News and Events
Andrews Forest LTER Monthly Meetings & Science HourMonthly meetings are used to share science, news, and opportunities related to the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest and Long-Term Ecological Research program. The meetings begin with a science hour and then move into program news and announcements. Anyone is welcome to attend. Monthly meetings are on the first Friday of the month during the academic year. For the 2016/17 meetings, please mark your calendar for 9-11 AM, for October 7, November 4, December 2, January 13, February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2. We will meet in Room 20 of the Forestry Sciences Lab, 3200 SW Jefferson Way.
Music inspired by the Andrews Forest
Paul Miller, aka DJ Spooky, the composer, visited the Andrews Forest over four seasons. Based on his experience, Paul composed "Heart of the Forest," which premiered at Oregon State University in spring 2016. http://djspooky.com/heart-of-a-forest/
Paul talked about his experience with and connection to the Andrews Forest on the Oregon Public Radio program, "Think Out Loud." Listen to the interview at: http://www.opb.org/radio/programs/thinkoutloud/segment/music-inspired-by-the-forest-cycling-in-the-forest-playing-music-in-the-forest/
Oregon Seasons Tracker Citizen Science Program
The Oregon Season Tracker Citizen Science Program just unveiled a hybrid (mix online/classroom) training. The program connects volunteers with researchers to study weather and ecology. Volunteers collect data on precipitation and native plant seasonal changes in their backyard, farm, woodland, or schoolyard. Learn more about the Oregon Season Tracker (OST) program at http://oregonseasontracker.forestry.oregonstate.edu
A live registration link http://bit.ly/OregonSeasonTrackerTraining
Oregon Season Tracker is run by OSU Extension, with partnership with the Andrews Forest program. We are looking to increase the number of volunteers collecting data as citizen scientists at observation sites at their home, farm, woodland or school. Non-scientists as well as students (grade 4-12 with teacher support) are capable of learning the protocols and reporting data. The data collected by Oregon Season Tracker volunteers will help scientists at the Andrews Forest and elsewhere fill gaps and expand the scale and inference of their research.
It is a great family activity that can be shared with friends and neighbors, plus researchers are welcome to participate too!
A Call to Life event. April 7
With music, creative writing, and science, A Call to Life, affirms the wonder and worth of the Earth's wild lives and our responsibility to save them from extinction.
Friday, April 7th, 7 PM, the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th Street, Corvallis.
FREE. Reserve your seat at liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/ACalltoLife
Best Hands-On Science Book award
Author Judith Li and illustrator M. L. Herring attended the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Boston to accept the 2017 SB&F Prize for the Best Hands-On Science Book, Ricky's Atlas: Mapping a Land on Fire. Judy Li, who worked at the Andrews Forest, also published Ellie's Log: Exploring the Forest Where the Great Tree Fell, which features landscapes and animals of the Andrews Forest. See more on Ellie and Ricky at http://ellieslog.osupress.oregonstate.edu/
Andrews Forest book featured in High Country News
The HJ Andrews Experimental Forest LTER site and the book, "Forest Under Story," were featured in the February issue of High Country News: http://www.hcn.org/issues/49.3/forest-under-story-creative-inquiry-in-an-old-growth-forest
Long-Term Ecological Research presented at the ASLO Meeting
"Scientists present El Niño, other long-term ecological research results at the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) annual meeting, Feb. 27 to March 3."
See the NSF press release: https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=190945&org=NSF&from=news
The meeting will include a presentation by Andrews Forest graduate student, Francisco Guerrero-Bolano, titled, "Decoding Resilience in the Oregon Cascades: An Analysis of Historical Trends of Streamflow Variability.
Andrews Forest featured on science radio show
The Andrews Forest program was featured on radio KBVR Corvallis (88.7 FM), "Chariots of Curiosity" with Sami Al-AbdRabbuh.
Landscape disturbance and geomorphic processes, McRae Creek
GEOG 596 field class presentation
Wednesday, November 9
Author Event" "Ricky's Atlas" children's book
Judith L. Li & M.L. Herring “Ricky’s Atlas: Mapping a Land on Fire” http://osupress.oregonstate.edu/book/rickys-atlas Saturday, September 17, 3 PM Grass Roots Books & Music, Corvallis
Microclimate predicts within–season distribution dynamics of montane forest birds
Scientists are trying to understand how animals will respond to climate change across whole landscapes, but also at smaller scales -- such as within individual patches of forest. At the Andrews Forest, where the mountains, streams, and large trees create little pockets, or microclimates, of warmer or cooler areas, scientists wanted to know if birds would move into favorable microclimates within the summer breeding season. First the scientists needed to learn three things: the structure of the forest, the temperature across the forest, and the bird movement within the forest. So, they mapped the forest structure across the entire landscape using LiDAR technology. They measured temperature at different points by placing 183 temperature sensors across the forest. Six times during the summer, they counted and recorded bird presence or absence by recording all birds seen or heard across the 183 points with temperature sensors. In a study just published, the scientists, Sarah J.K. Frey, Adam S. Hadley, and Matthew G. Betts, reported that the distribution of birds across the forest did change over the summer, and fine-scale temperature metrics were the strongest predictor of bird distribution. Further, they found that some bird species preferred warmer sites, while other bird species preferred cooler sites. Under certain conditions, like those found in old-growth and mature forests, it is possible that birds can shift their location within the breeding season into suitable microclimates and, in doing so, potentially buffer themselves against larger scale climate change. The paper, "Microclimate predicts within–season distribution dynamics of montane forest birds," was published in the journal, "Diversity and Distributions," 28 June 2016.
New book: "Long-Term Ecological Research: Changing the Nature of Scientists"
Edited by Michael R. Willig and Lawrence R. Walker
From Oxford University Press:
"The Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Program is, in a sense, an experiment to transform the nature of science, and represents one of the most effective mechanisms for catalyzing comprehensive site-based research that is collaborative, multidisciplinary, and long-term in nature. The scientific contributions of the Program are prodigious, but the broader impacts of participation have not been examined in a formal way. This book captures the consequences of participation in the Program on the perspectives, attitudes, and practices of environmental scientists.
The edited volume comprises three sections. The first section includes two chapters that provide an overview of the history, goals, mission, and inner workings of the LTER network of sites. The second section comprises three dozen retrospective essays by scientists, data managers or educators who represent a broad spectrum of LTER sites from deserts to tropical forests and from arctic to marine ecosystems. Each essay addresses the same series of probing questions to uncover the extent to which participation has affected the ways that scientists conduct research, educate students, or provide outreach to the public. The final section encompasses 5 chapters, whose authors are biophysical scientists, historians, behavioral scientists, or social scientists. This section analyzes, integrates, or synthesizes the content of the previous chapters from multiple perspectives and uncovers emergent themes and future directions."
