Penn State's “Living Filter” is a wastewater reuse system started as a research initiative in the 1960s. A recent study by graduate student Emily Woodward and colleagues at Penn State aimed to determine whether estrogen hormones in the wastewater used for irrigation were accumulating in the soil profile.
On Dec. 5, Penn State Mont Alto forestry students climbed a 135-foot yellow poplar on the Penn State Mont Alto campus in a 20-year annual exercise of forest technology instructor Craig Houghton’s arboriculture class.
"Other than Alaska, Pennsylvania is the only state in the nation that doesn't regulate its private water systems. With no regulatory framework to protect these water supplies, it can be a lot for someone just buying a house to manage. Extension has become one of the few unbiased, research-based resources to help meet the water needs of Pennsylvania's large, rural population," said Bryan Swistock, a Penn State Extension water resources educator.
Penn State is becoming quite the sustainable state. The University is making some major strides in sustainability through programs for staff, students and the community. Judd Michael, professor of sustainable enterprises, leads one of those programs.
Two years into a study of factors influencing forest regeneration in Pennsylvania, researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are offering never-before-seen insights into deer movement.
Forests in the Eastern United States remain in a state of "disequilibrium" stemming from the clear-cutting and large-scale burning that occurred in the late 1800s and early 1900s, contends Marc Abrams, professor of forest ecology and physiology.
If you have spent any time in the forests of Pennsylvania over the past six years, you’ve noticed many changes — mainly in the form of well pads, drilling rigs, traffic jams, and compressor stations all related to shale gas development in the Marcellus Shale. What you may not have noticed is the impact of this development on plant and animal species. Margaret C. Brittingham, Lillie A. Langlois, and Patrick J. Drohan are beginning to study and understand the impact.
Students in Michael Sheriff's Conservation Biology class in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will build and install bird and bat boxes to enhance wildlife habitat near a recently restored creek.
“From the beginning, the arboretum has been a destination for families who want to encourage their children to love and care for the natural world,” says Kim C. Steiner, director of the arboretum and professor of forest biology.
Penn State student Nancy Kammerer and seven other undergraduate students from throughout the United States made up the United States National Soil Judging Team that competed in Korea in June 2014 . Patrick Drohan, associate professor of pedology, coaches Penn State’s Soil Judging Team.
Recent Penn State alumna Mollie McGinnis dedicated six months following graduation to a project in Huay Pakoot, Thailand, working to bring elephants from tourist camps back into their natural habitats within their owners' communities.
If you catch a smallmouth bass in the Susquehanna or its tributaries, with a wire trailing from its underside, it is a participant in a study of fish movement related to wider research into the causes of fish diseases in the river system.
Contrary to recent well-publicized research, habitat loss, not insecticide use, continues to be the best explanation for the declines in grassland bird populations in the U.S. since the 1980s, according to a new study by ecologists.
Celine Colbert spent last summer in the West assisting with research that may help to prevent severe wildfires.
"We know that people are increasingly using smartphones and other mobile devices to access their information,” said Bryan Swistock, water resources extension specialist and a member of the team that helped to develop the app. "This app will allow private water system owners to diagnose problems while they are actually looking at their water supply."
“Penn State’s programs are designed to provide working professionals with the latest knowledge and skills needed for success in the renewable energy field,” said Daniel Ciolkosz, academic program coordinator for Penn State’s online intercollege Master of Professional Studies in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems (iMPS-RESS).
The hardwood forests of the central Appalachians are a bastion of biodiversity, providing protective habitat for some 6,000 species of plants and animals. They support a $5 billion forest products industry in Pennsylvania alone. But these forests face stresses that could change their character substantially over the next hundred years.
Two graduates of the Penn State DuBois Wildlife Technology program served as student marshals during commencement ceremonies at University Park on May 17. Both Nicholas Moore and Scott Laudermilch earned their associate degree in Wildlife Technology at Penn State DuBois, then went on to further their education at University Park in Wildlife and Fisheries Science.
Conventional oil and gas development in northern Pennsylvania altered bird communities, and the current massive build-out of shale-gas infrastructure may accelerate these changes, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
A Penn State center that helps ensure sound stewardship of privately owned forestland in Pennsylvania will enhance its programming, thanks to a gift from a foundation created by a Penn State alumnus and benefactor.