Oregon State University scientists, students and alumni have been engaged in the Klamath Basin for decades. Their work is now contributing to our understanding of the largest dam removal and salmon restoration project in history. Underway since late 2023, the project's aim is to restore the ecology and connectivity of an entire region. But the process has been complex and drawn diverse responses and perspectives. Deep research adds to our understanding of dynamic social, ecological and engineering problems.

Take a deep dive into stories of research and resilience as we look behind the scenes of this massive transformation.

The removal of four dams from the Klamath River was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to capture the interplay of science, engineering, and culture. Desirée Tullos, professor of water resources engineering at Oregon State University assembled a collaborative team that unites Western science and traditional ecological knowledge of Indigenous people.

Unrestricted Flow

This short film follows OSU faculty members Desirée Tullos and Bryan Tilt as they lead a class of river engineering students down the Klamath River just prior to the dam removal. These students were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gain hands-on experience in an ecosystem just as it was about to undergo a massive change. 

Mark Bransom

Both an alum and former faculty member of OSU, Mark Bransom earned his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1997. Now he's spending his career capstone project as CEO of the Klamath River Renewal Corp., a Berkeley, California-based company managing the biggest dam-removal project in U.S. history. He shares how his education guides his work in this short video.

When Art Meets Science

Jerri Bartholomew is a research scientist and an artist. This video explores how her artwork searches for the intersection between the two disciplines and how they inform each other. Through her dual paths of inquiry, Jerri tackles the understanding and meaning behind the largest dam removal in history.