The book contains chapters by Andrews Forest scientists Sherri Johnson, Fred Swanson, and Susan Stafford.
Format: Hardback 448 pp. 55 illustrations, 6.125" x 9.25"
Publication date: August 2016
Seminar: Reintegration of the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences. Mary Beth Leigh.
Seeing the Elephant: Towards Reintegration of the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences in Ecological Research
Friday, June 17, 2016, 1:30-2:30 PM, Richardson Hall 107
Mary Beth Leigh is an Associate Professor of Microbiology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks as well as a dancer, choreographer, and musician. She is a founding member of Deliquescent Designs dance company and is an organizer of state and national efforts to integrate the arts and humanities with place-based ecological science, including the Alaska-based program, In a Time of Change, and the nationwide Ecological Reflections program within the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) network.
SUMMARY: Collaborations between the arts, humanities and sciences can engage us at the intellectual, intuitive and emotional levels, and can strengthen our connection to the ecosystems in which we live. This talk highlights projects combining ecology, dance, visual art, and ethics to advance the arts, humanities, sciences, and public understanding of social-ecological issues across Alaska and the nationwide network of place-based ecological research sites. Dr. Leigh’s presentation is an expanded version of a TEDx talk she recently was invited to give in Fairbanks, Alaska.
HJA Day at the Andrews Forest. June 23, 2016.
HJA Day is the annual field gathering at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest and Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Site in Blue River, Oregon. The event features presentations and field trips about research, education, management, and the arts and humanities.
The event is hosted by the Andrews Forest LTER Program. Transportation from the OSU campus will be provided, as will morning refreshments and an afternoon snack. Participants should bring a sack lunch to eat in the field.
To help us in our planning, registration is required by June 16th. Go to http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/hjaday for more information and to register.
We look forward to seeing you there!
PhD Student Research Assistant Opportunity
PhD Student Research Assistant: Terrestrial carnivore and owl food web ecology. Oregon State University. Posted on the Andrews Forest Opportunities page.
M.S. Thesis Defense: Kate Jones. Tree Establishment.
"Spatio-Temporal Patterns of Tree Establishment in the M1 Meadow of the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest”
Advisor: Dr. Julia Jones
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Symposium Presentations now online
Presentations from the symposium are now available for online viewing on the "2016 Andrews Forest Annual Symposium" playlist on the Andrews Forest YouTube channel.
The Andrews Forest Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Symposium highlights the program’s research, recent findings, and new directions. The 2016 symposium, held May 13th, 2016, featured eight talks around the theme, “Stories Only Time Can Tell,” inspired by the long-term nature of the research at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest and Long-Term Ecological Research site.
“Heart of the Forest” musical performance
Wednesday, May 18, 7:30 pm
Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky, “Heart of the Forest,” and other works performed by the OSU Wind Ensemble
LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th Street, Corvallis
Composer, artist, and author Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky) will debut his latest composition, “Heart of the Forest,” with the Oregon State University Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Christopher Chapman.
Tickets are $10 at the door or $7 in advance and can be purchased here. Student admission is free.
Paul Miller composed “Heart of the Forest” as an artist-in-residence at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest as part of the Spring Creek Project’s Long-Term Ecological Reflections program. Miller first rose to worldwide fame as hip-hop turntablist "DJ Spooky" and is known for his multimedia art, catalogue of music, and social justice work. In addition to collaborating with musicians, such as Chuck D, Thurston Moore and Yoko Ono, Miller has travelled the world to perform solo and with chamber groups and orchestras. This project is a collaboration between the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word; School of Arts and Communication at OSU; and OSU Wind Ensemble, with funding provided by the Oregon Community Foundation’s Creative Heights program and the USDA Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station.
The "Heartwood: Inquiry and Engagement with Pacific Northwest Forests" display at the Valley Library is featured in Terra's blog:
Andrews Forest Newsletter Spring 2016
The Spring 2016 issue of the Andrews Forest Newsletter is online at http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/newsletter.
- Learn how old-growth forests may buffer understory temperatures in a warming climate
- Find out how ethics have a role in natural resource management and ecological forestry
- Bid farewell to two notable retirees, John Moreau and Theresa Valentine.
- Track snowmelt in a mountain ecotone
Andrews Forest LTER Symposium: May 13th
Please join us at the upcoming HJ Andrews Experimental Forest Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) 2016 Symposium: "Stories Only Time Can Tell"
9 AM - 2:30 PM, Friday, May 13th, 2016
Memorial Union, Oregon State University Campus
Hosted by the Andrews Forest Long-Term Ecological Research Program
The agenda of speakers and titles is listed on the symposium webpage.
Ricky's Atlas. A sequel to Ellie's Log
"Ricky's Atlas: Mapping a Land on Fire" by Judith L. Li
In this sequel to "Ellie’s Log: Exploring the Forest Where the Great Tree Fell," Ricky Zamora brings his love of map-making and his boundless curiosity to the arid landscapes east of the Cascade Mountains.
"Forest Under Story" explored by Terra
In a post titled, "Notes from a Forest," OSU's Terra blog explores the recently-released book borne from the Long-Term Ecological Reflections program at the Andrews Forest: "Forest Under Story." Check out the post at http://oregonstate.edu/terra/2016/05/notes-from-a-forest/.
Summer Research Opportunities at the Andrews Forest
See the Opportunities page for announcements for summer field tech positions, graduate student support, and Research for Undergraduates internships.
"Rot: The Afterlife of Trees" Art Exhibit and Special Events. Jan 14 - Feb 25, 2016
WHERE: The Arts Center, 700 S.W. Madison Ave., Corvallis. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.
HOW MUCH: Exhibit and events free and open to the public.
Rot Exhibition Special Events
- Artist Reception, Thursday, Jan. 21, 4 to 8 p.m., during Corvallis ArtsWalk.
- Performance art by Kaitlyn Wittig-Mengüc, Thursday Feb. 18, 4 to 8 p.m., during Corvallis ArtsWalk.
- Brown Bag Art Talk, Thursday, Jan. 28, noon.
- Rot, Poetry and Music Inspired by Ecology of Decay -- a program of performing arts and music, Saturday, Feb. 20, 3 p.m.
