Steven Strauss

Oregon State University, Distinguished Professor, Department of Forest Science

April 6, 2011

Saving Ethiopia's forests

Margaret Lowman

photo of "church forest": Google Maps

Ethiopian Christian Orthodox clergy have long maintained small forests, some of the last in the country, around their churches as symbols of the Garden of Eden. In recent years, they have unintentionally threatened the forests by using trees in them for firewood and building materials. Meg Lowman (2006) is partnering with Ethiopian clergy to help local communities sustainably support their "church forests" not just as symbols but also as an essential part of their local ecosystems.

May 8, 2009

Role of warmer temperatures in tree die-offs explored

David Breshears

Rising temperatures may make trees more susceptible to drought, David Breshears (2009) and his colleagues have found through a series of experiments in the Arizona desert.  Hear David’s interview on NPR’s All Things Considered about his work.