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.

 

Explore some of the discoveries that OSU researchers have made that help us to understand forest biodiversity better.