- See the "Rot: The Afterlife of Trees at The Arts Center" article in the Corvallis Gazette Times
Harmon & Pabst paper on 100-year vegetation study short-listed for JVS Editors' Award
The recent Harmon & Pabst paper on "Testing predictions of forest succession using long-term measurements: 100 yrs of observations in the Oregon Cascades" was short-listed for 2015 Journal of Vegetation Science Editors' Award.
From http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jvs.12368/full#jvs12368-sec-0003: "Harmon & Pabst (2015), which tested predictions of forest succession using 100-yr long measurements. Many common predictions about forest succession have been based on studies of forest patches of different age. Harmon & Pabst explored whether these predictions are consistent with long-term measurements in permanent plots. They used data from a coniferous forest patch where mortality and regeneration were assessed every 5–10 yr for over a century. They concluded that predictions from chronosequences at the population and community level were similar with long-term direct observations, whereas predictions at the ecosystem level were not. This outlines the importance of long-term observations in plant community ecology."
Harmon, M.E. & Pabst, R.J. 2015. Testing predictions of forest succession using long-term measurements: 100 yrs of observations in the Oregon Cascades. Journal of Vegetation Science 26: 722–732.
Mark Harmon speaks about dead wood on BYU Radio's "Top of the Mind"
The Life of a Dead Tree: Art and Science at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest
Corvallis Science Pub: November 9, 2015. 6-8 PM.
Speakers: Mark Harmon, OSU College of Forestry; Oregon artists Leah Wilson, Bob Keefer, Andries Fourier and David Paul Bayles
"Speakers at the November 9 Corvallis Science Pub will combine the science of tree decomposition with the creative vision of artists who explore the life that emerges from trees after they die. Mark Harmon, professor and holder of the Richardson Chair in Forest Science at Oregon State University, will present the results of nearly 30 years of decomposition research at the H.J. Andrews Forest in the Cascades east of Eugene.
Four artists — Leah Wilson, Bob Keefer, David Bayles and Andries Fourier — will discuss their efforts to understand the life of dead trees through the visual arts. They are all participating in a project, The Afterlife of Trees, organized by the Corvallis Arts Center in partnership with the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written Word at Oregon State. The show is scheduled to run at the Arts Center from January 15 to February 25."
See http://oregonstate.edu/terra/science-pub-corvallis/ for more information about this talk and about science pub.
See http://theartscenter.net/rot-the-afterlife-of-trees-blog/ for more information on the ROT art exhibit.
See http://theartscenter.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Update-from-the-Rotter-in-Charge-with-photos.pdf for notes from Mark Harmon on his 2015 field season.
The Science Pub presentation is free and open to the public. It begins at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 S.W. 2nd St. in Corvallis. Sponsors of Science Pub include Terra magazine at OSU, the Downtown Corvallis Association and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
Andrews Forest Newsletter Fall 2015 Issue
The new Fall 2015 issue of the Andrews Forest Newsletter is online at http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/newsletter. In this issue you can:
• Read about studies that are using the summer 2015 drought conditions to study how projected changes from climate change will impact streams
• Peer through a thermal camera at the forest canopy
• Tune into the ever-growing arts and humanities program at the Forest.
The Andrews Forest Newsletter is a semi-annual publication of the Andrews Forest Program. We welcome your feedback, ideas, and comments. Contact us at email@example.com.
Andrews Forest links with WaterViz
The Andrews Forest is involved in a new project to combine art, music, neuroscience in visualization and communications about long-term data streams - such as streamflow and temperature records. The project, called WaterViz, is spearheaded by Lindsey Rustad, lead USFS scientist for Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest and LTER site, and now funded with an NSF EAGER grant. See the press release http://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/news/release/NSF-WaterViz
The Waterviz program is featured on Virginia Water Radio Episode 283 (9-28-15), “Turning Water to Music through Sonification,” is now available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2015/09/turning-water-to-music-through.html. It’s 4 minutes/8 seconds.
HJA Day, June 25. Register by June 18!
HJA Day is the annual field day at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest Long Term Ecological Research site in Blue River, Oregon. The event features presentations and hands-on activities. Come and learn more about research, education, outreach, art and humanities, and management activities associated with the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest and Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Program. Transportation is provided to and from the OSU campus. Lunch is provided to those who register by June 18. The event is free, but registration is required. See the HJA Day website to register.
Thesis defense on HJA Day Experiences
“HJA Day Experiences: Understanding Participant Outcomes at a Non-Formal Science Education Event.”
Master's degree defense by Lauren Remenick. May 26, 2015, 2pm, in Richardson Hall 115.
Andrews Forest Inspired Art: Bob Keefer Exhibit
May 8 - June 13, 2015. Jacobs Gallery, Eugene, Oregon.
Special slide presentation and talk by Bob will be on Thursday, May 21, 6-8PM. "Investigating the Forest: A Year of Photography at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest"
Jacobs Gallery is in the lower level of the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Eugene Center (7th & Willamette),
Eugene, Oregon 97401. Directions & Parking
"ROT: The Afterlife of Trees" art exhibit. Call to artists!
The Arts Center invites artists to submit artwork as a Request for Proposals to be considered for a January-February 2016 exhibit. The exhibit is a collaboration with co-sponsor Spring Creek Project and the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in the Cascade Mountains with ecologist Dr. Mark E. Harmon, the lead researcher on tree decomposition project in the H.J Andrews Forest, all associated with Oregon State University.
ROT: The Afterlife of Trees will be an exhibition of artworks showing visual interpretations of and/or reflections on decomposition, conceived from Dr. Harmon’s forest research. The exhibition will feature both invited artists and juried artists responding to this RFP, and is open to both 2D and 3D media.
Two Field Research Opportunities: Dr. Harmon will take small groups of interested artists on ½ day-long field trips to the H.J. Andrews Forest research sites in summer and fall of 2015. On the fall trip, samples will be made available for interested artists to use in their work. This material may be pieces of boles (trunks) in the form of slices or part slices, some branches, or wood chip samples that could be used to compare colors or perhaps for pigments. Field trips are open to both invited artists and artists involved in the jury process; Preregistration is required. Space for the field trips is limited and will be allotted on a first come, first served basis.
See the Arts Center website for more detail.
LTER All-Scientists Meeting. August 30 – September 2, 2015
The Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network holds a network-wide meeting, the “All Scientists Meeting” (ASM), every three years. The next meeting is scheduled to be August 30 – September 2, 2015, in Estes Park, Colorado.
