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2011

School of Forest Resources Career Fair 2012
December 22, 2011
The fourth annual School of Forest Resources Career Fair will be held Friday, February 24, 2012, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Forest Resources Building at Penn State University Park.
Holiday Season Perfect Time to Ponder Future of Your Forestland
December 5, 2011
The holidays are a perfect time to take a walk in the woods with your heirs and talk about your land and what's important to you, suggests Allyson Muth, program associate for the Pennsylvania Forest Stewardship Program, which is based in the college's School of Forest Resources.
Student Stories: Despite Quake, New Zealand Impressed Her
October 31, 2011
Attracted by the country's unique wildlife, Melanie Torres spent her spring 2011 semester studying abroad in New Zealand, where she had many amazing experiences and more than a few surprises.
Study Looks at Water Quality in Private Wells near Marcellus Drilling
October 28, 2011
Bryan Swistock, extension water resource specialist, led the first 'unbiased and large-scale study of water quality in private water wells .. both before and after the drilling of Marcellus gas wells nearby.'
Dr. James Finley Named Ibberson Chair in Forest Resources Management
October 10, 2011
The Ibberson Chair's purpose is to educate students and to continue leadership in the professional management of private forest resources, and Finley is uniquely qualified for the position, according to Michael Messina, director of the School of Forest Resources.
Forest Resources Professor Part of Huge Biofuels Research Project
October 3, 2011
Paul Smith, professor of forest products marketing at Penn State, leads the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance's Environmentally Preferred Products Group, which will seek to provide focused information on environmental impacts in a way that is meaningful for industry, government leaders, purchasing managers and consumers. With a five-year budget of nearly $636,000, the researchers hope to quantify environmental and social values and determine how those values influence purchasing decisions for biofuel-based products.
Foliage Expert: La Nina May Dampen Fall Leaf Colors
September 29, 2011
Extreme weather conditions may not cause a less brilliant foliage display this autumn, according to a forest expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Ironically, the climate extremes may not be so much to blame as what is happening now, explained Marc Abrams, professor of forest ecology and physiology.
Student Stories: Love for Woodcraft Brought her to Penn State
September 26, 2011
When one thinks of woodworking and power tools, women and Penn State may not be the first things that come to mind. But in the case of Carol Chang, they are entirely relevant.
Research Shows that Soil Calcium Limits Forest Songbirds
September 16, 2011
In a six-year study, Sarah Pabian, who recently received her doctoral degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science, monitored populations of ovenbirds (Seiurus aurocapilla) in four forested, 100-hectare sites in central Pennsylvania.
Student Third in National Lumberjack Competition
September 1, 2011
Forest Science senior Tim Benedict placed third in the Stihl Timbersports Collegiate Event Aug. 28 in Salem, Ore. -- one of just six students who qualified for the finals of the lumberjack competition.
Sustainability of Pennsylvania Forests Challenged
September 1, 2011
"Nationwide, our forest area is stable, but for Pennsylvania, the most recent assessment suggests a small decline in forest area as development in our more-urban areas outpaces farmland abandonment," notes Jim Finley, professor of forest resources.
Researchers: Marcellus Gas Not Hurting or Helping Municipal Finances
August 17, 2011
Michael Jacobson, associate professor of forest resources, and Tim Kelsey, professor of agricultural economics, examined how gas drilling and production activities are affecting municipal government and services in two rural counties where they are occurring.
Encouraging Students to Be Entrepreneurs
July 11, 2011
Mark Gagnon, visiting assistant professor of sustainable entrepreneurship (and School of Forest Resources alumnus), recently was named entrepreneurship coordinator by dean Bruce McPheron.
'Wildfire' Publication Dispels Myths about Fires in Eastern Forests
June 30, 2011
Many people are unaware of the potential wildfire risk that at times exists in local communities. To increase public understanding of wildfires, experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences compiled "Wildfire," a new publication in Penn State Extension's popular From the Woods series.
