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

Forest experts: All signs point to a banner year for Pa.'s foliage display
September 15, 2017
The rainy summer in Pennsylvania has set the stage for what could be an awesome autumn foliage display.
More research needed on effects of maternal stress in wild animals
August 31, 2017
Prenatal exposure to maternal stress in animals can influence offspring characteristics and behaviors and there are an increasing number of ecological studies linking biomedical findings to natural systems, according to Michael Sheriff, assistant professor of mammalogy and ecology.
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.

Upcoming Events

Walk in Penn's Woods
When: October 1, 2017
Where: Walks across Pennsylvania
The Woods in Your Backyard
When: October 7, 2017
Where: Penn State Lehigh Valley, Center Valley, PA 18034
Maple Syrup: A Beginners Experience (Noon webinar)
When: October 10, 2017
Where: Online webinar
Maple Syrup: A Beginners Experience (Evening webinar)
When: October 10, 2017
Where: Online webinar
Conservation Easement Panel Discussion
When: October 12, 2017
Where: Dauphin County Extension Office, 1451 Peters Mountain Road, Dauphin