Lab News

Rachel and Mark are funded!

Rachel Zitomer and Mark Kerstens both received grant funding to support their graduate research. Rachel's award is from the American Museum of Natural History and is focused on evaluating the ecology of native pollinators in managed coniferous forest landscapes, whereas Mark received awards from the Association for Field Ornithologists, the Animal Behavior Society, and the Klamath Basin Audubon Society which will be used as part of his study examining how juvenile Black-backed Woodpeckers disperse in a burned-unburned forest mosaic. Well done!

The OMMP is on OPB

The Oregon Marbled Murrelet Project made its debut on Oregon Public Radio via an episode on Oregon Field Guide. The piece gives a great overview of the complexity of the project and the methodology that we are using to study this elusive species. You can see the episode here.

Jim wins research award

Jim received the Research Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters for his research contributions. This award is given annually in recognition of outstanding achievement in any branch of science leading to advancement in either the science or practice of forestry in Oregon. See the full write-up here.  

Rhea and Lucas join the lab

Rhea Selitto and Lucas Parvin have joined the FAEL this fall to start in on reserach projects related to wild native bees. Rhea is an undergraduate in the OSU Sure Science Program and will be working on a study that evaluates bee body size as a function of early seral forest characteristics. Lucas is the OSU University Honors College and will be undertaking thesis work to evaluate how visual attractants may enhance bee polliation. We are excited to have them both!

Rachel gets funded by the NWSA

Congrats to Rachel for receiving a research grant from the Northwest Scientific Association for her dissertation work studying bumble bee movement in managed conifer forests. Nice job!

Welcome to Dr. Valente

Dr. Jonathon Valente has joined the lab! Jonathon comes to us from the Smithsonian where he has been working on land sparing-land sharing work as it relates to biodiversity in coffee-growing regions. In the lab he will be undertaking work to examine drivers of spatial distribution and population dynamics in Marbled Murrelets as part of the Oregon Marbled Murrelet Project.

New positions available in FAEL

We have a number of new positions available in the Forest Animal Ecology Laboratory, including a M.S. position to quantify woodpecker vital rates in southern Oregn and seasonal field positions to study woodpeckers and pollinators. Position descriptions can be found under the "Join the lab" webpage.

We're moving to FERM!

The Forest Animal Ecology Lab will be moving over to the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management within the College of Forestry at OSU in September. We are excited about being a part of the FERM community and continuing to expand our research in managed forests.

Welcome to Jon and Ethan

The FAEL lab has added two more full-time members to work on the Oregon Marbled Murrelet Project; Jon Dachenhaus and Ethan Woodis. Both come with a wealth of experience in a variety of challening field settings and have spent a substantial amount of time on the project as seasonal technicians, making them ideally suited for the project. Welcome to you both!

The FAEL is hiring!

The Forest Animal Ecology Lab is hiring, with 26 positions available for field work in summer 2019. Details can be found on the Join the Lab page.