester more carbon as they age. Three Oregon State University researchers are co-authors: Mark Harmon and Rob Pabst of the College of Forestry and Duncan Thomas of the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Loss of large carnivores poses global conservation problem

An analysis of 31 carnivore species published in the journal Science shows for the first time how threats such as habitat loss, persecution by humans and loss of prey combine to create global hotspots of carnivore decline. “Globally, we are losing our large carnivores,” said William Ripple, lead author of the paper and a professor in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University.