COF News & Events
“Biomass burning from wood pellets releases a large amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, a carbon debt that can last for decades,” says Beverly Law, a professor of global change biology in the College of Forestry. Law is the coauthor of a study, published in Nature Climate Change, that found that large-scale bio-energy harvest in Northwest forests could increase regional carbon emissions over a 20 year time frame.
Nancy Ames, a small-woodlands owner with acreage in the mountains east of Ashland, reminded the committee of the importance of the local Oregon State University Extension Service. Experts there have helped guide her and countless other small-woodlands owners when it comes to managing their acreage, she said. "Please do everything you can to support the work and outreach at OSU Extension," she said.
Danielle Marias, a Forest Ecosystems and Society graduate student, presented her research in a recent event at OSU titled "Scholars' Insight". OSU Graduate students had the opportunity to present a three minute "impact" of their scholarly works, to a non-specialist audience at OSU and the Corvallis community.
Associate professor of landscape ecology Matt Betts and his research are featured in this recent article in Audubon Magazine. Researchers use microphones to mechanically monitor bird songs in the western Cascade Mountains during (and before) the breeding season. “The minute the bird arrives from its wintering grounds, you know when it showed up,” says Matt Betts. “Then, if you start comparing those data across years, you can get some idea of how arrival times shifted. As the climate starts warming, are we seeing birds arriving earlier?"
Jesse Paris, a Wood Science and Engineering graduate student, presented his research in a recent event at OSU titled "Scholars' Insight". OSU Graduate students had the opportunity to present a three minute "impact" of their scholarly works, to a non-specialist audience at OSU and the Corvallis community.
A new children’s book, to be released on Monday, that invites youngsters to become close observers of the natural world is set right here in our neck of the woods. “Ellie’s Log: Exploring the Forest Where the Great Tree Fell” takes place in the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest near Blue River — in the heart of the Willamette National Forest. If you are an Oregon educator, ONREP is offering a workshop April 19-20 at the Forest featuring the book and author, sign up now!
The lone wolf’s genes quickly became a new source of inbreeding. “His positive effect was powerful but very short-lived,” says Michael P. Nelson, an environmental philosopher in the College of Forestry and longtime collaborator with the Isle Royale study. A shorter-term view would have missed that genetic wave and its decline, he adds. “When you watch something for a very long time, sometimes the simplest observation can have a great deal of meaning,” Nelson says, “and it’s only because of that context.”
It was late Friday afternoon at Dearborn Hall. Professors Michael Nelson and Kathleen Dean Moore stood before an audience packed with scientists. Mixed in were students, community members and a few stray poets, attentive and expectant for a presentation titled “Five Tools of Moral Reasoning for Climate Scientists” and sponsored by Oregon State’s Environmental Humanities Initiative. Michael Nelson is lead principle investigator for the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest.
Maria Garcia is embarking on an expedition. As a graduate student in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, she is exploring something that lurks in the soils of Central Oregon — a fuzzy microscopic fungus that colonizes tree roots and might predict the future of the forest. But why is the future of the forest at stake, and why dig underground when we are concerned about trees? The answer lies in the effects that organisms have on one another in a forest ecosystem.
At the 2013 eVolo Skyscraper Competition, a trippy entry called Big Wood made waves and earned an Honorable Mention. Forest scientists at Oregon State University, for example, have published numerous studies concluding that all currently known forms of commercial tree removal have worse carbon footprints than leaving the forests alone. However, those studies rest on assumptions such as an 80-year lifespan, typical of American buildings. Different assumptions—based on what can and must be done, rather than on business as usual in the profligate past century—will give very different results. Green points to Japanese pagodas 19 stories high that are still standing after 1400 years.