This is an important meeting in a beautiful location, and a great opportunity to network with other researchers and students. One important part of this meeting is the development of working groups focused on specific topics and goals. There will also be a Graduate Student Symposium, and meetings for Information Managers and Education reps on August 30, the day before the main ASM begins.
Andrews Forest LTER researchers and students are encouraged to attend. The LTER Network Office and the Andrews Forest LTER grant will provide travel funds for up to 15 researchers and students from the Andrews Forest LTER.
- Now open - Working Group and Poster Submission
- Now open - Housing and Shuttle Reservations
- Now open - Meeting Registration opens ($50 per person)
- June 29 - Housing Reservation Closes; Room block released
- July 31 - Working Group Submission closes
- July 31 – Poster Submission closes (Late posters accepted up to the poster limit of 400)
- July 31 – Early Meeting Registration closes (registration increases to $75)
Video: Discovery at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest
Julia Jones, a geography professor at Oregon State University, takes students out into the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in Oregon's western Cascade Range. There, students explore, discuss and discover landscapes and why they look the way they do. Published on YouTube by Abby Metzger and David Reinhardon April 28, 2015. Watch the video online.
Andrews Forest LTER Monthly Meeting: May 1, 9-11 AM, Richardson Hall 313
9am - 10am - Science Hour
Robert Kennedy, CEOAS. Geospatial analysis, remote sensing, modeling, landscape ecology, disturbance dynamics, computational methods. Research Interests: Humans depend on landscapes to provide sustainable services, yet most landscapes are under increasing stress as they respond to both natural and anthropogenic processes of change. Using satellite-based remote sensing as my primary tool, my goal is to develop new conceptual and analytical approaches to directly observe landscape change processes and relate those changes to driving forces.
Catalina Segura, Forest Hydrologist, COF FERM. Title: Scaling properties of the rainfall runoff generation processes in the H.J. Andrews. Abstract: Preliminary results from an ongoing investigation of storm response in the HJA forest will be presented. The overall objective of this investigation is to generate relations that describe the spatial-temporal variability of rainfall-runoff generation in mountainous streams and to investigate their relationship to nutrient delivery from hillslopes to streams. We have collected information from 3 storms at 4 locations and anticipate characterizing 5-10 more catchment-storm pairs over the next year.
10am - General meeting and discussion
WORKING GROUP and POSTER Submissions for the 2015 LTER All Scientists Meeting are NOW OPEN! The triennial All Scientists Meeting (Aug 30-Sept 3, 2015) provides an opportunity for LTER researchers to meet and interchange ideas. An important part of this meeting is the development of working groups focused on information exchange, scientific interactions and planning for future research. Anyone associated with the LTER Network and its extended collaborators may propose a working group. Working Group Requests will be accepted until the Final Deadline of July 31, 2015. Please see the ASM 2015 Meeting website for more information: http://asm2015.lternet.edu. If you plan to submit a working group proposal, please let Michael Nelson know – we’re not organizing or regulating these efforts, just want to be kept in the loop.
Please mark your calendars for the next big event in the forest - HJA Day, Thursday, June 25, 2015
And all those new to field work at the Andrews are strongly encouraged to attend HJA Safety Day, Thursday, June 18, 2015
Andrews Forest Newsletter Spring 2015 Issue now online
The Spring 2015 issue of the Andrews Forest Newsletter has just been published. We invite you to explore the newsletter to learn about the people and the projects that make the Andrews Forest special. Check out the current issue and past issues online at http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/newsletter
- Find out what we’re learning from century-long studies of forested plots in the Pacific Northwest.
- Learn how maps and new technologies are being used to assess spotted owl habitat.
- Meet our current graduate student representatives and find out about their research.
- Track plants and the seasons with a new citizen science project.
Nature's Intrinsic Value
Michael Paul Nelson, Lead PI for the Andrews Forest LTER Program, was a guest on Oregon Public Broadcasting's "Think Out Loud" on Friday, February 27, noon - 1 PM, pacific time. Nelson spoke about the intrinsic value of nature. Nelson and colleagues recently published an article titled, "Evaluating whether nature's intrinsic value is an axiom or or anathema to conservation", which appeared in the journal, Conservation Biology, in March 2015. View the OSU press relase for more detail.
Ellie's Log and the Language of Science, March 7 event
OSU Extension Service, Benton County, 4-H Wildlife Stewards Educator Workshop: "Ellie's Log and the Language of Science, Field Journals and Science Notebooks." Saturday, March 7, 9AM - 3 PM, Beazell Education Center, Kings Valley HWY, Philomath, Oregon.
- Connect students to our local forests
- Conect with science in the outdoors
- Connect with hands-on activities
Who should attend: teachers, non-formal educators, 4-H and scout leaders, and others who work iwth youth in outdoor settings. Register online. $25 fee includes lunch and supplies.
Additional information: contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Ellie's Log is a children's book based on research done at the Andrews Forest.
Andrews Forest LTER Monthly Meeting: March 6, 9-11 AM, Richardson Hall 313
Science Hour will feature two presentations:
Cliffs Notes on The Northwest Climate Science Center. Presented by Gustavo A. Bisbal, Director, DOI NW Climate Science Center.
The Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) is a regional partnership that coordinates the expertise of federal and university professionals to advance climate science development and delivery. It is one of eight such Centers launched by the Department of the Interior to understand and address changes in climate and their effects on natural systems and issues of significance to society. The NW CSC emphasizes five core services (science, education and training, data management, communication, and executive) as central strategic elements to address current and future impacts of climate change. Two websites: http://www.doi.gov/csc/northwest/index.cfm and https://www.nwclimatescience.org/
Modeling the effect of forest change on snowmelt timing across the PNW. Presented by Susan Dickerson-Lange, PhD student, University of Washgington.
Both climate and forest characteristics influence the seasonal timing of snowmelt in the mountain watersheds of the Pacific Northwest. With snowmelt projected to occur earlier in the year due to climate change, we assess the role of forest change via management or disturbance to amplify or diminish the impact of warming temperatures on snowmelt and streamflow timing. In particular, we combine regional plot-scale observations and citizen science with an empirical framework to characterize the spatial patterns of forest influence on snow processes. We will present our preliminary results, which illustrate that to optimize retaining snow cover on the landscape, managers in some areas would need to prevent catastrophic fires to retain forest cover while those in other areas would want to strategically open gaps in the canopy. http://depts.washington.edu/mtnhydr/research/PNWsnowforest.shtml
10 AM: General meeting and discussion, including two site use proposals.
Presentation: Linking aquatic consumers to stream function
A seminar about a stream experiment at Andrews Forest will be presented at the Stream Team Monday Morning Meeting on March 2, 10am in Nash room 32. All are welcome to attend.
