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 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.
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.

Upcoming Events

Wood Pellet Plant Tour
When: August 11, 2017
Where: Meet to carpool at the Green County Fairgrounds, Building #10 parking lot at 12:30
How to Encourage Regeneration by Eliminating Undesirable Species
When: August 13, 2017
Where: Petrick Tree Farm, 171 Allard Drive, Roulette
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