The Department’s research spans a range from fundamental, including projects investigating the impacts of environmental change on ecosystem function, to applied, including projects aimed at enhancing forest productivity through tree breeding, improved reforestation practices, hardwood silviculture, and tolerance to Swiss Needle Cast disease. Applied research is conducted primarily by the Department’s research cooperatives.

Research Spotlight

The Global Trophic Cascades Program is a research and educational program with the purpose of investigating the role of predators in structuring ecological communities. This program puts special emphasis on the role of potential keystone species in top-down community regulation, with linkages to biodiversity via trophic cascades.  OSU Distiguished Professor Bill Ripple is the director of the program, he was recently interviewed by the NPR program Here & Now.