We provide extension education in plant pathology to Oregon growers and the general public. Learn more about our outreach and services below.
Providing the State of Oregon with extension education in plant pathology is a major service mission.
Our extension faculty include Cynthia Ocamb, Jay Pscheidt, and Melodie Putnam, who are based on campus. Luisa Santamaria, Ken Frost, and Jeremiah Dung are located at research stations throughout the State.
The OSU Herbarium directed by Aaron Liston, housed in Cordley Hall, is the largest and most active in Oregon, with worldwide collections of vascular plants, bryophytes, algae and fungi, providing public service through its identification and inquiry program. Melanie Link-Perez is the Herbarium Curator, and Joseph Spatafora is Curator of the Mycological Collection.
Natural History Discovery Days is a highly popular science field trip for about 2000 elementary and middle school students across much of western Oregon. Held at OSU twice each year, faculty and students from Botany and Plant Pathology join other OSU departments to produce and staff displays designed as a fun, educational experience.
Faculty and Students take part in Science Connections, a partnership between OSU and Portland Schools to enhance education in public schools by forging connections between working scientists and teachers and students in schools.
STEPs, a K-12 program funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and an Eisenhower grant is committed to using community scientists to help teachers provide a quality science education for all students. STEPs maintains a database of scientists, currently about 150 volunteers, including faculty from the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, who are eager to give presentations, arrange field trips, mentor individual students, and help teachers with classroom science activities.
Students from 8th-12th grade come to campus and explore the world of modern biology and learn how to examine the complexities of DNA. Through model-building, laboratory experiments and computer analyses – participants gain basic understanding of biology, genetics, biotechnology and bioinformatics.