OSU Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences

OSU Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences Faculty and students in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences acquire, integrate, and disseminate knowledge about fish and wildlife at all levels of biological organization.
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Join the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences for a virtual event in Gather Town to celebrate th...
06/10/2021

Join the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences for a virtual event in Gather Town to celebrate the success of our students, faculty, and staff.

There will be an open house with interactive posters and videos. We will be announcing awards and scholarship winners, along with the names of our graduating class of 2021.

Friday, June 11, 2021
Virtual open house & lab tours: 3:30pm PST
Virtual ceremony: 4:30pm PST

Register here: fwcs.oregonstate.edu/fwvirtualgrads

Join the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences for a virtual event in Gather Town to celebrate the success of our students, faculty, and staff.

There will be an open house with interactive posters and videos. We will be announcing awards and scholarship winners, along with the names of our graduating class of 2021.

Friday, June 11, 2021
Virtual open house & lab tours: 3:30pm PST
Virtual ceremony: 4:30pm PST

Register here: fwcs.oregonstate.edu/fwvirtualgrads

Photos from College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University's post
05/20/2021

Photos from College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University's post

Our name has changed! We are updating our social media handles to reflect the change, but the content will stay the same...
04/26/2021

Our name has changed! We are updating our social media handles to reflect the change, but the content will stay the same. With this name change we emphasize our commitment to multi-disciplinary conservation science and education, shining a light on the work that we have been doing since our inception in 1935. Learn more about our name change at our website. fwcs.oregonstate.edu

Our name has changed! We are updating our social media handles to reflect the change, but the content will stay the same. With this name change we emphasize our commitment to multi-disciplinary conservation science and education, shining a light on the work that we have been doing since our inception in 1935. Learn more about our name change at our website. fwcs.oregonstate.edu

04/23/2021

Medicines from the Sea: Cancer Drugs to Everyday Products webinar and panel is coming up on May 12! Learn more about this event and register at beav.es/JvG

04/08/2021

Explore all the research and education happening at Hatfield! Visit 30 interactive displays organized into 6 themes: fisheries, ecology, marine mammals, ocean technology, aquatic animal health, and undergraduate opportunities. Choose your adventure! #hmscmarinescienceday

Let us know you’re coming! https://beav.es/marinescienceday21
Join the fun on April 10 at https://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/marine-science-day

04/05/2021

Thinking about taking some summer courses at Hatfield this year? Join an information session to learn about all the summer courses on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. Session 1 is 1:30-2:30 PM and session 2 is 5:00-6:00 PM. Register at beav.es/J9u.

Join us on Monday, April 5 at 10am PDT for a virtual tribute and remembrance event for Dr. David Noakes, fish expert and...
04/02/2021

Join us on Monday, April 5 at 10am PDT for a virtual tribute and remembrance event for Dr. David Noakes, fish expert and baker extraordinaire.

https://beav.es/oQV

Join us on Monday, April 5 at 10am PDT for a virtual tribute and remembrance event for Dr. David Noakes, fish expert and baker extraordinaire.

https://beav.es/oQV

Congratulations to Judith Li, one of our retired Associate Professors in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, who h...
03/23/2021

Congratulations to Judith Li, one of our retired Associate Professors in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, who has been announced as a 2021 fellow by the Society for Freshwater Science!

From the SFS press release: "These scientists have been recognized for game-changing contributions to our field. They have pushed the boundaries of freshwater science in research, teaching, policy, and management and have advanced our understanding in these areas. They have also built and supported networks of scientific collaboration, increasing the capacity and reach of our science. All of our work is stronger as a result of their contributions."

The Fellows will be formally recognized and will receive their medal during the Society for Freshwater Science’s annual meeting in a plenary session scheduled for Tuesday, May 25 from 12-1:30 p.m . More about the Fellows program and accolades of the 2021 class can be found at www.freshwater-science.org

Congratulations to Judith Li, one of our retired Associate Professors in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, who has been announced as a 2021 fellow by the Society for Freshwater Science!

From the SFS press release: "These scientists have been recognized for game-changing contributions to our field. They have pushed the boundaries of freshwater science in research, teaching, policy, and management and have advanced our understanding in these areas. They have also built and supported networks of scientific collaboration, increasing the capacity and reach of our science. All of our work is stronger as a result of their contributions."

The Fellows will be formally recognized and will receive their medal during the Society for Freshwater Science’s annual meeting in a plenary session scheduled for Tuesday, May 25 from 12-1:30 p.m . More about the Fellows program and accolades of the 2021 class can be found at www.freshwater-science.org

Timeline Photos
03/21/2021

Timeline Photos

OSU researchers are extracting particles from streams for eDNA analysis. There are mountains of information in those tiny scoops, helping them learn how threatened #salmon and trout adapt to a changing environment.

