Conservationists join rush to Mars

April 1, 2015 The Martian landscape has some new protectors. Conservation biologists from the International Association of Land Trusts (IALT) have laid claim to large sections of the red planet’s surface and underlying mineral deposits. Their goal is to protect the most sensitive regions of Mars before humans colonize it. As the US and other […]

Invasive species gene identified

April 1, 2015 Scientists on the hunt for a genetic link between all invasive plants and animals have made a major discovery. All invasive species appear to share a common gene. In a paper published today in Nature Genomics, geneticists from seven prominent universities in four countries document the presence of a gene present in […]

IAE Open House Thursday May 7th, 2015

Join IAE as we celebrate our 16th anniversary along with Natural Areas Celebration Week! Come learn about our exciting restoration, research and ecological education projects.  – Attend Short Informative Talks & Movies – Win Door Prizes – Refreshments & Snacks Provided – Take Native Plants and Seeds Home – Meet IAE Staff and Board of Directors Office Location: Institute for Applied […]

Natural Areas Celebration Week 2015

Join the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition for the sixth annual Natural Areas Celebration Week May 2-10, 2015 This week long event gives the community a chance to explore the wide open spaces, recreation areas, and environmental communities that make our valley so amazing. The Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) staff will be leading the following adventures and activities: Please […]

Blue carbon and climate change

Estuaries have the capability to sequester carbon, which helps reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere… but how much carbon they trap is unknown in the Pacific Northwest.  The Estuary Technical Group, along with folks from Oregon State University and Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce (CREST), went to Astoria to try and answer this question.  […]

IAE Multi-day Volunteer Expedition-Illinois Valley, Oregon

Posted: 3/4/2015 Join us for a multi-day service and learning trip to southern Oregon’s serpentine country to monitor populations of the endangered Cook’s desert-parsley (Lomatium cookii) the week of 4/27-5/1/15 For more information click on the Volunteer Announcement!  

Women in Transition Making a Difference

“Giving back to nature and the community inspires me to want to do good things in my life and not use drugs.  I know I can now enjoy life sober and it feels great!” commented a participant enrolled in the “Young Women’s Transition Program (YWTP)” at Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility in Albany. These women […]

A goodbye to our crewmates, Tara and Emma

It’s official! The temperatures have plummeted and plants have senesced for the year, so the field season has come to a close. For the permanent staff here at IAE, one of the greatest (and hardest) parts of our job is getting to know, (and then say goodbye to) the phenomenal people that serve as our […]

Rubus bartonianus (Bartonberry)

Say hello to one of our newest species of interest here at IAE, Rubus bartonianus (Bartonberry, RUBA). This diminutive little berry is a member of the genus Rubus, which encompasses a wide variety of aggregate fruiting berries such as blackberries, raspberries, marionberries, and salmon berries (to name just a few). Rubus bartonianus grows exclusively on the […]

Umpqua green gentian likes it cold…

Frasera umpquaensis. Photo credit: Denise Giles-Johnson. Our field 2014 season slowly came to a close as the mercury rose and plants began to senesce. Luckily, we have managed to get a little relief from the heat as we studied Frasera umpquensis in the Cascade foothills near Cottage Grove, Oregon. Also known as the Umpqua green gentian, […]

Goodbye, Good Luck, and Good Riddance

As the field season comes to a close we say goodbye to our Conservation Research interns Amy and Suzanne. The Institute for Applied Ecology relies heavily on their interns during the summer to complete all their field work on time (before the plants senesce), as well as data entry, and greenhouse work. Our interns are […]

Let’s hear it for the birds

After the long hours of staring at the ground, it’s nice to give that neck a stretch and look up! In this weeks’ blog, I (Amy) want to give a shout out to those little flying machines that have been serenading us with sweet melodies during our long work days. American goldfinches perched near a field […]