The Pacific Northwest expresses an unmatched grandeur. Persistent lava flows carved and shaped Oregon’s coastline, creating steep basalt cliffs and etherial sea stacks. Old growth forests stand tall as giants in the Coastal Range, preserving ecological rarities. Continuous and violent volcanic eruptions form the Cascade Mountains to the East, boasting magnificent peaks. Adventure awaits!
Though we conduct research around the globe, Colwell Geomicrobiology Lab is right at home in the Willamette Valley of Oregon where our backyard is a biogeochemical playground. Join us here to take part in our weekend adventures.
Dr. Rick Colwell points out Saturn, just North of Mt. Jefferson in the Cascade Range.
Romping through Netarts Bay, Oregon to collect cores
North Creek in Siuslaw National Forest near Lincoln City, Oregon
Iron floc and manganese patina in Waldport, Oregon
Biking on the Oregon Coast surrounded by basalt sea stacks
Successful wild chanterelle harvest from Oregon’s Coast Range!
Summer hike on Iron Mountain near Jefferson Wilderness, Western Cascades
Hike to the summit of Smith Rock in Terrebonne, Eastern Oregon
Home-grown heirloom tomato ripening in the Willamette Valley