Drs. Alba Argerich and Brooke Penaluna will present: Linking aquatic consumers to stream function: A field experiment at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest.
Brief Synopsis: At HJ Andrews during summer of 2014, they began assessing the effects of stream consumers, including Cutthroat Trout and Coastal Giant Salamander, on primary production, ecosystem respiration and nutrient cycling in Lower McRae Creek. This research is part of a cross-LTER project, termed SCALER, which is designed to understand structure and function of aquatic systems (see http://www.k-state.edu/ecoforecasting/SCALER/index.html for details). Other SCALER sites include study of streams in tropical forest (Luquillo LTER), temperate deciduous forest (Coweeta LTER), prairie (Konza LTER), northern boreal evergreen forest (Bonanza Creek LTER), tundra (Artic LTER) areas and savanna (Darwin, Australia). During summer 2015, this research will expand to 3 sites at the Andrews.
Summer jobs at the Andrews Forest
Check out the job opportunities page for summer field work and internship opportunities at the Andrews Forest. These positions are an exciting way to get involved with research in a fantastic setting.
Andrews Forest featured in OSU's research "Terra" blog
Research at the Andrews Forest was featured in OSU's research magazine, Terra. Read the full story online:
Andrews Forest LTER Symposium: January 29, 2015
Please join us for presentations, posters, and lunch, and learn more about the research of the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program. Topics will include forest ecology, climate and microclimate, birds, streams, and social science.
Morning Talks: 9 AM - Noon. Memorial Union MULTIPURPOSE Room (note room change!)
Poster Session: Noon - 2:30 PM. MU Horizon Room.
Posters about research and education related to the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest and LTER program are invited and encouraged. Submit poster titles on the registration page by January 22, 2015.
Registration is free but required.
Visit the symposium webpage for more information and a registration link.
All activities will be held in the Memorial Union (MU) on the Oregon State University campus.
LTER All Scientists Meeting Announced
The 2015 Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) All Scientists Meeting (ASM) will take place at the YMCA of The Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado, from August 30 through September 2, 2015. The 2015 ASM activities will be focused around the meeting theme “From Long-Term Data to Understanding: Toward a Predictive Ecology”. Working groups and poster presentations will be organized around sub-themes selected by the Program Committee, including: 1) The unique value of long-term, networked studies, 2) Crafting conceptual models that are sustainable, 3) Does continuous ecosystem stress lead to vulnerability? 4) Predicting ecological change: LTER in the era of big science, 5) LTER and society: broader impacts of long-term research, and 6) Long-term changes in Net Primary Productivity across ecosystems.
More information regarding the meeting, including the agenda, is available on the ASM website, http://asm2015.lternet.edu/.
Andrews Forest Newsletter Fall 2014 Issue now online
The Fall 2014 issue of the Andrews Forest Newsletter is online at http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/newsletter.
In this issue:
- Get a snapshot of the upcoming research funded by our recent “LTER7” grant: our seventh Long-Term Ecological Research grant from the National Science Foundation.
- See some of the faces of our undergraduate researchers.
- Find out more about two recent grants funding work in carbon dynamics in headwater streams, and in automated interpretation of bird song.
- Track the progress of the old and new Andrews Forest archiving project.
- Enjoy new perspectives on the landscape through the lenses of three photographers.
The Andrews Forest Newsletter is a semi-annual publication of the Andrews Forest Program.
GEO 548 Presentation on wood jam on Lookout Creek
The GEO 548 class will be presenting the results of their examination of the wood jam at the Lookout Creek old growth trail bridge crossing.
November 12, 1-2 PM, Wilkinson 207.
All are welcome.
HJA Day 2014
HJA Day, the annual field gathering and information sharing at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest and Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site, was held on June 26. One hundred thirty participants participated in hands-on activities, presentations, and discussions that explored past and present research at the forest. Participants learned about hummingbird movements across the landscape, watched a fog release, stepped into a soil pit, cored trees, traced long-term records, immersed themselves in history, viewed artwork inspired by the forest, or got their hands wet in a stream. Photos of the day’s activities are online at http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/lter/data/cd_pics/cd_photos.cfm?cd=acq&topnav=217
Thanks to all who partcipated!
Andrews Forest Newsletter Spring 2014 Issue now online
We invite you to explore the newsletter to learn about the people and the projects that make the Andrews Forest special. andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/lter/pubs/newsletter.cfm
• Discover how our long-term records are being used to tell stories across wide expanses of geography
• Find out how a graduate student is employing remote sensing technologies to detect spring green-up at a landscape scale
• Learn more about challenges around managing for the northern spotted owl
• Link to the new OspreyCam to watch an active osprey nest at the Andrews Forest
• Register for HJA Day, our annual field gathering at the Andrews Forest, June 26
DJ Spooky: Friday, May 9, 7:30 pm
DJ Spooky:That Subliminal Kid, in concert with Dana Reason and Michael Gamble.Friday, May 9, 7:30 pm
LaSells Stewart Center, C&E Auditorium
Composer, multimedia artist and author Paul D. Miller, a.k.a. DJ Spooky, is known for his genre-bending art, vast catalogue of music and work in social justice. In addition to collaborating with musicians, such as Chuck D, Thurston Moore and Yoko Ono, Miller has traveled the world to perform solo, as well as with chamber groups and orchestras. He was the first artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and his work has appeared in the The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, The Venice Biennial for Architecture and other museums. Miller is currently the executive editor of Origin Magazine, which focuses on the intersection of art, yoga and new ideas. He is the author of Book of Ice, a multimedia, multidisciplinary study of Antarctica that contemplates climate change and humanity’s relationship with the natural world. Free and open to all. http://djspooky.com/
In advance of his Corvallis appearance, Miller will be writer-in-residence for the Long-Term Ecological Reflections program at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, which is co-sponsored by the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word and the U.S. Forest Service.
FMI: 541-737-6198; http://springcreek.oregonstate.edu/
Next Monthly Meeting: May 2, 9-11AM RH 313
The next monthly meeting for the Andrews Forest program will be Friday, May 2, 9-11 AM
Starker Lecture: Paige Fischer, Research Social Scientist, April 24, 3:30 pm, RH 107
Starker Lecture Series “Beyond Boundaries: Social Challenges and Opportunities in the Forest Landscape Management.” Paige Fischer, Research Social Scientist, USDA Forest Service, Western Wild land Environmental Threat Assessment center and PNW Research Station, Prineville
Thursday, April 24, 3:30 pm, RH 107
Reception to follow.
