Penn State forest economist helping to propel African croton biofuel effort
February 20, 2017
Africa and agroforestry — defined as agriculture that incorporates the cultivation and conservation of trees — are in Penn State professor Michael Jacobson's blood, and the combination has helped shape his career. In turn, the forest economist has played an important role in launching a tree-based biofuel initiative that has major implications for the continent and its millions of subsistence farmers.
SciTech Now - Wood Collection
February 9, 2017
Long forgotten, a wood collection at Penn State is getting a second look. Chuck Ray, associate professor of wood products operations, is dedicating his time to organizing it and unlocking its secrets to help advance science.
David Eissenstat Elected ESA Fellow
February 8, 2017
David M. Eissenstat, professor of woody plant physiology, was elected Ecological Society of America fellow for major contributions towards understanding belowground processes and interactions among plants, microbes, environmental factors, and agricultural practices.
Stressed snakes strike first
January 4, 2017
Whether a wild cottonmouth snake will attempt to strike in an encounter depends on its baseline stress level, according to a team of scientists led by undergraduate researcher Mark Herr, who completed the Wildlife and Fisheries Science baccalaureate degree in 2016.
Research suggests climate change affecting plants above ground more than below
January 4, 2017
Shifts in plant-growth patterns have been widely reported in response to global warming, and it is well documented that warming generally advances aboveground plant growth, noted Laura Radville, a doctoral candidate in ecology advised by David Eissenstat, professor of woody plant physiology. But warming's influence on root phenology is unclear.