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Sky Lan from Taiwan receives first Women-in-Science Scholarship

FES PhD candidate Sky Lan has just won the Women In Science scholarship through the Tree Foundation! This scholarship will assist Sky as she learns about forest canopy ecology here at OSU, and will propel her towards her eventual goal of sharing the beauty and complexity of Taiwan's forests with researchers around the world.

New Vineyard Mountain fire evacuation route complete

Oregon State University staff members on Monday put the final touch on a project to create an extra wildfire evacuation route for residents of the Vineyard Mountain area north of Corvallis.

OSU program speeds business growth

Renewable Materials Major Matt Minor, along with business partner Alex Cruft, founded Bosky Optics, a company that uses natural, sustainable and reusable materials, such as wood and bioplastics, to make premium sunglasses and ski goggles.

Conservation, or Curation?

Environmental ethicist Michael Paul Nelson co-wrote this opinion piece for the New York Times about a new policy related to the Endangered Species Act.

Thinning Oregon's dry-side forests cuts fire risk: Guest opinion

Short of paving over forests or lining the trees with asbestos, you will not be able to "fire-proof" a forest. However, despite assertions to the contrary, it is entirely possible to create fire-resistant forests through fuels reduction.

New book details world-wide research on Douglas-fir

Two OSU forest scientists, Denis Lavender and Richard Hermann, wrote “Douglas-fir.” Both received Ph.Ds. from Oregon State in botany and went on to conduct research on the species through the OSU Forest Research Lab until they retired.

Three OSU faculty members named fellows of American Geophysical Union

Three Oregon State University faculty members have been named 2014 fellows of the American Geophysical Union. They are the only three fellows in this class from the state of Oregon. The three selected as fellows were Edward Brook and Gary Egbert from the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences; and Beverly Law from the College of Forestry.

Runaround: Three Months of Correspondence With the EPA

When the EPA dismisses members of the media, it is dismissing the public—the people the agency is supposed to serve, said Michael Nelson, a professor of environmental ethics at Oregon State University.

What Do Wild Animals Do in a Wildfire?

Heat can kill too—even organisms buried deep in the ground, such as fungi. Jane Smith, a mycologist with the U.S. Forest Service in Corvallis, Oregon, has measured temperatures as high as 1,292 degrees Fahrenheit (700 degrees Celsius) beneath logs burning in a wildfire, and 212 degrees Fahrenheit (100 degrees Celsius) a full two inches (five centimeters) below the surface.

Precipitation and Not Warming Temperatures May be More to Blame for Bird Population Shifts

Warming temperatures may not impact birds as much as you might think. Instead, precipitation is what might cause problems for species in North America. "When we think of climate change, we automatically think warmer temperatures," said Matthew Betts, professor in the College of Forestry. "But our analysis found that for many species, it is precipitation that most affects the long-term survival of many bird species."

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