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

Wood frogs research clarifies risks posed to animals by warming climate
August 19, 2017
As conditions warm, fish and wildlife living at the southern edge of their species' ranges are most at risk, according to Penn State researchers who led a major collaborative study of how wood frogs are being affected by climate change.
Pennsylvania snowshoe hares differ from those in Yukon
August 1, 2017
Snowshoe hares in Pennsylvania — at the southern end of the species' range — show adaptations in fur color and characteristics, behavior and metabolism, to enable them to survive in less wintry conditions than their far northern relatives, according to a team of researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Researchers working with sports venues to make them 'greener,' sustainable
July 11, 2017
Attaining the goal of sending no materials to landfills after sporting events -- instead composting some refuse left by crowds and recycling the rest -- is as much a challenge of changing the culture and behavior of the fans as it is developing new, biodegradable packaging and eating utensils, according to Judd Michael, professor in the departments of Ecosystem Science and Management and Agricultural and Biological Engineering.
Student receives grant for research into black bear impact on agriculture
July 8, 2017
Alec Baker has had a lifelong interest and passion for the outdoors and its inhabitants, especially black bears. This passion set the Clarion native on a path to enroll in the wildlife technology degree program at Penn State DuBois, and eventually led him to earn the Erickson Discovery Grant from Penn State's Office of Undergraduate Education.
Researchers studying impact of warming conditions on woodland salamanders
June 19, 2017
David Munoz, doctoral degree candidate in ecology, and Dr. David Miller, assistant professor of wildlife population ecology, are spearheading a four-year-old collaborative effort to assess the impact of a warming climate on the Eastern red-backed salamander, a creature that lives on or under the forest floor.

Upcoming Events

Regenerating Hardwood Forests for Timber and Wildlife
When: August 31, 2017
Where: Brookside Lumber, 12973 Sawmill Road, Allensville (Mifflin)
2017 Energy and Environmental Sustainability Laboratories (EESL) CHEESE AND WINE OPEN HOUSE
When: August 31, 2017
Where: Nittany Lion Inn, University Park
Forest Management for Wildlife and Hunting
When: September 8, 2017
Where: McCann Stewardship Forest
WOSA Picnic and Herbal Workshop
When: September 10, 2017
Where: Herr Property, Everett
Wild Edibles
When: September 10, 2017
Where: DCNR District #18, Weiser STate Forest Offies, 161 Weiser Lane, Aristes