CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State University has been ranked among the top three universities in the world in forestry and oceanography on the basis of the number of research articles published in top-tier scientific journals.
Oregon State was listed as No. 2 in forestry and No. 3 in oceanography. OSU also achieved No. 8 rankings in mycology and in marine and freshwater biology.
In a report by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), 365 universities on five continents were listed at least once in the top ten across 227 subject categories. Subjects ranged from acoustics to zoology and included a host of disciplines in the health sciences, engineering, natural resources, physical and social sciences and other fields.
“We are successfully competing on the international stage,” said Thomas Maness, dean of the College of Forestry. “The college has developed a global reputation for groundbreaking work in forest products and forest ecosystems. We attract students from around the world because our research focuses on things that matter for the environment and the economy.”
The college is building a new forest-science complex and wood products research center. Its Tallwood Design Institute focuses on new wood-based materials for high-rise and modular construction.
“Our researchers are leaders in understanding the ocean’s role in global change, and the processes that support healthy oceanic ecosystems on which society depends,” said Roberta Marinelli, dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.
“Oregon State’s global reputation rests with our internationally recognized faculty and our state-of-the-art research facilities that serve the nation. OSU’s accomplishments in oceanography are further strengthened by the Marine Studies Initiative, a university-wide commitment to include the human dimension — social, economic, humanistic — in the study of the marine realm.”
Through partnerships with marine technology companies, the fishing industry, seafood processors and state and federal agencies, Oregon State researchers tackle topics such as sustainable fishery management, ocean acidification, marine mammals and coastal hazards.
The only other Oregon university listed by the CWUR was the Oregon Health & Science University, which was ranked No. 6 in otorhinolaryngology, or ear, nose and throat medicine.
The Center for World University Rankings provides ranking and consulting services to universities and is located in the United Arab Emirates.