Seeking a Senior Lecturer in Wildlife Science
June 20, 2011
Senior Lecturer in Wildlife Science (non-tenure track 36-week appointment), School of Forest Resources, College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State, University Park. Available 08/01/11.
Research Suggests 'Conservation through Cultivation' May Save Ginseng
June 6, 2011
American ginseng has been collected from Pennsylvania forestlands for more than 250 years, but Penn State researcher Eric Burkhart was astonished by how little was known about the industry focused on the gathering of a wild herb.
Research Aimed at Slowing Spread of Forest Pests in Wood Packaging
June 2, 2011
The research could help the more than 170 countries that have agreed to comply with new shipping guidelines known as the International Standard of Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 -- ISPM-15 -- according to John Janowiak, professor of wood products engineering.
Extinction of Eastern Cougar Met with Sadness in Nittany Valley
May 12, 2011
Gary San Julian, professor of wildlife resources, has fielded many inquiries about the Eastern cougar's status in recent decades. He wanted to believe that some remnant cougar population survived in northcentral Pennsylvania, or elsewhere in the East, but he knew better.
Student Stories: His Research is for the Birds -- Literally
May 3, 2011
Penn State Wildlife and Fisheries Science major James Feaga conducted research last summer on avian use of restored wetlands through the McNair Scholarship program.
Penn State Biofuels Researchers Get Large Grants from USDA
April 26, 2011
One of the researchers is Nicole Brown, associate professor of wood chemistry. She received $894,507 to create enhanced-value opportunities for biofuel co-products and residues produced in biofuel-production facilities and iron foundries.
Guitars - Forest Products Society (Penn State chapter) Fundraiser
April 19, 2011
Wood Products seniors Shaun Herbst and Brandon Treece have built two guitars that will be auctioned as a fundraiser for the Penn State Student Chapter of the Forest Products Society. Both guitars will be posted on eBay Friday, April 22, thru Friday April 29.
Nature Course for Elementary School Educators
April 6, 2011
Forest Resources Institute for Teachers -- often referred as FRIT -- provides first through seventh grade teachers the information and educational tools needed to teach a balanced environment and ecology curriculum related to Pennsylvania's renewable natural resources.
Tree Geneticist Receives $3.7 Million Grant for Hardwoods Research
March 3, 2011
John Carlson, professor of molecular genetics in the School of Forest Resources, is principal investigator on the project, "Comparative Genomics of Environmental Stress Responses in North American Hardwoods," funded by the NSF Plant Genome Research Program.
New Website a Valuable Resource for Wildlife Information
February 11, 2011
The Wildlife Outreach Web-center, or WOW, offers in-depth information on a variety of wildlife topics ranging from habitat enhancement to controlling nuisance and damage problems that occasionally occur between people and wildlife. Visitors also can find the names of agencies and individuals across the state that can help resolve issues ranging from the skunk under the deck to the injured bird in the backyard. Downloadable fact sheets are included for most topics.
Heinz Endowments Awards Marcellus Shale Research Grant to Penn State
February 1, 2011
The Heinz Endowments recently awarded a team of Penn State researchers a $412,000, three-year, grant to identify and mitigate the effects of Marcellus Shale natural gas exploration and development on the forest ecosystem. The interdisciplinary research team, led by Margaret Brittingham, professor of wildlife resources, and Patrick Drohan, assistant professor of pedology, both faculty members in the College of Agricultural Sciences, also will develop land management practices and a monitoring program to reduce the Marcellus disturbance footprint.
Wildlife Damage Webinar Series to Launch Feb. 7
February 1, 2011
If you want to know what animal assaulted your apple tree or committed a felony on your tulips, you should learn crime-scene-investigation techniques, according to a wildlife expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Gary San Julian, professor of wildlife resources, will present a free online seminar about those investigative techniques at noon and at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7. That webinar will kick off a short, monthly series of webinars about wildlife damage presented by Penn State Cooperative Extension.
Penn State Honored for its Part in Chestnut Reintroduction Program
January 17, 2011
Penn State's School of Forest Resources has played an important role in the chestnut genetics portion of this multistate research project since its inception in 1982.