OPB Story 👉 https://beav.es/Jzj
photo-Bradley W. Parks
OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife U.S. Forest Service

Please join us TODAY at 4:00 PST as Dr. Michel Kohl will be presenting on the debate surrounding the cascading impacts o...
02/03/2021

Please join us TODAY at 4:00 PST as Dr. Michel Kohl will be presenting on the debate surrounding the cascading impacts of wolf reintroduction on the Yellowstone ecosystem and will highlight the original ideas behind these interactions, including the potential for a wolf-caused trophic cascade in Yellowstone, and provide some of the most up-to-date science challenging these original ideas.

Zoom link: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/95803535574

Following seminar please join us at 5:00 PST for a panel discussion (Same zoom link as seminar). Dr. Luke Painter and Dr. Robert Beschta will join Dr. Kohl for a discussion exploring the controversial views of the cascading impacts of wolf reintroduction on the Yellowstone ecosystem, and about the expected and unexpected impacts of these efforts if we are to continue moving conservation forward.

Please join us TODAY at 4:00 PST as Dr. Michel Kohl will be presenting on the debate surrounding the cascading impacts of wolf reintroduction on the Yellowstone ecosystem and will highlight the original ideas behind these interactions, including the potential for a wolf-caused trophic cascade in Yellowstone, and provide some of the most up-to-date science challenging these original ideas.

Zoom link: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/95803535574

Following seminar please join us at 5:00 PST for a panel discussion (Same zoom link as seminar). Dr. Luke Painter and Dr. Robert Beschta will join Dr. Kohl for a discussion exploring the controversial views of the cascading impacts of wolf reintroduction on the Yellowstone ecosystem, and about the expected and unexpected impacts of these efforts if we are to continue moving conservation forward.

If you love birds you won't want to miss this virtual symposium tomorrow. It's free and easy to register. Visit https://...
01/22/2021

If you love birds you won't want to miss this virtual symposium tomorrow. It's free and easy to register. Visit https://willamettevalleybirds.org/ to view the schedule and events and sign up for a day full of bird talks and a virtual encounter with Chintimini Wildlife Center's raptors.

This years symposium will have a large range of topics and and even larger range of birds. Stay tuned over the coming weeks for announcements on some of our presentation topics.

As always don't forget to register:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/willamette-valley-bird-symposium-2021-tickets-131249291163?fbclid=IwAR2ePiijt9rRXL5b62Bn-RrELxrM615qakEbv587C1WyPCwsSd-m9ZhpvPk

Great work, Marie!
12/13/2020

Great work, Marie!

Back in January 2020, Marie Tosa, a Wildlife Sciences Ph.D. student in the College of Agricultural Sciences, returned to Corvallis after roughly two and a half years of continuous field research. Her research was conducted in Oregon State University's HJ Andrews Experimental Forest, a 16 thousand-acre long term ecological research forest situated in Oregon's Western Cascades.

The Sept. 2020 Holiday Farm Fire burned 173,000 acres in this area, 400 of which were in the Andrews Forest. Marie explained that during this event, she was concerned first and foremost for the people and families impacted, but she was also worried even more of the forest she knows so well would burn.

Marie's interest in wildlife science began in high school when she helped with data collection on a project researching bats in urban and suburban environments. Today, her Ph.D. research focuses on the food web dynamics of dense, old-growth populated ecosystems. Marie is co-advised by Associate Professor Taal Levi and U.S. Forest Service researcher Damon Lesmeister.

Marie explained, her research in the Andrews Forest is two-tiered. The umbrella tier investigates the network of organisms that live in the iconic forests of the PNW. The second tier is a more in-depth study of the western spotted skunk. She said, "[The skunks] are an understudied carnivore in the system... a lot of my project was looking at what they eat, what eats them, where they live, and how does land use and logging influence their populations." Marie dispersed over 80 camera traps throughout the forest and used up to 10 radio collars at any given time. She captured 35 individual skunks and successfully baited these elusive animals with sardines. When asked about what impact the fire might have, she said, "Some of the areas that burned were key areas for western spotted skunks, so it may take them and other carnivores some time before they return. Some carnivores may capitalize on the regeneration and regrowth."

If you're interested in more details about Marie's research and more skunk photos, check out her blog at https://maasroite.wixsite.com/skunktales

College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University
11/21/2020

College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University

Students who are staying in town for Thanksgiving are invited to sign up to receive a FREE Thanksgiving dinner. 🍽️

Deadline for signing up is TUESDAY!