For more on the Starker Lecture Series visit http://starkerlectures.forestry.oregonstate.edu/
Leah Wilson art from Andrews exhibited at The Art Center, Corvallis - opening April 17
Structure of Nature: Carol Chapel and Leah Wilson will be on display at The Corvallis Art Center from April 17 through May 24. The gallery will be open from 12 - 5pm daily. For more information on the show visit: http://theartscenter.net/exhibit/structure-of-nature-carol-chapel-and-leah-wilson/
Leah Wilson will have some of her pieces from the Andrews on display for the art show. Leah Wilson’s paintings are created in the intersections of science, philosophy and art. Working with a desire to better understand the color patterns that compose the landscape, her paintings are a way to bear witness to change.
Bark beetle galleries on the side of a log in Lookout Creek at the Andrews Forest inspired this painting by Eugene artist Leah Wilson during her 2012 Artist-in-Residence visit. Gouache on paper. For more of Leah’s work see: http://leahwilson.com
Starker Lecture Series- Working Forests across the Landscape
Thursday, February 27, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Tom Spies, Research Forester, USDA Forest Service, PNW Research Station, Corvallis.
In 1792 Captain George Vancouver described the coastal forests of Oregon as a “luxuriant landscape”. This talk will explore how these forests have changed over the last 200 years, what we know about their current ecological patterns and processes, and how they might be changing in the future. It will address the ecological implications of Oregon’s forest landscape ownership and management patterns. The presentation will be based on research from the Pacific Northwest and other forested regions of the world.
For more information on this lecture, and the Starker Lecture Series: http://starkerlectures.forestry.oregonstate.edu/
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) opportunity
We seek applicants for a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position on a long-term study of plant and animal phenology at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest in the Central Cascades of Oregon. Check out our Opportunities page for more information.
Andrews Forest Newsletter, Fall 2013 Issue
The Fall 2013 issue of the Andrews Forest Newsletter is now online at http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/newsletter.
We invite you to explore the newsletter to learn about the people and the projects that make the Andrews Forest special.
- Learn about the new Andrews Forest History Project
- Meet some of our graduate students and researchers
- Explore what our 50-year studies tell us about vegetation changes after logging
- Find out how our Forest Service partners are connecting with the social component of natural resource management
Research Affected by Government Shutdown
Research at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site has been affected by the government shutdown. Other LTER sites are also affected. Read more in the Greenwire article, "GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: Shuttered parks, wildlife refuges hamstring long-term research projects".
OSU post-doctoral scholar visits UAF forest research group
College of Forestry, Oregon State University post-doctoral scholar, Lissy Goralnik, visits University of Alaska Fairbanks' School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences.
HJA Day: June 27, 2013
HJA Day is the annual field gathering at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest. Activities will include field trips to sites in the Andrews Forest and presentations from researchers, student, and managers. Schedule at http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/hjaday.
New Issue of the Andrews Forest Newsletter
The newest issue of the Andrews Forest Newsletter is now online at http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/newsletter.
We invite you to explore the newsletter to learn about the people and the projects that make the Andrews Forest special. The Andrews Forest Newsletter is a semi-annual publication of the Andrews Forest Program. We welcome your feedback, ideas, and comments. Contact us at email@example.com.
2013 CPR/First Aid Training at Andrews, June 24
Training will be Monday, June 24, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest conference room. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training will be in the morning, First Aid training will be in the afternoon. The cost is $40 for both CPR and First Aid, or $30 for either one, plus $2.50 per person to offset the travel fee of the training provider. The provider is CPR WORKS, http://www.cpr-works.com/
Please email Kathy Keable the names of people wishing to attend, their affiliation (USFS (MRRD, PNW), USGS, OSU (with department)), and bring your index or charge number to the class to enter on the sign-in sheet (unaffiliated attendees can pay cash). The provider will bill each agency for the people attending. Space is not unlimited, so sign up early.
Prepare yourself for the unexpected. Please encourage your field personnel and students to attend.
USFS Road 15 closure May 14th
The final phase of road work at the landslide site on Forest Road 15 (ca. 2 miles from highway 126) is proceeding on schedule. Paving of this section is planned for Tuesday May 14th. The road will be closed to all traffic from 9 AM until the following morning (May 15th). For those who need to visit the Andrews Forest on May 14th there are several options: 1) arrive at the slide before 9AM and plan to spend the night of the 14th at the Station; 2) arrive before 9AM on the 14th and leave anytime that day via the USFS15-to-Deer Creek (USFS 2654)-to-Highway 126 route (a map of this route is still on our website at http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/lter/new/2012/DeerCreek_alt_access.pdf; 3) arrive and leave at any time you desire using the Deer Creek alternate route. I have checked the route and it is snow free. Deer Creek (USFS 2654) is in very good condition (recent thinning operations), while USFS 15 is in good condition except for the occasional pothole and a mile of well-developed washboard just west of Wolf Rock. I clocked the route at 39 minutes from HJA headquarters to Hwy 126 when driving at a safe speed. The highway 126 section from the Deer Creek road (2654) junction to the Blue River Reservoir Road (15) junction adds another 17 minutes to the trip up the McKenzie valley. However, the normal route from highway 126 to HQ takes 7 minutes at a safe speed, meaning the Deer Creek route adds 49 minutes to a typical trip from Corvallis using highway 126. I cannot speculate on whether it would be faster from Corvallis to drive highway 20 to 126 to Deer Creek than the I-5 - hwy 126 - Deer Creek route (Google Maps suggests that it is essentially two hours from Corvallis to the Deer Creek junction using either route). Please do not attempt any other alternative routes, such as Hwy 20 directly to USFS Road 15, as you will encounter significant snow patches that will force you to turn around.
One caveat: if there is significant rain on Tuesday the 14th, the paving will have to be postponed until the 15th. Unless you receive an email announcement of a weather delay, assume the road will be closed on the 14th and open on the 15th (it is officially closed to public use from 1PM on Monday the 13th through 5AM on the 15th, but the closure for Andrews business does not begin until paving starts at 9 AM on the 14th). Please let us know if you plan to travel across the slide zone after 1PM on the 13th or early morning on the 14th – I’ve been informed by the USFS Project Engineer that Andrews personnel do not need to carry a permit letter to cross the slide zone, but the official language about fines is eye opening (http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5419689.pdf).
