Virtual WFGRS 2021: Friday April 16th 

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

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

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

"Fire in the Sky" Photo Credit: Garrett Meigs

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

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

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

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

Class in the woods. Photo Credit: Skye Greenler

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beargrass grows in a forest opening on the Willamette 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

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.

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

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

Mountain hemlock dominated forest stand in the central 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WFGRS 2021 Keynote Speaker || Dr. Crystal Kolden

Dr. Crystal Kolden is a pyrogeographer in the Management of Complex Systems department at the University of California, Merced, and a former wildland firefighter. She holds a doctorate in Geography and served as a research scientist for both the US Forest Service in California and US Geological Survey in Alaska prior to her academic career. She conducts research on reducing vulnerability to wildfire disasters globally through improved understanding of coupled human-environment drivers. 

Keynote Address || Rethinking how we measure wildfires: putting the 2020 Fire Season in context

The 2020 fire season was characterized by both broken records and extreme events, consistent with recent trends in fire activity globally resulting from anthropogenic climate change. Globally, fires burned with greater intensity and longer duration across several fire-dominated regions, including in parts of the US. Notable fires also occurred in places where it is infrequent, surprising many. But was 2020 truly a wildfire disaster? Answering this question requires getting beyond the media hype and our illogical obsession with fire size. Here, I characterize the 2020 US fire season across a range of qualitative and quantitative attributes in order to characterize both the short-term and potential long-term impacts. I also suggest a theoretical framework for wildfire researchers seeking to change the culture of communication, disengage with disaster narratives, and improve scientific understanding of fire drivers and impacts.


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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