56605 Sitka Drive
Otis, OR 97368
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A residency offered to those whose work focuses on environmental, conservation or ecological concerns.
Application deadline:
April 15, 2024


In the face of global ecological concerns such as climate change, rising sea levels, deforestation, human overpopulation and species extinction, the mission of the Ecology Residency is to provide ecologists, environmental journalists, filmmakers, inventors, educators, architects and others working on the creative edge of these issues time and space to advance their work and amplify their impact. The Ecology Residency aims to foster a supportive environment for independent work and reflection, and to encourage creative problem solving, collaboration and innovation free from the constraints of academic and institutional settings.

Special attention will be given to projects that will directly benefit from proximity to the Oregon coast, the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area, the Salmon River Estuary and/or United States Forest Service Experimental Forest lands. Ecology-inspired and interdisciplinary collaborations will also be considered.

No laboratory or other equipment is provided, but scientists are invited to bring their own equipment if it can be accommodated. There is the possibility to partner with the Hatfield Marine Science Center as part of the Oregon State University's Marine Studies Initiative, and to tap into other academic, scientific and research resources in the region.

Past Ecology Resident Emily Jane Davis


Please include any combination of images, text, videos or other files or links representative of your most current and relevant work. Please include any combination of up to 2-4 images (if applicable) and up to 2 writing samples of a maximum of 10 pages each. 


Howard L. McKee was an environmentalist, architect, urban planner and visionary with a deep concern for the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area and its environs. Howard's vision and commitment has influenced the Sitka Center's ecology programming for decades, and this residency is offered in his memory.


  • Richard N. Williams (ID) Fisheries Ecologist 2023
  • Larry Hufford (MT) Botanist 2022
  • Elizabeth Besozzi (OK) Landscape Ecologist 2021
  • Janet Morrison (NJ) Ecologist 2021
  • Emily Jane Davis (OR) Natural Resources 2021
  • Kurt Fausch (CO) Stream Ecologist 2021
  • Paul Bordeau (WA) Biologist 2021
  • Susan Waters (WA) Rare Species Ecologist, 2020
  • Catherine Craig (WA) Biologist and Social Innovator, 2019
  • Bruce Byers (VA) Ecologist, 2018
  • Dan Bottom (OR) Fisheries Biologist, 2017
  • Kevin McLean (CA) Ecologist, 2017
  • Linda Wiener (NM) Entomologist, 2016
  • Jerry Franklin (WA) Forest Ecologist, 2015
  • Peter Dalmazzo (Australia) Marine Biologist, 2015
  • Kirk Johnson (DC) Scientist & Sans Director of Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, 2013
  • Kurt Fausch (CO) Stream Ecologist, 2011
  • Robin Wall Kimmerer (NY) Author and Professor of Environmental and Forest Biology, 2010
  • Dawn Stetzel (IA) Ethnobotanist and Installation Artist, 2008
  • Ryan Burns (OR) Biodiscourse, 2007
  • Alexandra Chitty (IL) Biologist and Visual Artist, 2006
  • David Bayles (OR) River Restoration Scientist, 2005
  • Robert Deason (PA) Hydrologist, 2005
  • Jim Wescoat (IL) Geographer and Landscape Historian, 2005
  • Leah Bray (MS) Biologist, 2003
  • Bradford Matsen (WA) Writer/Natural Scientist, 2003
  • Robert Johnson (NC) Visual Artist and Botanist, 2001
  • Don Zobel (OR) Botanist and Plant Pathologist, 2001
  • Robert M. Pyle (WA) Lepidopterist, 1997
  • Weishu Hsu (China) Ecologist, 1992
  • Phillip Johnson (OR) Ecologist and Writer, 1992
  • Keith Brockie (Scotland) Visual Artist and Ornithologist, 1992
  • David J. Wagner (WI) Environmental Art Historian, 1989