👉Sign Up: https://beav.es/oyW
👉Donate: https://itsonuscorvallis.org/

Bombs Away Cafe OSU Organic Growers Club It's On Us Corvallis

Oregon Sea Grant
11/03/2020
Oregon Sea Grant

Oregon Sea Grant

Have your ever heard a blue whale? How about a fin whale or a humpback whale? Selene Fregosi plays recordings of these sounds and others in this webinar from Oregon Sea Grant. Selene is a postdoc in the Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies, a partnership between Oregon State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

She talks about how she uses underwater microphones to record the sounds of whales and see where the animals are and how noise pollution may affect them. Selene received her master's and doctoral degrees from OSU in 2015 and 2020, respectively. She was in the OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in the College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University.

Marine Mammal Institute

Oregon Sea Grant
11/03/2020
Oregon Sea Grant

Oregon Sea Grant

Victoria Quennessen, a doctoral student in the College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University, loves sea turtles. And now she's researching them. In this webinar, she talks about how she plans to use computer simulations to see if the population of green sea turtles off Brazil can adapt to rising beach temperatures. Vic also explains how as a master's student in the OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, she coded computer models to predict how populations of certain fish off Oregon would react under various regulations.

The daughter of French immigrants, Vic also describes how as a first-generation college student she navigated the path to higher education. Earlier this year, the National Sea Grant College Program and the NOAA Fisheries Service awarded her a three-year fellowship in marine population and ecosystem dynamics.

Graduate School - Oregon State University

Tiffany Garcia and Taal Levi are working with the City of Corvallis to test the city's wastewater for the presence of CO...
10/29/2020

Tiffany Garcia and Taal Levi are working with the City of Corvallis to test the city's wastewater for the presence of COVID-19, bringing their techniques and expertise out of the lab. You can read more in the article below.

OSU researchers say the novel coronavirus is present in every region of Corvallis. They are helping to understand COVID-19 prevalence in wastewater.
OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife professors Taal Levi & Tiffany Garcia are a part of a group monitoring the wastewater system.

Story: https://beav.es/oaX

Take a break from emails and Zoom to scroll through our gallery of adorable FW pets! The FW Graduate Student Association...
10/29/2020

Take a break from emails and Zoom to scroll through our gallery of adorable FW pets! The FW Graduate Student Association wants you to vote on the 5 pets that you think are the absolute cutest in each section. Voting closes at midnight on 10/31, so get those votes in soon! You can vote at the following link: https://beav.es/oXA

This graceful beauty is Bear, who is not in the running but is a stunning representative of old lady cats everywhere.

Marine Mammal Institute
10/20/2020
Marine Mammal Institute

Marine Mammal Institute

Where are marine mammals in the Northern California Current? In this blog post, PhD student Dawn Barlow reflects on the recent NCC Ecosystem Survey. Check it out for stories from sea, maps, the strength of ecosystem-scale data collection, and more!

Are you an OSU student, faculty, or staff member in Corvallis, Newport, or Bend? You can enroll in the TRACE-COVID-19 pr...
10/20/2020

Are you an OSU student, faculty, or staff member in Corvallis, Newport, or Bend? You can enroll in the TRACE-COVID-19 project which is an easy way to get tested for COVID-19 while providing vital prevalence and infection data.

To learn more visit trace.oregonstate.edu/osu

#traceosu

Oregon State Ichthyology Collection
10/16/2020
Oregon State Ichthyology Collection

Oregon State Ichthyology Collection

Check out the 16:25 minute mark of yesterday's episode of Oregon Field Guide, featuring the ongoing restoration of Miller Lake Lamprey, the world's smallest parasitic lamprey, to its native lake. You can also see a few shots of our collection, including the first specimen of the species recovered after its presumed extinction. Kudos to Benjamin Clemens on the good press for his work!

Oregon Sea Grant
10/15/2020

Oregon Sea Grant

👏 Congratulations to Mee-ya Monnin on receiving a Robert E. Malouf marine studies scholarship from Oregon Sea Grant. Mee-ya is a master's student in fisheries science in the College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University. She is studying the feasibility of using photos and videos to monitor the quantity, types and sizes of bottom fish that recreational fishermen catch close to Oregon's shore. She plans to collaborate with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Mee-ya earned a bachelor's in fisheries and wildlife sciences in 2014 as an undergraduate in the Honors College - Oregon State University. During that time, she spent two seasons at McMurdo Station in Antarctica studying Weddell seals.

Learn about the Malouf scholarship at bit.ly/2I1dlWb.

