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.”

Seeking the Secrets of Old Growth

“This sort of long-term focus is exceptionally rare,” notes Michael Paul Nelson, the nationally known environmental philosopher who leads the H.J. Andrews Forest Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program at Oregon State University. “Scientists don’t typically spend their careers unpacking the mysteries of a single place or a single relationship.”

How changes in precipitation could hit birds hard

“It makes sense when you think about it,” said ecologist Matthew Betts, an associate professor in Oregon State's College of Forestry. “Changes in precipitation can affect plant growth, soil moisture, water storage and insect abundance and distributions.”

American Geophysical Union (AGU) Award Goes to FES Graduate Student

David Mildrexler, FES PhD student (Laboratory for Applications of Remote Sensing in Ecology), received the Outstanding Student Paper Award in the Global Environmental Change section of the 2014 Fall AGU meeting for his presentation, “Characterizing an Integrated Annual Global Measure of the Earth’s Maximum Land Surface Temperatures from 2003 to 2012 Reveals Strong Biogeographic Influences.” Congratulations, David!

Four Big Carnivores Make Big Comeback

Michael Paul Nelson of Oregon State University said that "the possible implications for living with carnivores in other parts of the world, and especially in the U.S., are perhaps the most intriguing part" of the new study. Bill Ripple, also of Oregon State University, told Discovery News, "This study demonstrates that coexistence between large carnivores and humans can happen even in a densely populated region such as Europe with effective policies and (where) tolerance for these predators is high."

Why truffles matter

“Without fungi we wouldn’t have trees,” says Jim Trappe, a “truffle addict,” forest mycologist for the U.S. Forest Service and Research Professor at Oregon State University in Corvallis. “The changing climate makes them more important to us than ever.”

Winter is arriving fast: Prepare your trees, yard and house

Tree care is on many people's minds and they have cause for concern. Leaves still clinging to branches can become landing spots for heavy ice and snow, and this additional weight may cause branches to snap, says Paul Ries, an urban forester with the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Small-scale Science

Pairing Oregon schoolchildren with the feisty, orange-throated hummers that share their Willamette Valley habitat seemed like a scientific and educational slam-dunk to ornithologist Matt Betts, a researcher in forest ecology at Oregon State University.