Pacific Northwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU)

U.S. Forest Service

Simon Kihia
Pacific Northwest Research Station
Vi Ta
Grants Management
PNW Research Station – SDO

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The USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station oversees forest and rangeland science programs in one of the most diverse regions in the United States. Established in 1925, the station has contributed decades of new knowledge to the rest of the world on complex forest ecosystems, from soil micro-organisms to urban greenspaces. We focus on the biological, physical, and socioeconomic aspects of terrestrial, aquatic, riparian, and urban systems in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska.

Our most consistent stakeholders include resource managers, policymakers, private industry, and nonprofit organizations. Through our research, we serve society. Knowledge of forests and the natural resources they provide touches the lives of millions of people, including city dwellers.

Whether it is information about the effects of wildfire on salmon habitat, the projected impacts of climate change on American Indian subsistence, or the benefits of urban forests, the science we produce helps people make informed decisions, craft effective policies, and participate in civic dialogue.

Key Education, Research, and Technical Assistance Needs


  • Ecological, geographical, and forestry research supporting dynamic approaches to understanding, monitoring, and stewarding terrestrial and coastal systems.
  • Sustained long-term monitoring of these systems and the development of novel technology and techniques to gain efficiencies and provide new knowledge.
  • Socioeconomic research aimed at ecosystem service valuation, community descriptions, and human interactions with these systems.
  • Investigations of the impacts of terrestrial and coastal systems on human health and well-being.

Technical Assistance and Education:

  • Continuing education opportunities (workshops, short courses, post-doc study)
  • Technical transfer and exchange of novel technologies, information and research approaches.
  • Partnerships in research, application, and communication of results.