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 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.
Decades-long American chestnut restoration efforts show progress
June 14, 2017
Sara Fitzsimmons, research technician in ecosystem science and management, and Kim Steiner, professor of forest biology, talk about the progress and challenges of restoring the American chestnut in Eastern forests.
Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit honored by U.S. Geological Survey
June 12, 2017
The Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has received the Excellence of Science Award from the U.S. Geological Survey.
Record 83 undergraduates receive 2017 Erickson Discovery Grants
June 12, 2017
Among the 219 students who applied, 83 from across Penn State’s campuses will each be awarded a $3,500 Erickson Discovery Grant for summer 2017. Included are —Alec Baker, WFS, "Timing and Impact of Habitat Type on Black Bear (Ursus Americanus) Corn Crop Damage," working with Ms. Keely Roen, instructor in wildlife technology — Jennifer Heppner, WFS, "Effects of Maternal Stress in Offspring Performance Speed in the Eastern Fence Lizard (Sceloporus undulatus),"working with Dr. Michael Sheriff, assistant professor of mammalogy and ecology — Richard Novak, WFS, "A Comparison of Macro-Invertebrate Communities Among Vernal Pools with Different Fire Histories," working with Dr. Margot Kaye, associate professor of forest ecology — Ana Turosky, ESOIL minor, "Does Glyphosate Affect Beneficial Soil Microbes?," working with Dr. Mary Ann Bruns, associate professor of soil science/microbial ecology.
Ag Sciences student completes prescribed fire experience at Fort Indiantown Gap
June 9, 2017
Francis Alvaré, a Penn State forest ecosystem management major with a minor in military studies, assisted the National Guard's forestry department in a series of prescribed fires on training facilities as part of an independent study program in the spring of 2017.

Upcoming Events

Golden-winged Warbler Workshop
When: June 24, 2017
Where: Boggess Property, Alum Bank
Best Practices for Woodland and Water Management
When: June 24, 2017
Where: Comes Educational Center, 9011 Route 46, Smethport
NCFLA Annual Picnic and Membership Meeting
When: July 8, 2017
Where: Cherry Springs Picnic Area Pavilion, Cherry Springs
Tree ID and Natural Regeneration
When: July 8, 2017
Where: Piantanida/Novendstern Tree Farm
Agroforestry Workshop
When: July 16, 2017
Where: Shade Mountain Winery, Middleburg