COF News & Events

CRISPR: The latest word in genetics

“Scientists saw that and thought, What the hell is this?” said Steve Strauss, a forest biotechnology professor at Oregon State University. As it turned out, bacteria that survive a viral invasion use CRISPR to store the viral gene sequences within their own DNA to “remember” and destroy the virus if it returns.

For tropical forest birds, old neighborhoods matter

To reach their conclusions, a team led by Urs Kormann, a post-doctoral scientist in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, surveyed bird communities in 49 forest fragments near the Las Cruces Biological Station in Costa Rica.

Future of wood: Stronger than ever

Oregon State University is putting CLT and other timber products to the test in its newest rendition of Peavy Hall, center of the university’s College of Forestry, which is under construction now. The building, due to open this fall, will showcase some of the latest uses of engineered wood, according to Geoff Huntington, OSU’s Forestry Center Director of Strategic Initiatives.

Global warming drives global warning

Bill Ripple, a distinguished professor of ecology at Oregon State University, has spent a large part of his career studying the interplay between predators, prey and plant life in and around Yellowstone National Park. But that changed in December, when he took the lead role in authoring a paper titled “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice,” which was published in the journal BioScience.

Cameron Salvitelli studys wood science and works as part of the Student Logging Training Program

Cameron Salvitelli, a senior studying wood science keeps himself busy by working as part of the Student Logging Training Program (SLTP) and playing the drums for Oregon State’s marching and pep bands.

Salvitelli says the SLTP has been one of the most life-changing experiences he’s had throughout college.

“I work on a crew under Jeff Wimer, an industry legend, to manage, layout and harvest timber using heavy machinery,” Salvitelli says. “This experience has given me opportunities and skills that many students in my major will never have.”

In the summer of 2017 the College of Forestry offered Salvitelli another life changing opportunity through their two week Alpine Europe faculty-lead study abroad opportunity. Salvitelli’s experience was funded by the College of Forestry. He says he wouldn’t have been able to travel and earn credit without the scholarship.

“We studied forestry, design and basically all aspects of the forest sector's contribution to sustainability in the built environment of Europe,” he says. “I cherish the abundant opportunities that are offered, while continuing to build great relationships and mentors with the amazing faculty. I am so thankful for the way that my teachers have inspired me and supported me academically and professionally.”

Twin Peaks trees under threat

‘The Douglas fir is incredibly important.,’ says David Shaw, associate professor at Oregon State University and Extension Forest Health specialist. ‘It is the number one timber species, the state tree of Oregon, an important old-growth forest giant (they can live a thousand years), and a very common tree.’

He speaks for the trees

Last year the Oregon Heritage Tree Committee honored Paul Ries with it highest distinction, the Maynard C. Drawson Memorial Award. In honoring Ries, the committee noted his dedication to the heritage tree program, from personally inspecting candidates to spreading the word about the program throughout the state.

Freres' mass plywood panels almost ready for market

The new veneer-based product — called “mass plywood panels” — could change the construction and timber industry, said Arijit Sinha, an associate professor in Oregon State University’s College of Forestry, which played a critical role in the development and testing of the panels, called MPPs.

Ancient Forests May Protect Birds from Rising Heat

Ancient forests tend to provide moderate temperatures compared with their surroundings, potentially buffering some of the sharpest impacts of climate change, said Matthew Betts, a professor at Oregon State University.

When it comes to keeping streams cool, buffer strips help but geology rules

“In Coast Range and Western Cascades catchments, where our study streams were located, streams that are small and non-fish bearing have no regulatory requirement for an overstory riparian buffer,” said Kevin Bladon, lead author and assistant professor in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. “As a result, we observed some warming of the stream water. However, if the geology is permeable — where we have a lot of groundwater inputs into the system — that warm water didn’t persist downstream. As soon as it flowed back into a forested stream reach again, the temperature stabilized.”