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

Penn State graduate student turns bird-watching passion into research for ecology's master program
April 26, 2017
David Miller, associate professor of wildlife population ecology, and his master's degree advisee, Matt Toenies, talk about Toenies' research on how hemlock decline is affecting bird species.
Cover crops may be used to mitigate and adapt to climate change
April 21, 2017
Climate-change mitigation and adaptation may be additional, important ecosystem services provided by cover crops, said Jason Kaye, professor of soil biogeochemistry in the College of Agricultural Sciences. He suggested that the climate-change mitigation potential of cover crops is significant, comparable to other practices, such as no-till.
Shale gas threat to forests can be eased by consolidating infrastructure
April 21, 2017
Fragmentation of ecologically important core forests within the northern Appalachians — driven by pipeline and access road construction — is the major threat posed by shale-gas development, according to researchers, who recommend a change in infrastructure-siting policies to head off loss of this critical habitat.
What's to blame for the surge in Lyme disease?
April 12, 2017
Marc Abrams, professor of forest ecology and physiology, explains the role that acorns and other mast play in boosting populations of deer and mice, the most common hosts for the ticks that carry Lyme disease.

Upcoming Events

Habitat Tour
When: April 30, 2017
Where: Sinnemahoning State Park
Plant Identification Walk
When: May 6, 2017
Where: Kerper Tract, Buchanan State Forest
Raising Wild Kids (Noon webinar)
When: May 9, 2017
Where: Online webinar
Raising Wild Kids (Evening Webinar)
When: May 9, 2017
Where: Online Webinar
Tour of the West Virginia Botanical Garden
When: May 10, 2017
Where: Welcome Center, West Virginia Botanical Gardens