COF News & Events
Seeking a master’s degree in forest ecosystems and society under the guidance of Barb Lauchenbruch, Jamie Mosel is currently in her second year at the Oregon State University College Forestry. Originally from Minnesota, she received her undergraduate degree at St. Olaf College in history and biology before focusing her research work on tree physiology and ecophysiology. Mosel, who enjoys incorporating art into her research and work, sat down with the College of Forestry to discuss what she enjoys about Corvallis and OSU.
Bend’s Nicole Strong, an assistant professor at Oregon State University’s Forestry and Natural Resources Extension, is also an avid mountain biker. She notes that the tree removal and thinning project will actually accelerate a more sustainable forest by growing healthy old trees, improving wildlife habitat and reducing the risk of high-severity wildfire.
The HJ Andrews Forest LTER Program is pleased to announce a new promotional video created by film maker Jeremy Monroe titled "Without This Place". It highlights the importance of long-term research and the research findings of the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest and Long-Term Ecological Research site. The HJ Andrews Experimental Forest and LTER is a partnership between Oregon State University, National Science Foundation, Willamette National Forest, Pacific Northwest Research Station, and the US Forest Service.
President and CEO of Roseburg Forest Products, Allyn Ford was recently presented with the Joan Austin Honorary Alumni Award by the Oregon State University Alumni Association in a ceremony on April 22.
Ford has dedicated his time and family resources to support Oregon State University, the OSU College of Forestry, higher education in Oregon and the stewardship of sustainable forests since he began his career in 1968. Allyn is the lead donor - with a $5 million gift – towards the new Oregon Forest Science Complex. He also serves on the College of Forestry’s Board of Visitors, as an officer of the Ford Family Foundation and is a strong supporter of student scholarships. Allyn has also contributed to efforts to endow the dean’s position within the College of Forestry.
The award recognizes those who have contributed greatly to OSU and the Alumni Association, yet have not received a degree from OSU. Like its first recipient and eventual namesake, these individuals have given so tirelessly of their time and resources to the university that it is obvious that they are Beavers at heart.
One of Oregon State's most beloved friends and supporters, Joan (“Jo-Anne”) Austin died June 5, 2013, in Newberg, Oregon, where she lived with her husband of nearly 60 years, Ken Austin, a 1954 alumnus. The Austins co-founded A-dec, the world's largest privately-owned dental equipment manufacturing company, and when they found themselves able to help meet critical needs in society, in their hometown, and at Ken's alma mater, they did so with great enthusiasm and generosity. Austin Hall, the new home of the OSU College of Business, bears their name.
Kaitlyn Marina Hickam Receives OSU Outstanding Student Award from Oregon Society of American Foresters
Kaitlyn Marina Hickam has received the OSU Outstanding Student Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Hickam received the award on April 28 at the OSAF Annual Meeting in Coos Bay. Hickam is a senior in the College of Forestry’s natural resources program and is closing out her academic career. She works on campus during the academic year and actively volunteers as a chapter leader for the OSU chapter. Last fall Hickman was the primary lead coordinating the College of Forestry SAF Student Chapter Job Fair.
In a paper published in the Journal of Geophysical Research — Biogeosciences, a team led by Alba Argerich, an assistant professor of research in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, reported that a small headwater stream in the Cascades exports, on average, about 6 percent of what forests absorb from the atmosphere and store.
Oregon State University College of Forestry Prof. Doug Maguire has received a research award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters (OSAF). Congratulations Doug!
Robert Beschta and William Ripple, two professors in the Oregon State University College of Forestry, analyzed the results of 24 studies of streamside vegetation published since 2001 and reviewed long-term trends in temperature, precipitation, snowpack and stream discharge. Their conclusions have just been released in the journal Biological Conservation.
“Though it is well-known that closed-canopy forests tend to be cooler than open areas, little is known about more subtle temperature differences between mature forest types,” said Sarah Frey, postdoctoral scholar in the OSU College of Forestry and lead author on the study. “We found that the subtle but important gradient in structure from forest plantations to old growth can have a marked effect on temperatures in these forests.”
The amount of carbon stored in tree trunks, branches, leaves and other biomass — what scientists call “aboveground live carbon” — is determined more by timber harvesting than by any other environmental factor in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, according to a report published by researchers at Oregon State University. Harold Zald, research associate in the College of Forestry, is lead author of the paper published in the journal Forest Ecology and Management.