Departmental News

Scientists Study Possible Signs Of Wolves In Colorado

Research from FES Ph.D. student Cristina Eisenberg was shown on CBS (Denver) about her Colorado wolf work. It is the first of three stories about her work on the High Lonesome Ranch, airing in Colorado only right now, but eventually to be televised nationally. The next segment will be about trophic cascades, and the final segment will be about living with wolves on a working ranch.

Congratulations to Jo Tynon and FES Students!

Please extend your congratulations to Jo Tynon as recipient of the Xi Sigma Pi/Julie Kliewer Mentor Award. Jo was among 20 nominees for this award with nominations being made by students and the award selected by students. Congratulations Jo! In addition, there were MANY other award recipients among our undergraduate and graduate students, including two students, Rachel Heath (CoF Outstanding Student Award, and RRM student) and Allison Field (Outstanding NR student) who will be graduating Summa Cum Laude in a few weeks.

Lasers Help Researchers Predict Birds' Preferred Habitat

A research team led by Scott Goetz of the Woods Hole Research Center, and including FES Assistant Professor Matt Betts, has helped bring habitat sensing into the 21st century. The researchers combined satellite data, a ground-based bird census, light detection and ranging (lidar), and a new modeling technique to correctly predict the presence of songbirds in a forest. Their results were published this week in the journal Ecology.

Congratulations to Ed Jensen

FES professor Ed Jensen has been selected as a President’s Award recipient by the Oregon Community Trees organization for the 2010 Oregon & Community Forestry Award. The award recognizes Ed’s efforts in updating Trees to Know in Oregon, and his passion for educating students.

Branch Science

A better understanding of tree genetics enables timber companies to make smarter, more sustainable decisions, and allows tree farmers to improve their yield so that more wild forestland can be left alone.  It is as straightforward an eco-premise as they come: be more efficient with the resources we use so as to reduce our overall take.  FES professor Steve Strauss talks about his work in tree genetics.

Why don't butterflies cross the road?

Do butterflies follow a particular path in their flight or is their movement through space completely arbitrary? Can we affect their behavior and protect them from extinction by modifying the landscape? Understanding these complex issues is the focus of  Victoria Bennett's research. Bennett, a postdoctoral research associate for FES and a new NGS/Waitt grantee, believes that the conservation of species fundamentally depends on how they move across the landscape.  Victoria Bennett works with Matt Betts in the Forest Landscape Ecology Lab.

Biologist Studies Wolves' Possible Return to Colorado

FES PhD student Cristina Eisenberg was interviewed by KUNC, Community Radio for Northern Colorado, about her work at High Lonesome Ranch, where wolves might be making a comeback.  The predators were eradicated in Colorado more than 70 years ago. But reports of sightings in the northwest corner of the state are on the rise.

Red but not dead: Examining microbial and plant recovery in severely burned soils

Jane Smith, FES Courtesy professor, and Cassie L. Hebel, a former FES MS student, appear in the June 2010 issue of Science Findings.  Cassie L. Hebel reported that soils burned in severe forest fires are not sterilized by intense heat, as had been commonly assumed. Hebel’s MS research in the College of Forestry was conducted in affiliation with OSU’s Subsurface Biosphere Initiative.  Science Findings is a publication from the PNW Research Station.

Andrews Forest Part of National Science Award

The nation’s Long-Term Ecological Research Network, of which the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest is a part, has been recognized with the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Institute of Biological Sciences.  The Andrews Forest is operated near Blue River, Ore., by the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, the Pacific Northwest Research Station of the USDA Forest Service, and the Willamette National Forest. It is one of 26 LTER sites in the nation, and received this award for “significant scientific contributions to the biological sciences.”

Perfect Match – From the virtual classroom to a dream job with endangered species

Natural Resources graduate Stephanie Root is featured in the Spring issue of Focus on Forestry.  She says “The distance education program in Natural Resources seemed like a great fit for me because of all that moving around—and I’ve always felt that Oregon State is a superior university and it is well known for its excellent forestry programs.”  The Natural Resources Program is an interdisciplinary program supported by the Colleges of Forestry, Agricultural Sciences, Liberal Arts, and Science.