Lab News

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.

Audubon Magazine chronicles the OMMP

The Oregon Marbled Murrelet Project just got chronicled in the fall issue of Audubon magazine! Writer Juliet Grable did a fantastic job weaving a story that focuses on the challenges of working with this threatened species that nicely complimented outstanding images from Newport, OR area photographer Jaymi Heimbuch. Check out the story here.

Welcome to 4 new FAEL members

We have 4 new people joining the FAEL: Marie-Sophie Garcia-Heras is a new postdoc working on Marbled Murrelets, Rachel Zitomer is an incoming M.S. student focused on pollinators and forest management, Nicole Bell is an Honors College student examining pollen use by bees in burned areas, and Kendra Del Toro is an URSA Engage undergraduate awardee who is quantifying bee survival relative to wildfire severity. Welcome all!

Jim and colleagues get $1M grant to study pollinator health

Jim and colleagues received a $1M grant to study the health of pollinators inhabitating intensively managed conifer forests. This work is funded by USDA-NIFA and will allow for the first comprehensive examination of the key pollinator groups in managed conifer forests of the Pacific Northwest. See the official OSU press release here.

Jim gets funding for new Black-backed Woodpecker study

Jim received funding from the College of Forestry to initate a study of the breeding ecology of the Black-backed Woodpecker in burned and unburned forests of southern Oregon. For reasons currently unknown, this species uses unburned forest for nesting in Oregon, a pattern that differs from other parts of its range in the western U.S. This work is being undertaken with co-PI Jake Verschuyl at NCASI and will get started in late spring 2018.