COF News & Events

The future of the forest can sustain communities and the trees, OSU's College of Forestry dean says

Hal Salwasser's observations come across like forest clearcuts: Blunt, dramatic and starkly efficient. Just as some people think clearcuts are nothing but ugly, not everyone likes what Salwasser has to say. No matter. The dean of Oregon State University's College of Forestry holds a Biltmore  measuring stick to federal forest policy and calls out his readings: Not sustainable, he declares.

Sharks and wolves: predator, prey interactions similar on land and in oceans

There may be many similarities between the importance of large predators in marine and terrestrial environments, researchers concluded in a recent study, which examined the interactions between wolves and elk in the United States, as well as sharks and dugongs in Australia.

Invading weed threatens devastation to western rangelands

A new field study confirms that an invasive weed called medusahead has growth advantages over most other grass species, suggesting it will continue to spread across much of the West, disrupt native ecosystems and make millions of acres of grazing land almost worthless.

Light on Leaves

Not long ago if you wanted to measure the height of a tree, you had to do trigonometry on the ground — or gear up for a climb. But these days you have a more sophisticated option: beaming lasers from the sky.

Broken Beams

Engineers like to break things. How and when things break yields information that manufacturers use to build better structures. So it’s no surprise that the companies that make the things we live in, ride over and depend on support research that tells them just how far their products will take us.

Land 'Evapotranspiration' Taking Unexpected Turn: Huge Parts of World Are Drying Up

The soils in large areas of the Southern Hemisphere, including major portions of Australia, Africa and South America, have been drying up in the past decade, a group of researchers conclude in the first major study to ever examine "evapotranspiration" on a global basis.

Growth of biofuel industry hurt by GMO regulations

Faster development of the promising field of cellulosic biofuels – the renewable energy produced from grasses and trees – is being significantly hampered by a “deep and thorny regulatory thicket” that makes almost impossible the use of advanced gene modification methods, researchers say.

Ecampus offers new graduate degree in natural resources

As it expands its online degrees and programs, Oregon State University Extended Campus will offer a new master’s of natural resources degree this fall.  This interdisciplinary program is designed for natural resources professionals around the world who are place-bound, but desire to pursue further training while carrying on their job duties, officials say.

LIDAR use expands into monitoring biodiversity, ecosystem health

Forestry researchers at Oregon State University have used LIDAR to identify with accuracy the breeding habitat of a particular migratory bird – another evolving role for this sophisticated remote sensing technology, and an important step forward for widespread ecosystem monitoring.

OSU to partner in new center for wood-based composite materials

Oregon State University and Virginia Tech have been chosen by the National Science Foundation to lead a new Industry/University Cooperative Research Center focused on wood-based composite materials, in a $2.2 million, five-year research initiative.