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Faculty

Faculty within the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences conduct research on Pennsylvania’s forests, wildlife and fisheries, soils, and watersheds. Our research scientists work together in an inter-disciplinary approach to create new knowledge and provide students with a scientific foundation for professional careers managing these natural resources.
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  • Nancy and John Steimer Professor of Agricultural Sciences
  • Professor of Forest Ecology and Physiology


814-865-4901

Areas of Expertise:
  • Global change ecology
  • Senior Lecturer and Research Associate
  • Wildlife Ecology and Conservation


Areas of Expertise:
  • Invasion Ecology
  • Population Genetics
  • Wildlife Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Conservation Biology
  • Associate Professor of Water Resources
  • Director, Pennsylvania Water Resources Research Center
  • Assistant Director, Institutes of Energy & the Environment


814-865-8830

  • Professor of Fisheries and Biology


814-865-4675

  • Professor of Wildlife Resources
  • Extension Wildlife Specialist


814-863-8442

Areas of Expertise:
  • Avian ecology
  • Effects of shale gas development on forests and birds
  • forest songbirds
  • Human impacts on bird population
  • Wildlife habitat management on private lands
  • Landscaping for birds and wildlife
  • Associate Professor of Soil Microbiology and Biogeochemistry


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Areas of Expertise:
  • Soil microbiology
  • Nitrogen cycle
  • Soil quality
  • Ecological restoration
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Faculty Instructor, Ecosystem Science and Management Department
  • and
  • Plant Science Program Director, Shaver's Creek Environmental Center


814-863-2000

Areas of Expertise:
  • Field botany and plant identification
  • Plant husbandry and horticulture
  • Wild plant conservation, management and policy
  • Agroforestry practices and applications in temperate ecosystems
  • Economic botany and ethnobotany
  • Non-timber forest products
  • Invasive plant identification, ecology and management
  • Professor of Molecular Genetics
  • Director of The Schatz Center for Tree Molecular Genetics


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Areas of Expertise:
  • Genomics
  • Conservation Genetics
  • Renewable Energy
  • Biotechnology
  • Associate Professor of Soil Science and Environmental Information Systems


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  • Adjunct Professor of Wildlife Ecology
  • Leader, PA Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit


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Areas of Expertise:
  • biometrics
  • white-tailed deer
  • harvest management
  • population estimation
  • Associate Professor of Pedology


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Areas of Expertise:
  • Soil Science
  • Watershed Management
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Maurice K. Goddard Chair in Forestry and Environmental Resource Conservation


814-867-4384

  • Assistant Professor of Hydrology


814-865-7554

Areas of Expertise:
  • Hydrology
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Terrain Analysis
  • Water Quality
  • Watershed Management
  • Professor of Woody Plant Physiology
  • Chair of Ecology Intercollege Graduate Degree Program


814-863-3371

Areas of Expertise:
  • Root biology and ecology
  • Mycorrhizal ecology
  • Plant Physiological Ecology
  • Plant Ecology
  • Global Change Biology
  • Belowground Ecology
  • Fruit tree physiology
  • Professor
  • Ibberson Chair in Urban and Community Forestry
  • Extension Specialist, Community and Urban Forestry


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  • Associate Professor of Fisheries Management
  • Associate Director of Academic Programs


814-863-2095

  • Professor of Forest Resources
  • Chair of Forest Ecosystem Management Program
  • Extension Specialist


814-865-3994

Areas of Expertise:
  • Bioenergy
  • Agroforestry
  • Forest Economics and Finance
  • International Forestry
  • Forest Extension
  • Non Timber Forest Products
  • Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry


814-863-1614

Areas of Expertise:
  • Ecosystem ecology
  • Nitrogen cycle
  • Carbon cycle
  • Forest ecosystems
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Associate Professor of Forest Ecology


814-865-4841

Areas of Expertise:
  • Global change ecology
  • Forest ecology
  • Dendrochronology
  • Community ecology
  • Distinguished Professor of Clay Mineralogy


814-865-1542

Areas of Expertise:
  • Materials from plants and plant by-products
  • Use of clays for remediation;Slow release fertilizers with minerals
  • Assistant Professor of Quantitative Forest Ecology


814-865-4244

  • Professor of Hydropedology/Soil Hydrology


814-865-6726

Areas of Expertise:
  • Hydropedology, Soil Physics, Hydrology, Pedology
  • Critical Zone Science, Ecosystem Science, Complexity Science
  • Geospatial and Environmental Modeling, Scientific Visualization
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Wildlife Conservation
  • National Park Service
  • Eastern Rivers and Mountains Network Program Manager


814-863-0134

  • Associate Professor of Forest Management


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  • Head and Professor, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management


814-863-7093

Areas of Expertise:
  • Silviculture
  • Forest Ecology
  • Forest Soils
  • Professor of Sustainable Enterprises


814-863-2976

  • Assistant Professor of Wildlife Population Ecology


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  • Professor of Geography


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Areas of Expertise:
  • remote sensing
  • GIS
  • soils
  • geomorphology
  • land change
  • Forest Stewardship Program Associate


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Areas of Expertise:
  • Forest stewardship
  • Private forest landowners
  • Woodland care
  • Collaborative learning
  • Action research
  • Peer-to-peer education
  • Research Associate
  • Forest Community and Disturbance Ecology


814-234-2898

  • Associate Professor, Ecosystem Science and Management


814-865-0679

Areas of Expertise:
  • Natural Resources Systems Analysis
  • Forest Products Economics
  • Wood Industry Operations Research
  • Wood Identification and Taxonomy
  • Instructor and Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs and Alumni Relations


814-863-0362

  • Assistant Professor, Mammalogy and Ecology


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  • Senior Lecturer in Forest Resources and Extension Education
  • Natural Resources & Youth Extension Specialist


814-865-4261

Areas of Expertise:
  • Youth and Natural Resources Education
  • Forest Stewardship
  • Natural Resources Volunteerism
  • Private Forestland Management
  • Connecting Youth with Nature
  • Forest Dendrology and Botany
  • Distinguished Professor of Ichthyology


814-863-0645

  • Professor of Environmental Soil Science


814-863-7640

Areas of Expertise:
  • Composting and compost utilization
  • Mined land reclamation
  • Restoration of degraded soils
  • Biomass crop production
  • Professor of Forest Biology
  • Director of The Arboretum at Penn State


814-865-9351

  • Adjunct Professor of Fisheries Ecology
  • Assistant Unit Leader, PA Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit


814-865-6592

Areas of Expertise:
  • Fisheries ecology
  • Hierarchical modeling
  • Macrosystems ecology
  • Ecological stressors
  • Species of management concern
  • Monitoring and assessment
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology
  • Assistant Unit Leader,
  • PA Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit


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Areas of Expertise:
  • Applied Spatial Ecology
  • Disease Epidemiology
  • Stable Isotope Ecology
  • Professor of Soil Science / Soil Physics
  • Graduate Coordinator


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  • Associate Professor of Silviculture


814-865-4574

Areas of Expertise:
  • Forestry
  • Silviculture
  • Forest ecology
  • Disturbance ecology