With nature’s resources in short supply, OSU has renewed its committment to researching sustainability and better policies regarding natural resources. Studying natural resources is not centered in one area, but shared across many of the university’s strongest departments and colleges. Below are some examples of OSU expertise in the natural resources.
Water experts aid National Geographic
OSUâ€™s international expertise in water management and conflict resolution is gaining interest from all over the world â€” most recently from one of the most prominent publications in the field, National Geographic magazine.Nathan Eidem, a Ph.D. student working with Aaron Wolf, professor of geosciences, manages the Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database at OSU. At the request of National Geographic editors, Eidem used the database to prepare water scarcity information for a new global water atlas. â€œWorking with National Geographic has always been a dream of mine,â€? Eidem says. â€œItâ€™s been a good experience working with Dr. Wolf to provide them with data for their forthcoming atlas, and this will help to increase public awareness of present and future water scarcity issues.â€? Eidemâ€™s doctoral project focuses on conflict and cooperation over fresh-water resources in the Colorado River Basin.
-From OSU President’s Report
Next-generation wood products
OSU scientists in the Oregon Wood Innovation Center are contributing
to Oregonâ€™s wood products industry by developing new high-strength wood products from fast-growing,
low-density wood such as poplar.
OSU to Offer Online Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Natural Resources
The 18-credit graduate certificate provides professionals working in the natural resources field a way to acquire additional education without leaving their jobs or relocating to the Corvallis campus. The cross-disciplinary curriculum is taught by instructors from forestry, sociology, economics, ecology, philosophy and fisheries and wildlife. In addition to course work, each student will conduct an independent project and work plan directed at solving a sustainability problem in the student’s own organization or region.