The restoration of Pennsylvania's river-otter population has been, by all accounts, a great success, and a study being conducted Wildlife and Fisheries Science graduate student Nick Forman and David Walter, adjunct assistant professor of wildlife ecology, will soon quantify the accomplishment by yielding population information.
The conversion to wood-powered burners would make the most sense for larger commercial and industrial operations in areas that have access to large timber resources and a friendly regulatory environment, said Charles Ray, associate professor of wood products operations at Penn State.
"We need a large number of trained volunteers who are willing to provide basic education about the proper construction, testing and maintenance of private drinking-water supplies," said Bryan Swistock, extension water resources specialist.
W F S undergraduate student Torin Miller is a one of four partners in Ruffed Outdoors, a new, student-run business venture that in early November launched a crowd-sourcing financing campaign on Kickstarter.com. On the campaign’s second day, 29 backers had pledged $2,880 toward the company’s $15,000 goal.
Duane Diefenbach, adjunct professor of wildlife ecology and leader of the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit based at Penn State, received the Caesar Kleberg Award for Excellence in Applied Wildlife Research during The Wildlife Society's recent annual conference in Milwaukee.
Despite continuing development, urban sprawl and changing land use, Pennsylvania's forest area has remained stable in recent decades, according to James Finley, Ibberson Professor of Forest Resources Management
"The team’s commitment to furthering the soil science profession and soil science at Penn State is something they can be very proud of. Students in the ERM soil science option have 100% job placement over the last 5 years" said Coach Patrick Drohan, associate professor of pedology.
What level of fall wild turkey harvest by hunters causes population declines? That's what lead researcher Duane Diefenbach, adjunct professor of wildlife ecology, and others are learning midway through a five-year study of the birds.
SAF Student Chapter has hats, hooded sweatshirts, and short- and long-sleeve T-shirts on sale. Orders and payment are due by November 6, 2013.
Matthew Hurteau, assistant professor of forest resources, explains how warming temperatures, prolonged drought, and a century’s worth of fire suppression policy are “priming the system to make it more flammable.”
"We are very good at rearing fish, but we're really not very good at releasing those animals in the wild such that they survive," said Victoria Braithwaite, professor of fisheries and biology.
After studying wildfire in a year-long independent research project, Brian Crooks last summer journeyed to the West for the first time to see the effects up close in the Sierra National Forest. The senior forest science major saw his textbooks come to life on the trip.
Forest fragmentation caused by drilling infrastructure is measurable, and may alter bird communities. "Some species -- robins and chipping sparrows -- are attracted to forest edges. Others -- scarlet tanagers, for example -- require a more dense forest to breed," says Penn State graduate student Lillie Langlois. "Pennsylvania is very important for a lot of migratory neo-tropical birds coming from Central and South America that depend on large tracts of forest for breeding."
Jatropha currently grows best in tropical countries and is already being cultivated as a biofuel on a small scale in India, Southeast Asia and Africa. "It is thought that Jatropha's future lies in further improvement of Jatropha for large-scale production on marginal, non-food croplands through breeding and/or biotechnology," said John E. Carlson, professor of molecular genetics
Capping decades of research, two groups of plant breeders and geneticists appear to have arrived independently within reach of the same arboreal holy grail: creating an American chestnut tree that can, at long last, withstand the devastating fungus blight that wiped the trees out by the billions in the first half of the 20th century.
Matt Hurteau, assistant professor of forest resources, leads the Earth Systems Ecology Lab, which includes a team of both undergraduate and graduate researchers and postdoctoral scholars. The two main undertakings of the lab are forest-based climate change mitigation and adaptation.
She may not have her own show on the Discovery Channel, but Wildlife and Fisheries Science student Blanca Lopez de Juan Abad is doing her part to save wild animals. The Caracas, Venezuela, native interned last year at the Valerie H. Schindler Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Asheboro, N.C.
Sarah Tzilkowski earned her master’s degree in Forest Resources in May 2013 after completion of a project that started with the help of Ray Bryant and Anthony Buda of the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service and collaborators at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
Over the next several year, working collaboratively with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Duane Diefenbach, adjunct professor of wildlife ecology and leader of the U.S. Geological Survey's Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Penn State, and Marc McDill, associate professor of forest management, will study multiple factors affecting forest regeneration in Pennsylvania.
The Penn State Woodsmen Team has received $1,000 from the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association to help pay for the team’s equipment and travel to future competitions.