Western gall rust and dwarf mistletoe on lodgepoll pine in the Cascade Mountains, Oregon. Photo Credit: Joey Hulbert

Severe fire damage on the slopes up to Three Fingered Jack in the Central Cascades. Photo Credit: Garrett Meigs

Ponderosa pine catfaces from the Paulina Fire in Central Oregon. Photo Credit: Garrett Meigs

OSU campus sequoias dusted with snow, December 2013. Photo Credit: Lacey Jeroue

Three Sisters, Deschutes National Forest. Photo Credit: Michelle Agne

Willow recovery with the removal of cattle grazing. Photo credit: Jonathan Batchelor

Debarked logs on the processing chain to the primary breakdown bandsaw. Photo Credit: William Kirkham.

Kilns at a mill used for drying processed timber material before shipment. Photo credit: Joey Hulbert

Paulina Lake in June - one of the twin crater lakes in Newberry Crater, Central Oregon. Photo Credit: Joey Hulbert.

Snow covered Peavy Hall, home of the College of Forestry, December 2013. Photo Credit: Lacey Jeroue

Some of Crater Lake's six mile diameter expanse, as seen from a research boat trip in the national park. Photo Credit: Bess Perry

"Fire in the Sky" Photo Credit: Garrett Meigs

Ground based LiDAR scan of forest structure. Photo credit: Jonathan Batchelor

Regernation several years after a severe fire near Waldo Lake, Oregon. Photo Credit: Joey Hulbert

View from the top of Mount Howard in the Wallowa mountains of Eastern Oregon. Photo Credit: Bess Perry

Mountain hemlock dominated forest stand in the central Cascade Mountains, Oregon. Photo credit: Joey Hulbert

The aftermath of a mountain pine beetle epidemic on the East Side of the Cascades in Oregon - thousands of dead lodgepole pine trees. Photo Credit: Joey Hulbert.

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WFGRS 2020 Update

In place of the April 24 in-person symposium we are partnering with the College of Forestry Stay at Home Lecture Series to share student research remotely via 12 and 5 minute presentations through Zoom.

Presentations will be scheduled in several one-hour blocks during the week of April 27 and May 4. Students will have the opportunity to present research results in a 12-minute presentation or a 5-minute research introduction, both with 3 minutes for questions. Our intention with the 5-minute presentations is to give students who were planning to deliver a poster an opportunity present a brief introduction on who they are, what research they are planning, and why it is important. Please note these will be delivered in short, 3-5 slide PowerPoints not in a poster format. We will provide technical support for all presentations.

If you are an OSU student conducting research on a forest-related topic and are interested in presenting your research, please submit an abstract no later than Friday, April 10, 2020 and indicate which dates you are available to present. If you have already submitted an abstract for an oral presentation or poster at WFGRS 2020 in response to our original call for abstracts and would like to present your research remotely, please resubmit your abstract with your preferred date indicated. If you have any questions, reach out to or .

What is WFGRS?

The annual Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium (WFGRS), hosted by Oregon State University’s College of Forestry (CoF), showcases current graduate and undergraduate student research. The purpose of this 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. Topics stretch across the realm of forests including ecology, forest management, forest products, human uses, and interconnections between the two in forest settings. WFGRS works to communicate an array of research projects spanning all three departments of OSU’s CoF: Forest Ecosystems & Society, Forest Engineering, Resources & Management, and Wood Science & Engineering.

Want to Attend?

Participation and attendance is open to everyone. The one-day symposium will be held at Richardson/Peavy Hall, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331. Submit a feedback form for a poster or oral presentation by 5 PM on the day of the symposium, and be entered into a prize drawing!

Submit an Abstract

In order to present at the symposium, abstract submissions must be completed online by the end of the day on Friday, April 10, 2020

The Organizers

The event is organized entirely by College of Forestry graduate students. Click here to contact the organizers. The list of organizers can be found here.

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