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

The Secret Life of Bluebirds
February 12, 2018
A video developed by Wildlife and Fisheries Science graduate student Danielle Williams offers a behind-the-scenes and “inside-the-box” view of the secret and busy life of a nesting bluebird.
How Pipelines are Changing the Dynamics of PA Forests
February 8, 2018
Lillie Langlois, researcher and instructor, studied aerial images to map natural gas development in Lycoming County over a number of years. Langlois and her colleagues found that linear infrastructure like pipelines and roads had a bigger impact on carving up forests — and affecting the wildlife habitat within them — than the drilling well pads themselves.
Researchers and roommates head to national conference
February 5, 2018
Lauren Onofrio is a Biology major with a minor in Forest Ecosystems. She has worked under Laura Leites in the quantitative forest ecology lab since fall 2015 and plans to pursue an M.S. in Ecology with Dr. Leites in fall 2018.
Agroforestry systems may play vital role in mitigating climate change
February 1, 2018
Agroforestry could play an important role in mitigating climate change because it sequesters more atmospheric carbon in plant parts and soil than conventional farming, according to Penn State researchers.
Pa. deer, like mammals worldwide, move less in human-modified landscapes
January 26, 2018
In the big woods of Pennsylvania's Northern Tier, the home range of the average white-tailed deer is more than twice as large as that of a deer in urban or agricultural areas of the state. Penn State researcher Duane Diefenbach documented that phenomenon early on in his work, but it did not occur to him it might be representative of many different mammal species around the globe.

Upcoming Events

Tree Farm Inspector Certification Session
When: February 21, 2018
Where: Wyndham Gettysburg, 95 Presidential Circle, Gettysburg
Insects and Diseases Attacking Our Forests
When: February 27, 2018
Where: Derry Township Municipal Building, 73 Reserve Lane, Lewistown, 17044
Tree Farm Inspector Certification Training
When: February 28, 2018
Where: Forest Resources Building, Room 217, Penn State University Park
21st Annual Forestry and Wildlife Conference
When: March 10, 2018
Where: American Legion, 3721 US-220 Business, Bedford
Restoration of degraded forests (Noon webinar)
When: March 13, 2018
Where: Online webinar