Virtual WFGRS 2021: Friday April 16th

Formations at 8000’ in the Canyon Creek burn, Malheur National Forest. Photo credit: Katie Nicolato

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

Four years after the Stouts Creek fire in southwest Oregon, shrubs and forbs dominate a patch burned at high severity (2019). Photo Credit: Graham Frank

OSU graduate student inspects a wetland heavily invaded with the annual grass, Ventenata dubia in the Blue Mountains. Photo Credit: Claire Tortorelli

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

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

Prescribed fire helps restore mixed conifer forests on the Fremont-Winema National Forest. Photo Credit: Skye Greenler

OSU forestry graduate students install vegetation plots in the Wallowa Mountains for the Global Observation and Research Initiative in Alpine Environments. Photo Credit: Katie Nicolato

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

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

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

Sampling trees in riparian restoration areas. Photo Credit: Lucie Law

"Fire in the Sky" Photo Credit: Garrett Meigs

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

Class in the woods. Photo Credit: Skye Greenler

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.

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

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

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

Early seral forest regenerating in a high severity patch of the Timbered Rock fire in the Umpqua National Forest (2018). Photo Credit: Graham Frank

Beargrass grows in a forest opening on the Willamette National Forest. Photo Credit: Skye Greenler

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

A mosaic of ecotypes in the Blue Mountains, where OSU researchers are studying fire behavior between and among ecosystems. Photo Credit: Claire Tortorelli

View of Strawberry Mountain from a woodpecker survey unit, Malheur National Forest. Photo Credit:Katie Nicolato

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

College of Forestry grad student presents her research. Photo Credit: Skye Greenler

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

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

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

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WFGRS 2021 is virtual!

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WFGRS 2021 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Crystal Kolden

Dr. Crystal Kolden is currently an Assistant Professor in the Management of Complex Systems Department at the University of California, Merced. She is a former wildland firefighter for the US Forest Service in California. She received her doctorate in Geography from Clark University and served as a research scientist for both USFS and US Geological Survey prior to her academic career. She conducts research across a broad spectrum of natural hazards topics at the human-environment nexus and seeks to reduce vulnerability to climate change disasters globally through a combination of applied science and outreach.


WFGRS 2021 Update

In place of the in-person symposium we are hosting virtual presentations through an online platform. Formal presentations will be scheduled for morning or afternoon blocks and poster presentations will be scheduled during a lunch block on April 16th 2021. Students will have the opportunity to give a formal 12 minute presentation of research results with 3 minutes of Q&A at the end, or present a virtual poster on a proposal or results in a 60 minute casual Q&A session allowing interaction with attendees. We will provide technical support for all presentations.

If you are an OSU student conducting research in forestry or a related topic and are interested in presenting, please submit an abstract no later than Friday March 12th 2021 and indicate which times you are available to present. If you have any questions, please reach out to .

What is WFGRS?

The annual Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium (WFGRS), hosted by Oregon State University’s College of Forestry graduate students, showcases current student research. The symposium promotes academic achievement by challenging students to present their research and receive peer feedback from a diverse student and faculty audience. The event facilitates engagement, enthusiasm, and collaboration between participants. Topics span ecology, forest management, forest products, human connections and the relationships between these subjects. WFGRS communicates research projects spanning all three departments of OSU’s College of Forestry: 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 is usually 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 March 12th 2021

The Organizers

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

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