Thank you for your flexibility in working around this final closure of road 15 to repair the damage from the 2012 landslide.
Andrews Forest Children's Book: "Ellie's Log"
Andrews Forest Children's Book, "Ellie's Log" http://www.ellieslog.org
"Ellie's Log, Exploring the Forest Where the Great Tree Fell" by Judith L. Li. Illustrations by M. L. Herring.
Watch the book trailer video
The book is in print and available through booksellers. Authur Judy Li will share the book at a special kids' book club meeting at the Corvallis Benton County Library, May 3, 3:30 PM.
Nitrogen Trends paper in Environmental Research Letters
'Trends in stream nitrogen concentrations for forested reference catchments across the USA' has been selected to appear in the monthly highlights collection of Environmental Research Letters (ERL).
To access the collection, please visit http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/page/2013%20monthly%20highlights
Full paper: "Trends in stream nitrogen concentrations for forested reference catchments across the USA." A Argerich et al 2013 Environ. Res. Lett. 8 014039 doi:10.1088/1748-9326/8/1/014039
Andrews Forest featured in blog by OSU Visiting Scholar
The Andrews Forest and the book about the Forest and its research program,"The Hidden Forest The Biography of an Ecosystem" by Jon Luoma, were featured in a recent blog by James H. Capshew, the Gordon/Horning Visiting Fellow at the Center for the Humanities, Oregon State University.
Andrews Researchers Funded for LTER Synthesis Projects
The LTER Executive Board's annual call for proposals for LTER synthesis projects for 2013 aimed at synthesis working groups, individual post-docs, and training working groups was well received by Andrews LTER researchers. Nearly a quarter of total grants awarded in the recent grant competition went to Andrews researchers. (To see the original call for proposals and the complete list of awards visit http://intranet2.lternet.edu/proposal/3893.)
These grants will support the following Andrews and LTER projects:
Synthesis Working Groups:
- Soil Biogeochemistry: Synthesis of Past Data and Development of Protocols for a New Long-Term, Network-Wide Data Stream (Kate Lajtha)
- Synthesis of stream ecosystem responses to nutrient enrichment at multiple trophic levels (Lydia Zeglin, Sherri Johnson)
- Veg-DB Phase 2: Developing a cross-site system to improve development and access to synthetic vegetation databases (Mark Harmon)
- Atmospheric correction to LTER Landsat catalog (Theresa Valentine, Tom Spies)
- Cross-site Analysis and Synthesis of Arts and Humanities Engagement within LTER (Michael Nelson, Fred Swanson, Hannah Gosnell)
Training Working Groups:
- Software tools and strategies for managing sensor networks (Don Henshaw)
- Climate and streamflow seasonal trend analysis at LTER sites (Julia Jones, Chris Thomas)
HJA Road 15 Repair - September 10 - November 15
Repair to road 15 to the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest will occur between September 10 and November 15. During this period road access from the McKenzie Highway 126 on USFS Road 15 will be limited due to repair of damage from the landslide that occurred along the Blue River Reservoir last winter. This repair will involve building a rock embankment to stabilize the area and restore the original road prism, which will involve around 3000 dump truck loads of rock. The work period will be from 9AM to 5PM daily.
The contractors doing the repairs have agreed to allow free transit across the slide area to Andrews visitors from 8-9AM and from 5-6PM. From 9AM to 5PM the work area will be closed to traffic.
After/before work hours (6PM – 8AM) there will be two gates blocking public access across the slide. Andrews staff will have the combination or the key to the lock on the gate, which will allow us to facilitate transit across the slide area during the off-work hours.
There are two alternate routes to the Andrews (pdf maps below) that will allow free access to the site at any time of day; both will add a significant amount of time to the trip. The first is from Highway 126 north of the McKenzie River Ranger District office on the Deer Creek Road (USFS 2654) to USFS 15 (just NE of Wolf Rock) and down the Blue River Road to Andrews HQ. This could add as much as an hour to a trip to the Andrews from the Eugene/Springfield Area. For those coming from the north, Highway 20 connects with USFS 15 Road near Iron Mountain, and one can drive the full extent of the 15 Road to HQ. This may add anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to the trip from Corvallis. We can send a scanned PDF map of either route to those who are interested in taking it.
Given the above constraints on travel to HJA, it is very important to plan the route and stick to whatever schedule you decide on - at least if it involves crossing the landslide work zone. If you can schedule your travel such that you are crossing the slide zone during the 8-9AM and 5-6PM time slots that will be the smoothest scenario. The next easiest will be to plan to hit the slide zone in the 6PM - 8AM window. The two alternate routes provide complete flexibility in travel, but do involve an investment of up to two extra hours in total transit to and from the HJA. If you are planning on coming to the Andrews, please let us know your plans so that we can facilitate access (depending on the lock situation at the gates, we may need to have someone there to meet you and get you through the gates).
We apologize for the inconvenience this road work will cause, but this is the only window in which weather and reservoir levels allow for a successful repair operation.
Alternative access routes maps (pdf):
**WARNING for the Deer Creek alternative route - log trucks are hauling on Deer Creek Road. Be very careful if you choose this route.
For more updated information contact Kathy Keable or Mark Schulze.
Climate Station Graphs Back Online
Graphs of the past 7 day data from the benchmark meteorolgical station and gauging stations are back online. This page is still under construction and may continue to evolve, but the graphs will be available here. They are accessed from Weather Station Data at the bottom of the home page. Various photo cams across the Andrews are also availabe here. The photo cams include phenology cams, but also the HJA site web cam and a construction web cam of the new green building. Please send us your feedback.
2012 LTER All Scientists Meeting (ASM), September 10-13
We encourage as many people from the Andrews Forest LTER to attend as possible. This is an important meeting in a beautiful location, and a great opportunity to network with other researchers and students to meet and interchange ideas. One important part of this meeting is the development of working groups focused on specific topics and goals. There is also a graduate student Symposium on September 9, the day before the main ASM begins.
For more information: http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/outreach/asm.cfm?topnav=187
Freshwater Futures Preview Video
Freshwater Illustrated has posted the preview video that was featured at the Ecological Reflections exhibit. The film serves as a preview of the forthcoming short film series, Freshwater Futures, which highlights water-related research and societal needs in NSF Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites across the country. Some of the film footage in the preview is from the Andrews Forest LTER; additional footage from the Andrews Forest will be added for the final series.
see the preview video at http://vimeo.com/39655229
Andrews Forest Newsletter: Spring 2012
The Spring 2012 issue of the Andrews Forest Newsletter is available online at http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/lter/pubs/newsletter.cfm?topnav=170
Read about decadal reporting of the LTER network, the GREEN House project, radioactive fallout detection, and more.
