FES News

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.

Public lands feeling the pressure of popularity

The pressure that increasing popularity puts on public lands isn’t unique to Bend, said Matt Shinderman, senior instructor and program lead for sustainability at Oregon State University-Cascades. Over the past two decades, people have been drawn to cities around America where outdoor recreation can be part of their daily lives.

H.J. Andrews research forest federal funding renewed

The goal of the latest round of funding, known as LTER7, is to examine how forested mountain ecosystems respond to changes in climate and land-use and how people interact with the forest through ethical decision-making, said Michael Paul Nelson, the Ruth H. Spaniol chair of renewable resources at OSU and lead principal investigator for the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest LTER research program.

GMOs, genetically engineered crops: Oregon State University scientist Steve Strauss explains how they work

Steve Strauss is a professor with Oregon State University's College of Forestry, where he is part of the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society and conducts research on genetically engineered trees for uses in forestry, bioenergy and horticulture.

Former dean of OSU's forestry college dies at 69

We are very sad to report the news of Hal Salwasser's death. Hal had been an active member of the forestry faculty since stepping down as dean in 2012 after 12 years leading the college. The Salwasser family has requested that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Hal Salwasser Fellowship Fund through the OSU Foundation.