Graduate School - Oregon State University, OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

Many thanks to OCEAN, the Oregon Coalition for Educating ANglers (https://oceaned.org/) for their generous scholarship e...
10/08/2020

Many thanks to OCEAN, the Oregon Coalition for Educating ANglers (https://oceaned.org/) for their generous scholarship endowment to support Fisheries and Wildlife Science undergraduates interested in in marine sport or commercial fishing. Two scholarships per year will be awarded to juniors or seniors with a 2.8 GPA or higher in Fisheries and Wildlife with an emphasis on Marine Fisheries or Marine Fishery Conservation.

The goal of this endowment is to support the future of healthy, sustainable, and productive marine fisheries. We are so pleased to receive this gift from an Oregon-based organization and support future fisheries scientists and managers!

Join us right now for the second lecture in the Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Seminar Series will be given...
10/02/2020

Join us right now for the second lecture in the Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Seminar Series will be given by Carl Zimmer. His talk is titled “Can science save us from Covid?”.

Carl is a New York Times columnist who has frequently covered Covid-19. He is also an award-winning author of 13 books about science. His perspective on the current pandemic will be fascinating.

You can log on to see the seminar on Zoom at: beav.es/eecb

What can ecology, evolution and conservation biology contribute to understanding global pandemics?That's the question we...
09/25/2020
Acclaimed author kicks off seminar on ecology, evolution and conservation biology of pandemics

What can ecology, evolution and conservation biology contribute to understanding global pandemics?

That's the question we're asking with this fall term virtual Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology Seminar Series.

Join us this afternoon at 3pm PST for a presentation and Q&A with David Quammen.

Zoom link: beav.es/eecb

View the lineup at our website: fw.oregonstate.edu/eecb

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CORVALLIS, Ore. – Science journalist David Quammen, author of 16 books including “Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic” in 2012, will give a virtual public presentation at 3 p.m. Friday to kick off the Oregon State University seminar series, “What can ecology, evolution a...

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From a FW Alum: Please help anyone who can! Of all the casualties of Covid-19, please let the Alaska Sea Life Center not be one of them!
ODFW is partnering with OSU and Ducks Unlimited to run a college duck hunting workshop this Saturday, January 11. We have a few slots still open! Iif anyone is intersted in lernign about the connection between hunting, conservation and fish and wildlife management. We will cover duck hunting tactics, shoot clays and share a warm BBQ lunch and group discussion. This workshop is designed for OSU students with little to zero hunting experience. To register or get more information, nplease contact me ASAP. Location: EE Wilson Wildlife Area Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020 Time: 8am - 5pm Cost: $20 Event Contact: Brandon Dyches (ODFW), [email protected], 971-707-0098
Anyone know what's killing the catfish below Fall Creek dam. There is a bunch of them dead. Just one hole has about 200 fish in it
Hello everyone! I am trying to sell my books for CH 130 and GEO 308. If you are interested please message me! Thanks!
Has anyone taken the summer session of Chem 122? I was wondering how difficult it was since it's only 4 weeks long.
I'm hiring 2 USGS technicians for an upcoming field season (Apr - July) to assist me with amphibian/eDNA research based out of Corvallis (fieldwork throughout OR & WA), in collaboration with Dr. Tiffany Garcia and USFS researchers. We are looking for upper-level students, or recent graduates (preferred) that may be interested. Please see the attached posting for more info.
Anyone interested in bat surveys in the Wyoming?
I have some background in drawing, but I am looking for tips from any of my wildlife biologists in how to get better at wildlife sketching for my field journals. Is there a particular course, or book or video tutorials that you have used to become faster at sketching. I have taken a couple of courses in it, and have a few books in the matter, but I feel like I should be faster when I'm on the field. In the past, I would draw off of pictures I took in the field or while hiking.
Fisheries & Wildlife Students, If you are interested in a wonderful volunteer opportunity, check out the Linn Benton Salmon Watch Program! Salmon Watch is an experiential field trip program led by the Calapooia Watershed Council, Benton Soil & Water Conservation District, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Siuslaw National Forest, South Santiam Watershed Council and local teachers. We are currently in need of volunteers to lead field stations at our field trips this fall. Stations include Salmon Biology, Aquatic Macroinvertebrates, Riparian Ecology & Water Quality. Sign up for one of our upcoming volunteer trainings at http://www.lbsw.org/volunteer/.
I went to the Neosho National Fish Hatchery in Neosho, MO today and was super amused by the viewing bubble UNDER the aquarium in the visitor's center. The Pallid Sturgeon gets super close at the end and does a trick!
Found this little gem while browsing through YouTube.
Hey everyone, I've been trying hard to find people who hold a Professional Wetland Scientist certification through the Society for Wetland Professionals to act as references for me to obtain my Wetland Professional in training certification, but have not had any luck yet. Does anyone here hold a PWS or know someone who does (and would be willing to act as a reference for me)? Thanks! Andrew