The Oregon University System earlier this month approved a new graduate certificate in water conflict management and transformation at Oregon State University. The certificate would be the only one of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. "We’re hugely excited. This has been five years in the making," said Aaron Wolf, director of OSU’s water conflict management and transformation program. With water becoming scarcer across the globe, conflicts are arising, and OSU experts have helped mediate those. Training in conflict management would be specialized for students seeking to apply their skills in the United States or abroad. Wolf was the editor of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization water conflict training book, which will be used for the international component of the OSU program.
Robbie Lamb, a biology major pursuing an International Degree and marine biology option, has spent countless hours in the lab and the field, and he's written his
own grant proposals to get funding for research in the United States,
Ecuador, and the Bahamas. His international work with sustainable fisheries has earned him a Fulbright grant. In September, Lamb will use the grant to help build a marine reserve in Ecuador's Esmeraldas region—with fishermen's input.
OSU entomologist Chris Marshall had collected insects in a lot of
unusual places. But scrounging for a rare species of moth in the fur of
a three-toed sloth had to be the weirdest. It happened one black,
sweltering night in the unexplored rainforests of northern Guyana in
More than 9,000 miles away from home, OSU zoology alumna Laura Linn has found
her heart. It beats inside 46 cheetahs. "This is the ideal job for me," says
Linn, a 1997 graduate of Thurston High School. "I want to help animals, and I
want to study them in their natural habitat."
You know you're in a pretty remote area when the only people who ever tried to survey it on foot died of malaria. The rivers are filled with deadly electric eels and crocodile stew is a staple dinner dish. Never-before-discovered animal species are, well, all over the place.
Such was the trip to the Guyana Shield by a group of scientists from Oregon State University, the Smithsonian Institution, Conservation International, Guyana and others. They visited one of the world's most remote, pristine and truly remarkable terrains in the northern jungles of South America.
Traveling there by overloaded small plane, canoe and foot through steaming rain forests was anything but easy. But the end result is significant additions to both OSU's Arthropod Collection and the Center for the Study of Biological Diversity in Georgetown, Guyana.
"This trip was a huge success," said OSU entomologist Christopher Marshall, who oversees three million specimens in the university's collection, which researchers hope to build into one of the best in the nation. "Once mounted and identified, a task that will take several years, many specimens will be sent back to colleagues and collections in Guyana to help build their museums. But many will be retained at OSU to strengthen our holdings as well."