In the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, first year graduate student Dusty Gannon is studying how Heliconia tortuosa, a tropical plant with long, tubular flowers and vividly-colored bracts (modified leaves that house the flowers), maintains its unique relationship with pollinating hummingbirds.
New collaborative effort takes flight. Matt Betts' current priority is to establish a Forest Biodiversity Research Network (FBRN) at Oregon State. This effort is supported by his recent award, the Institute for Working Forest Landscapes (IWFL) Research Professorship. The IWFL professorships fund world-class researchers in the early part of their careers to lead research, promote effective dissemination and strengthen research leadership at the highest academic levels.
Diego Zárrate-Charry, PhD. student, studies jaguar and the coffee industry in Colombia (spanish).
Kristin Jones (seen here enjoying her favorite single malt) successfully defended her Masters thesis!”
Diego Zárrate-Charry organizes mammal distribution modeling symposium at II Congreso Colombiano (Dec. 1-5 2015). Diego is featured in this promotional video of a Jaguar project in Colombia, produced by Heroes al Rescate Animal.
Kristin Jones is featured in the Lab Coats Optional video series, a project developed by the Oregon Natural Resources Education Program that provides a window into the process of scientific inquiry for high school students.
Kristin Jones wins a Research Award from the American Ornithologists!
Kristin's thesis work examines the question of how birds respond to changes in climate and land-use in intensively managed landscapes or Oregon.
Noelia Volpe successfully defended her Masters Thesis (!) and has had her first chapter accepted to Ecological Applications.
Kate Halstead successfully defended her Masters thesis: "A ‘Bird’s Eye View’: Using a species-centered approach to investigate drivers and patterns of avian species richness in oak systems of the Rogue Basin, Oregon". Congratulations from the lab to Kate (seen here enjoying some single-malt apple juice) and best of luck in your future work!
Jim Rivers was awarded the 2012 Ned K. Johnson Young Investigator Award from the American Ornithologists' Union at the recent meeting of the North American Ornithological Conference. This award recognizes researchers who have made outstanding and promising ornithological contributions early in their career and show a distinct promise for leadership in ornithology within and beyond North America. Congrats, Jim!
Some butterfly species could adapt to climate change better than others, according to a new study involving researchers at Oregon State University. “We’re already expecting localized extinctions of about one third of butterfly species, so we need to understand how climate change will affect those that survive,” said Javier Illan, with OSU’s Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society. “This research makes it clear that some will do a lot better than others.”
Sveta Yegorova has successfully defended her Masters thesis entitled "Bird-Vegetation Relationships Across Ten Years After Thinning in Young Thinned and Unthinned Douglas-fir Forests
Matt Smith takes a reporter out capturing flying squirrels
Sarah Frey was interviewed for Oregon State University's Terra Magazine.
The Hummingbird Pollination Ecology webpage has been added to this site. The Rufous hummingbird is a key pollinator of shrubs and hardwoods, but its population in the Pacific Northwest is declining by about 4% per year. Through undergraduate student presentations and teacher education, K-12 students will learn the basics about pollination, hummingbirds, and landscape effects on habitat availability.
Congratulations to Julia Buck for her recent article in Biological Conservation showing that zooplankton eat chytrid fungus: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110826111303.htm
Migratory Bird Math and Science Lessons at the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation. Some of Matt and Adam's work from Hubbard Brook is featured in a great new training module for schools:
Thomas Stokely (Masters student) continues on his quest to build bird and ungulate exclosures in the Coast Range. These exclosures will test hypotheses relating to top-down effects of birds, as well as ungulate herbivory. Five down, 27 to go!