COF News & Events

Burning biomass for energy

“It takes decades to centuries for carbon to accumulate in what I call the forest carbon bank,” said Beverly Law, a professor of global change biology and terrestrial systems science at Oregon State University. On the other hand, burning trees for energy releases all their carbon into the atmosphere immediately. This means that biomass energy has an immediate effect on the climate, one that would take years of tree-growing to reverse.

Steve Strauss featured on the Talking Biotech podcast

Talking Biotech: Oregon’s Steve Strauss on benefits, challenges to genetically engineered trees, forests biology. Dr. Steve Strauss is a Distinguished Professor of Forestry in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society in the College of Forestry.

Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium award winners announced

The annual Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium (WFGRS), hosted by Oregon State University’s College of Forestry, showcases current graduate student research. The purpose of the symposium is to promote academic excellence by challenging students to present their work to and receive feedback from their academic and professional peers on their proposed and current research from a diverse audience, fostering student engagement, enthusiasm, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Following the symposium on April 22, a selection committee recognized four oral and poster presenters with awards for their work. Click the links below to learn more about the work of the award winners.


Grand Prize - Kira Puntenney – “Putting Riparian Buffers to the Test: Quantifying Shallow Subsurface Runoff and Sediment Transport through Forested Buffers in the Rocky Mountains

1st - Chris Lauer – “Optimal Timber Harvest and Fuel Treatment on a Fire Threatened Landscape using Approximate Dynamic Programming

2nd - Danielle Marias – “Impacts of short term heat stress on Coffea arabica assessed from chlorophyll fluorescence, carbohydrate dynamics, gas exchange, and carbon isotope discrimination

3rd - Luciana Leite – “From Intention to Action: Understanding Barriers and Facilitators for Pro-Environmental Behavior


Grand Prize - Janel Lajoie – “Do experimentally handicapped birds increase their use of supplemental feeders? Testing the feeder reliance and feeder avoidance hypotheses in free-living black-capped chickadees.

1st - Emily Heaston – Coming soon!

2nd - Casey Steadman - Coming soon!

3rd - Jamie Mosel - Coming soon!

The OSU Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Program recently added four new members to the team

The Oregon State University Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Program recently added four new members to the team, hiring for vacancies in timber harvesting and forest operations, Douglas Country extension agent, North Coast extension agent, and South Coast extension agent. Read about the new hires below.

The new Timber Harvesting and Forest Operations Extension Specialist is Francisca Belart. Belart will start in July after she completes her Ph.D. degree in sustainable forest management at OSU. She is a native of Chile, and earned a bachelor’s degree in forestry from Austral University in Chile, and a master’s degree in forest engineering from OSU. Prior to OSU, she worked for three-and-a-half years as a forest planning engineer for Forestal Mininco S.A. in San Pedro de la Paz, Chile.

Our new Douglas County Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Agent is Alicia Jones. Jones is currently completing her master’s degree in natural resources from Humboldt State University, and will join OSU in July. She holds a bachelor’s degree in forestry and natural resources from California Polytechnic State University and has worked as a survey technician for Cal Poly, a forestry technician for the U.S. Forest Service on the Tongass National Forest in Alaska for two seasons, as a forest technician for Green Diamond Resource Company in California, and as a forest technician for Jefferson Resource Company in California.

Valerie Grant will join OSU as the new Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Agent on the North Coast, based in Astoria (Clatsop, Tillamook and Lincoln Counties). She is currently working as a Youth, Families and Communities Education Specialist II with the University of California Cooperative Extension Service in Ventura County, a position she has held for the past year. Grant received a bachelor’s degree in forestry from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, and a master’s degree in forestry from West Virginia University. While at WVU, she worked with the West Virginia Extension Service in the forestry program. She has worked as a forestry technician and a watershed technician (two seasons) with the Humboldt Redwood Company in Scotia, Calif., and as a forestry intern with Weyerhaeuser in Springfield, Ore. She also spent four months studying forestry in Ilmjoki, Finland, in 2012.

Finally, Norma Kline has been appointed the new Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Agent for the South Coast, based in Myrtle Point (Coos and Curry Counties). Prior to OSU, she worked with the Oregon Department of Forestry as a District Forester in Coos Bay. Kline began her employment with ODF in 1996 as a forester in Coos Bay, and has held progressively more senior positions since. Prior to ODF, she worked for the U.S. Forest Service in timber sale planning as a District NEPA Coordinator on the Calaveras Ranger District of the Stanislaus National Forest in California from 1989 to 1993. Norma holds a bachelor’s degree in forest management from the University of California-Berkeley and a master’s degree in forest management from Northern Arizona University.

The OSU Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Program is the state's leading provider of research-based knowledge and problem-solving educational programs designed to foster new ways to manage and use Oregon's forest resources wisely. To learn more, visit the program online.

Student Profile: Jamie Mosel

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.

Some Phil’s Trail singletrack now wide open

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.

Without This Place: A Glimpse of the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest

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.

Allyn Ford receives OSUAA Joan Austin Honorary Alumni Award

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.

Related Documents: 

Small headwater streams export surprising amounts of carbon out of Pacific Northwest forest

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.