CoF Research in the News

Conserve intact forest landscapes to maximize biodiversity, reduce extinction risk

“We have seen declines in species in landscapes that have already lost a massive amount of habitat,” said Matthew Betts, lead author and professor in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. “But we found much more support for what we call the initial intrusion hypothesis. It’s the initial hit caused by roads going into tropical forests and the human activities that follow that is most substantial. These are also the spots with the greatest sheer numbers of species.”

Marbled Murrelet study along the Oregon coast

The study, led by Oregon State University assistant professor and senior researcher Jim Rivers, is the first to tag marbled murrelets on the open ocean.

Large carnivores have lost more than 90 percent of their range

Chris Wolf and William Ripple at Oregon State University looked at historical accounts of large carnivores and maps of their preferred habitat around AD 1500, and found that they are now present in just a third of the land area they occupied back then. Of the 25 species analysed, all weighing more than 15 kilograms, 15 had lost more than half their range.

The 10 best U.S. colleges for studying natural resources and conservation

OSU is named one of the 10 best U.S. colleges for studying natural resources and conservation by USA Today!

Wolves need space to roam to control expanding coyote populations

"It will be interesting to see the influence of large predators on smaller predators in other parts of the world, especially the role of the big cats such as jaguars, leopards, lions and tigers," said co-author William Ripple of Oregon State University.

When wolves return to the wild, everything changes

In Yellowstone, the wolves quickly reclaimed their spot as top predator. Ecologist William Ripple of Oregon State University has been studying the wolves since their return.

Affluent countries give less to wildlife conservation than rest of the world

Professor William Ripple, Co-author and Oregon State University Professor concluded: 'The Megafauna Conservation Index is an important first step to transparency – some of the poorest countries in the world are making the biggest investments in a global asset and should be congratulated, whereas some of the richest nations just aren’t doing enough.'

There’s nothing old-fashion about manufacturing

Equally exciting is the transformation of Oregon State University’s College of Forestry under the guidance of Dean Thomas Maness. The long-term vision of making OSU a world-class forestry school began this past fall with a ground-breaking ceremony celebrating the construction of a new Oregon Forest Sciences Complex, including a 95,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Advanced Wood Products Laboratory. Facilities, faculty, students and curriculum will continue to support existing and new-age wood products manufacturing right here in our backyard.

The technology behind growing trees

Much of timber management and approaches to growing are shared between timber growers and Oregon State University College of Forestry through cooperative research so they can all benefit from the best known science available. There are research cooperatives to address every category, from health and nutrients to disease prevention.

Pacific Northwest forests are at a crossroads, scientists argue in new book

The Northwest Forest Plan mandates a one-size-fits-all management approach, said Thomas Maness, dean of the College of Forestry and co-author. "Yet we know that northwest forests are exceedingly diverse and fragmented. We have an opportunity to actively manage for the desired characteristics of the landscape, while at the same time producing revenue to support communities and pay for management," he added. "Collaboration and building trust are the keys to achieving this goal."