Biodeterioration, Materials Protection, and Product Durability
The research of wood decay has a range of important industrial applications, and we have a history of innovation in the science of improving wood product durability. We specialize in the critical issue of how to sustainably design and manage wood products for a long life.
Wood composites can be made from an incredibly diverse range of materials, for a variety of important and evolving applications. Our composite science research reflects this spectrum; research ranges from composite manufacturing to formaldehyde-free adhesives to the study of composite fracturing.
Forest Products Business and Marketing
A critical component of forest product innovation is the continual evolution of competitive marketing and business management strategies. This area of study includes marketing in renewable materials, corporate responsibility, and the fostering of local forest industry competitiveness.
Forest, Wildlife, and Landscape Ecology
Uses a range of research tools and models to understand how species act, react and interact at many spatial and temporal scales. These dynamics take place in an environment that can change gradually or quite rapidly, which can directly or indirectly affect species and their inter-relationships.
Genetics and Physiology
Examines the genetic and physiological mechanisms that determine how plants grow, reproduce, respond to their environment, and are managed and modified for human benefit. We research means to improve the environmental sustainability of energy, wood, and paper production in trees using genomics (entire DNA) and genetic engineering methods.
Green Building and Environmental Performance
Oregon State is committed to expanding the use of wood in green building and sustainable design. This commitment is multifaceted, and involves the development of reliable wood-based green materials, as well as a constantly evolving understanding of the market demands, designer needs, and end-user preferences.
Integrated Social and Ecological Systems
Explores the issues created by the intersection of natural systems and our society's rapidly evolving needs and brings biophysical and social sciences together to explore complex natural resource issues.
Science of Conservation, Restoration, and Sustainable Management
Forests have long been influenced by anthropogenic and natural disturbances. To sustain the variety of ecosystem services generated by healthy forests requires understanding these processes and evaluating different management practices that can restore and sustain multiple values.
Social Science, Policy, and Natural Resources
Examines the complex interactions between our communities, cultures, governments, and the natural resources that support our continued life and development. Explores methods for engaging scientists, managers, and the public in addressing environmental problems.
The movement of energy and matter within and among ecosystems controls how these systems function and the services they provide. This area of concentration investigates the mechanisms controlling ecosystem behavior from a micro to a macro scale, including the impacts of anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases.
Sustainable Recreation and Tourism
Explores psychological motivations and benefits of recreation, as well as approaches to ensure sustainable recreation and tourism enterprises. Includes recreation and tourism behavior, social and/or ecological impacts of tourism, and planning, management and policy.
Timber Engineering, Mechanics, and Structural Design
Through world-class research, we advance the state-of-the-art in timber engineering and structural wood design. This includes studying the behavior of constituent materials, components, and assemblies; the performance of structural systems under structural and environmental loading and demand; and engineering design of wood structures.
Wood Aesthetics and Natural Coloration
We investigate the interface of art and science through processes like spalting—the natural coloration of wood by fungi. This unique field of study explores the applications of such processes, and the resulting, sometimes unexpected, aesthetic and commercial opportunities.