COF News & Events
David Mildrexler, a PhD in the LARSE lab, has been selected as one of the Wilburforce Fellows in Conservation Science. The Wilburforce Fellowship will build a community of conservation science leaders who excel in using science to help achieve durable conservation solutions in western North America.
Steve Strauss, a College of Forestry professor, 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.
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.
Oregon State University’s annual Starker Lecture Series will focus this year on the Pacific Northwest’s most iconic tree – the Douglas-fir – which had its first major planting 100 years ago.
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.”
A screening of this 1-hour documentary at the historical Whiteside Theater in Corvallis will be the inaugural event of the 2015 Starker Lecture Series. It highlights the compelling story of the 19th century Scottish botanist/plant hunter who first classified the namesake tree that is a Pacific Northwest icon.
“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.”
“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.”
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!
The Oregon State University College of Forestry is moving ahead with plans for a new $60 million forest science complex to expand classroom, office and lab space and position the college as a leader in advanced wood products engineering.