May Nyman, a professor of inorganic chemistry at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon tells Mental Floss that carbon has an almost unbelievable range. “It makes up all life forms, and in the number of substances it makes, the fats, the sugars, there is a huge diversity,” she says.

OSU scientists use ‘global thermometer’ to track temperature extremes (KTVZ)

The satellite-based record of land surface maximum temperatures, scientists have found, provides a sensitive global thermometer that links bulk shifts in maximum temperatures with ecosystem change and human well-being. Those are among the conclusions reported in the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology by a team of scientists from Oregon State University, the University of Maryland, the University of Montana and the Pacific Northwest Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service.

With biomass energy, weighing forest restoration and carbon emissions (Arizona Daily Sun)

“You need time to pay the debt back, it doesn’t get paid back instantly,” said Mark Harmon, a professor emeritus at Oregon State University who works on the movement of carbon in and out of forests.