COF News & Events

People, Poverty, and Natural Resources

While completing her master’s degree in environmental studies at Yale, H. Jo Albers was struck by the fact that rural people in developing countries relied so heavily on natural resources for a large portion of their effective income. In interacting so closely with the natural environment, they could be viewed as de facto natural resources managers.

Pesky problem should disappear

Aphids, which are commonly seen during fall, should be seeking winter shelter and disappear this weekend. Paul Oester of the Oregon State University Extension Service said it’s not uncommon to see swarms of the insects around this time of the year.  Paul is a faculty member of the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society.

Sustainability, Face to Face: A village on the Amazon leaves a powerful impression

As a student in the College of Forestry’s Natural Resources Program, Baldinger has chosen to focus on the human dimensions option. “I think of it as the sociology of the environment,” she says. So during her experience in Brazil, she thought hard about how the women and children in this small village used the forest.

OSU prof measures recreation

Oregon Parks and Recreation tasked Kreg Lindberg, an Oregon State University-Cascades Campus associate professor of tourism and outdoor leadership, with figuring out what everyone thinks. With Randall Rosenberger, who is based at OSU in Corvallis, Lindberg developed a survey that allows the state to examine outdoor recreation across Oregon.

An Elegant Matrix: Woody waste finds new markets in biochar

Biochars millions of micro- and nano-pores form “an elegant matrix,” in the words of OSU forestry instructor David Smith, whose students have investigated storm water filtration markets for biochar.

It Doesn't Have to be This Way

Want to know what Mirror Pond could look like without a dam? Experts say: Think like a child. Or, in other words, use some imagination. Matt Shinderman, a natural resources professor at Oregon State University-Cascades, says "Lake Creek looks great now—it looks like it was always that way." And, he adds, the situation at Mirror Pond could benefit from similar efforts.

Researchers study effects of forest fragmentation on hummingbird behavior

FES professor Matthew Betts and researcher Adam Hadley of the Betts Laboratory are both landscape ecologists whose research has primarily revolved around birds. Betts and Hadley investigate the effects of habitat loss and fragmentation of species across 37 distinct isolated patches of forest in Costa Rica, seeking an understanding of how forest fragmentation affects pollination services.

Things are Looking Up: Michael Wing and the future of UAVs for forestry applications

The desire for a bird’s eye view of the landscape is nothing new. Michael Wing, assistant professor of geomatics in the Forest Engineering, Resources and Management department, points out that armed forces, hobbyists, and curious citizens have been putting cameras on flying craft for more than 100 years.

Tree planting plan helps homeowners save energy

College of Forestry graduate Brad Hamel was recently featured on KXAN out of Austin, Texas.  Brad graduated as our first MF in urban forestry the past academic year.  His major professor was Paul Ries. 

Podcast featuring wood science student, Shawn Freitas, available on Inspiration Dissemination

Shawn Freitas is a PhD student in Wood Science and Engineering, and was recently featured on Inspiration Dissemination, a program on 88.7fm KBVR -- Oregon State Universitiy's student run radio station. The program is entirely produced by student volunteers with out any university financial support.