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

Research focuses on reclaiming strip-mine sites for biofuel crop production
May 26, 2017
Rick Stehouwer, professor of environmental soil science, and John Carlson, professor of molecular genetics, collaborated with Marvin Hall Hall, professor of forage management in the Department of Plant Science, on a strip-mine reclamation research project.
Chronic wasting disease research with deer in Pennsylvania becomes more crucial
May 24, 2017
The recent announcement by the Pennsylvania Game Commission that it found 25 more wild deer with chronic wasting disease last year underlines the importance of studies being conducted by a team of researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Grant aimed at solving agricultural water issues through community engagement
May 19, 2017
A group of institutions led by Penn State has received nearly $2.2 million for the first year of a planned four-year, $5 million project aimed at developing a model for engaging communities and stakeholders to ensure adequate supplies of good-quality water both for and from agriculture. The project's management team includes Jack Watson, professor of soil physics and biogeochemistry.
American chestnut rescue will succeed, but slower than expected
May 16, 2017
The nearly century-old effort to employ selective breeding to rescue the American chestnut, which has been rendered functionally extinct by an introduced disease — Chestnut blight — eventually will succeed, but it will take longer than many people expect.
Ag Sciences graduate students win prestigious research fellowships
May 1, 2017
Ismaiel Szink, a doctoral student in the intercollege graduate degree program in ecology, will use his fellowship to support research on tree roots and their exudates, which are compounds released by roots into surrounding soil. "Ismaiel is examining how roots and associated mycorrhizal fungi can influence weathering at the Susquehanna-Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory," noted his adviser David Eissenstat, professor of woody plant physiology.

Upcoming Events

Pennsylvania Deer-Forest Study
When: June 9, 2017
Where: Coopers Gap Rd. Reedsville, PA, Rothrock State Forest
Habitat Conservation as Viewed by a Birder
When: June 11, 2017
Where: Dale/Engle/Walker Property, 1471 Strawbridge Road, Lewisburg (Union)
Forbes State Forest Field Trip and Skills Day
When: June 17, 2017
Where: Laughlintown office, Bureau of Forestry