Ecosystem Workforce Program


Ecosystem Workforce Program


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The Ecosystem Workforce Program (EWP) is an applied social science research and extension program built on the fundamental belief that ecology, economy, and governance are interconnected.

EWP is a joint program of IROCE at the University of Oregon and the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. This unique partnership allows Oregon’s two leading universities to collectively contribute to natural resource governance that fosters prosperity and sustainability.

Together, we apply scientific expertise and leadership to produce better outcomes for land and people.

News and Publications

Read the latest news, updates, and publications from EWP.

Michael Coughlan, research professor in IROCE, discusses a collaborative research project examining traditional forest management practices.

Indigenous fire stewardship for fire management and ecological restoration in the Pacific Northwest Coughlan, Michael R.; Serio, Naomi; Loeb, Harper; Lewis, David G. (David Gene), 1965-; Thompson, Sally Indigenous fire stewardship (IFS) plays a critical role in the maintenance of North American forest resilience. This synthesis reviews literature on IFS in the PNW as represented in scholarly peer reviewed publications. We also conducted a systematic search of the internet to identify informational resources, networks, and organizations engaged with IFS in the PNW.

Wildfire smoke and athletic events : understanding public concerns, experiences, and preparedness Coughlan, Michael R.; Serio, Naomi; Huber-Stearns, Heidi; Clark, Benjamin Y., 1977-; Smith, Hollie M., 1986- The increasingly longer and more severe wildfire smoke events in the Pacific Northwest are likely to occur during outdoor athletic events. We investigated wildfire smoke concerns, air quality communication preferences, and protective action behaviors among sporting event attendees through a survey created by our interdisciplinary research team from the UO.

More News and Publications

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Student Experience

Students from departments across UO work with EWP faculty to assist with EWP research, collaborative project coordination, web design and maintenance, and general office support.

We provide UO graduate and undergraduate students with experiential education through work study employment, paid and unpaid internships, independent study, and graduate employment (GE positions). These opportunities advance students' understanding and technical skills through participation in real projects. Available opportunities vary with projects.

Students interested in working with EWP on research projects should first visit our current projects page to better understand our research topic areas.  


Meet The Team

Heidi Huber-Stearns

Associate Research Professor
Director, EWP

Michael Coughlan

Assistant Research Professor
Associate Director, EWP

Cass Moseley

Research Professor
Senior Policy Advisor, EWP

Anna Santo

Research Assistant

Naomi Serio

Faculty Researcher

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