The Forest Biodiversity Research Network is rooted at Oregon State University and conducts collaborative research throughout the world’s forest ecosystems to foster a global awareness of biodiversity, facilitate science-based solutions and support a sustainable future for both nature and society.

Why do we study forests? 

Forests collectively house most of Earth’s terrestrial biodiversity and supply vast quantities of ecosystem services, such as clean water, timber, erosion control, and carbon storage. However, population growth, increasing rates of per-capita consumption, forest loss/degradation, and climate change are driving unprecedented biodiversity losses and declines in ecosystem services.

One of the great challenges of the coming decades is to identify ways to provide for the needs of an increasing human population while reducing or eliminating pressure on forest biodiversity and ecosystem services.


Establish partnerships to inform and implement conservation efforts, management and policy and guide decision making with an ethic that values both human and ecological communities.

Foster research collaboration by providing a global forum for scientists to advance biodiversity research conducted within forest ecosystems

Raise awareness through public outreach and political advising about the need for science-based decision-making in forests and connect research with education, leadership, policy

Support innovative science by synthesizing and analyzing data and pioneering new methods.

we research

Endangered species

Endangered species

Forests and human well-being

Forests & human well-being

Forest ecology

Sustainable planning, management and governance in forest landscapes

Sustainable planning, management & governance