Michael Nelson named as new Andrews Forest LTER Lead PI
Dr. Michael Nelson has formally agreed to come to OSU to become the next Ruth H. Spaniol Chair of Natural Resources as well as the next Lead Principle Investigator for the Andrews Forest LTER program.
Michael is a writer, teacher, speaker, consultant, and professor of environmental ethics and philosophy, currently at Michigan State University. He is also the philosopher in residence of the Isle Royale Wolf-Moose Project, the longest continuous study of a predator-prey system in the world. Michael is the co-founder/co-director of the Conservation Ethics Group, an award-winning environmental ethics consultancy group fusing ethics with social and ecological science. He is the author of many articles, and the author or editor of a number of books, in and around the area of environmental ethics. More information is available on Michael’s website: http://www.michaelpnelson.com
Michael will be starting his new position with OSU and the Andrews Forest LTER in mid-August. We look forward to working with Michael and to the talents and new perspectives he will bring to the program.
Road to Andrews Forest Reopened to Public
The road to the Andrews Forest (Blue River Reservoir Road, USFS Rd 15) will be open to public use on April 6, 2012. A one-lane temporary road repair now enables safe transit across the site of the January 19th landslide. Please be careful when approaching and crossing the landslide on this narrow gravel track. Anticipate oncoming traffic and lines at the repair site. Permanent repairs to restore two-lane access may begin in August 2012. Delays or closures associated with those repairs will be announced on this website.
Photos below were taken on January 19, 2012, the day of the slide, and show initial road damage. Images by Fred Bierlmaier.
- car at bottom of slide (note powerline)
- car at bottom of slide (2) (person in van was OK)
- slide looking southwest
- slide looking northeast
- looking down slide towards reservoir
- download zip of full sized images
Temporary road repair; a week after the slide:
Job Opportunities at the Andrews Forest
Keep an eye on the Opportunities page of our website for current employment opportunities at the Andrews Forest.
LTER Graduate Student, Sarah Frey, featured in Terra
Andrews Forest LTER Graduate Student, Sarah Frey, is highlighted in OSU's Terra magazine. Sarah's research on resident and migratory birds investigates "the role of temperature in small-scale species distributions. The buffering capacity of “microclimatic refugia” (habitat havens she characterizes as “little nooks and crannies”) in mountainous terrain could be critical as birds make adjustments to a fluctuating environment in nesting, breeding and foraging." Full Story, Terra
Sarah was also featured in the Spring 2011 issue of the Andrews Forest Newsletter.
Andrews LTER Lead PI Candidate Seminar - Feb 13 and 14
OSU's Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society is conducting interviews for the Ruth Spaniol Chair in Natural Resources. The successful candidate will hold a tenured teaching and research position and will serve as the lead PI for the H.J. Andrews Forest LTER research program. Andrews LTER community members are strongly encouraged to attend the seminars and provide feedback.
Each candidate will present a Vision and a Teaching Seminar. All Seminars are in Richardson Hall 313. Receptions will follow each Vision Seminar.
Feedback for each candidate can be provide on the Candidate Feedback Form.
Ruth Spaniol Chair of Natural of Natural Resources in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society Position Description.
Ruth Spaniol Chair in Natural Resources Invited Candidates:
January 19 &20 - Dr. Rhett Jackson,Professor of Hydrology, University of Georgia (Seminar Video)
January 23 & 24 - Dr. Walter Dodds, University Distinguished Professor in Biology, Kansas State University (Seminar Video)
January 26 & 27- Dr. Michael Nelson, Associate Professor of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy, Michigan State University (Seminar Video)
February 13 & 14 - Dr. Lucinda Johnson, Director and Senior Research Associate, Center for Water and the Environment, Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota (Seminar Video)
Andrews Forest Newsletter Fall 2011 Issue
The Fall 2011 issue of the Andrews Forest Newsletter is online at http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/lter/pubs/newsletter.cfm?topnav=170.
Highlights of this issue include stories about:
• Tall Trees and Topography
• Wireless Connections in the Forest
• an updated Andrews Forest Map
• research programs for undergraduates
We invite you to explore the newsletter to learn about the people and the projects that make the Andrews Forest special.
Lina DiGregorio (OSU),Fred Swanson (USFS PNW)
New Andrews Forest Map Now Available
The new, updated map for the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest is available online. Hard copies can be obtained at the Forest Science Lab in Corvallis or at the Andrews Forest Headquarters.
Andrews Forest 2011 LTER Symposium
The 2011 Andrews Forest LTER Symposium, held April 18-19, featured presentations and posters that highlighted research, management, and education programs. Download the agenda and poster abstracts at: http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/lter/pubs/annlsymp/annsymp.cfm?year=12&topnav=43
The Spring 2011 issue of the Andrews Forest Newsletter
The Spring 2001 issue of the Andrews Forest Newsletter is now on-line at http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/pub/newsletter.cfm?topnav=170 .
Highlights of this issue include stories about:
- Long-term stream chemistry records
- Perspectives and artwork from visiting scholars
- Linking land managers and researchers
- and "the Hidden Forest" book about the Andrews Forest
We invite you to explore the newsletter to learn about the people and the projects that make the Andrews Forest special.
Happy Reading! Lina DiGregorio (OSU) and Fred Swanson (USFS PNW)
Canopy Connections brings students into the canopy of the old-growth forest. Under the guidance of professional tree climbers, students ascend several stories into an old-growth canopy using specialized climbing gear and rope. While settled in “treeboats” high up in the canopy, students engage in creative writing, art, science inquiry projects, and quiet observation time. The program is designed to provide a transformational experience and to help students appreciate the outdoor world as well as their own capabilities. In 2010, 185 middle and high school students participated in the Canopy Connections program at the Andrews Forest. Students climbed into the old-growth tree canopy, studied the characteristics of old growth forests, discovered medicinal and food plants, and learned about tree anatomy. Funding for the program is provided by donations to the Andrews Forest Fund. Additional donations would allow the program to continue in the future. Canopy Connections is a partnership between the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, the Environmental Leadership Program at the University of Oregon, and the Pacific Tree Climbing Institute.