Department of Ecosystem Science and Management

Offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in Soil Science, Forest Resources (forestry), Wood Products, and Wildlife and Fisheries Science.

Latest Ecosystem Science and Management News

Researchers expect new fish passage will help restore migratory fish populations
November 17, 2017
The addition of a nature-like fish passage to a Susquehanna River dam in Pennsylvania should allow migrating fish to more easily reach spawning grounds, according to Penn State researchers.
Oak trees play important role in hunting
November 15, 2017
Marc Abrams, Penn State professor of forest ecology and physiology, and Michael Scheibel of The Nature Conservancy charted mast years on New York’s Shelter Island between 2007 and 2011. They looked at white, red, black, scarlet and chestnut oaks and pignut hickory trees.
Use of glow sticks in traps greatly increases amphibian captures in study
November 8, 2017
With amphibian populations declining around the world and funds to find the causes scarce, a team of Penn State researchers has shown that an unorthodox tactic will make it easier and therefore less expensive to capture adult salamanders and frogs. Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-11-greatly-amphibian-captures.html#jCp
Elmendorf named Joseph E. Ibberson Chair in Urban and Community Forestry
October 31, 2017
William Elmendorf, professor and extension specialist in urban forestry, has been named the first holder of the Joseph E. Ibberson Chair in Urban and Community Forestry.
Harrisburg Patriot-News (via PennLive.com): The century-long quest to save the American chestnut may soon be over
October 25, 2017
This article, which quotes Professor of Forest Biology Kim Steiner, highlights Penn State's involvement in the effort to breed blight-resistant American chestnut trees. An embedded video features chestnut orchard manager Steve Hoy, research technologist in ecosystem science and management.