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2012

Research Shows Managed Fire Benefits Forest Carbon Sequestration
November 30, 2012
As carbon registries, carbon credits and carbon trading become more important in the coming years, managed fire should play a major role in managing forests for both ecological and carbon-sequestration reasons, contends Matthew Hurteau, assistant professor of forest resources.
Spring 2013 Undergraduate Research Proposal Deadline
November 8, 2012
Submit Spring 2013 Undergraduate Research Proposals by 5:00 p.m., December 7, 2012 to Richard Rateau, 110 Agricultural Administration Building.
Penn State Soil Judging Teams Win Northeast Regional Contest
November 5, 2012
"I am exceptionally proud of this year's team," said team adviser Patrick Drohan, assistant professor of pedology. "They had the best overall finish at regionals in the team's history. Eight of them are very new to soil science and performed incredibly well. Any company looking for a great field soil scientist should feel confident hiring them."
Students Get Unique Environmental Research Experience in Spain
October 29, 2012
For the last two years, eight students journeyed from central Pennsylvania to Madrid to conduct research in the field of global climate change ecology with Margot Kaye, assistant professor of forest ecology, and Jason Kaye, associate professor of biogeochemistry.
Student Stories: Environmental Law Appeals to Wildlife, Fisheries Grad
October 11, 2012
Robert Caccese always knew he wanted to attend law school to study environmental law, but he felt it would be beneficial to focus on something else as an undergraduate student.
Student Named to Receive New Scholarship in Memory of Fallen Alum
October 4, 2012
A student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will be the first recipient of a scholarship created to honor the memory of Wildlife Conservation Officer David L. Grove, who was killed in the line of duty in November 2010.
A Warm, Wet Fall Would Dampen Foliage Colors
September 22, 2012
Long-term weather forecasts point to mild weather -- 60- to 70-degree days and nights in the mid-40s -- through the end of October, with no frosts. For fall foliage lovers, that's not good, warned Marc Abrams, professor of forest ecology and physiology.
Research Looks at Topographic and Soil Constraints to Shale-gas Development
September 14, 2012
Across the Appalachian Plateau in Pennsylvania, 50 to 70 percent of shale-gas pads are being developed on slopes that could be prone to erosion and sedimentation problems, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Landowners Team Up in a Keystone State Watershed
August 29, 2012
Lysle Sherwin, director of the Center for Watershed Stewardship, worked with a local conservation association to enlist wildlife-minded landowners to create and restore habitat for the American woodcock.
Youth Water Educators Invited to 'Dive Deeper'
August 6, 2012
Educators who teach youth about water resources can get useful information to help plan their curricula by attending "Dive Deeper," a youth water education summit to be offered Sept. 27 by Penn State Extension.
Fracking's Footprint: Scientists Study Impact of Shale Gas Development on Pennsylvania's Forests
July 19, 2012
Patrick Drohan, assistant professor of soil science, Margaret Brittingham, professor of wildlife resources, and others are working to shed scientific light on the vast landscape changes produced by shale gas development.
College of Ag Sciences Faculty Help Guide Workshop in Iceland
July 16, 2012
An international initiative recently brought experts from around the world to Iceland to explore the potential for innovation in natural-resource governance.
Facing Modern Forest Management Challenges: Mitigation, Adaptation
July 6, 2012
Forests are under stress, warned James Finley, Ibberson Professor of Forest Resources and director of the University's Center for Private Forests. They confront a wide range of challenges, from exotic insect pests and invasive plants to environmental conditions.
Private Forest Landowner Conference to Focus on Future of Penn's Woods
June 26, 2012
The first statewide Private Forest Landowners' Conference, hosted by the Center for Private Forests in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will be held May 3-4, 2013, at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona, Pennsylvania.
Laura Leites Selected for Professional Association Board
May 19, 2012
Laura Leites, research associate and instructor in forest biometrics, recently was named to the board of directors of the Resource Modeling Association.
Researcher Finishes Second in Wood Award Competition
April 30, 2012
Brad Gething, a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Forest Resources wood products program, was honored by the Forest Products Society for his study, "The Computational Modeling of Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Flow in Solid Wood Material."
Study Suggests Shale-gas Development Causing Rapid Landscape Change
April 25, 2012
As the Marcellus natural-gas play unfolds in Pennsylvania, several trends are becoming increasingly clear, according to researchers at Penn State.
Professor Gets Kirkland Award from The Pa. Chapter, Wildlife Society
April 18, 2012
Gary San Julian, professor emeritus of wildlife resources in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, recently received the Gordon Kirkland Award for Lifetime Professional Achievement in Conservation from the Pennsylvania Chapter of The Wildlife Society.
Wildlife Students Taught an Appreciation for Hunting
April 5, 2012
At Penn State, it is not at all unusual for students with no hunting experience to enroll in the College of Agricultural Sciences' Wildlife and Fisheries Science major with the intention of becoming a wildlife manager after graduation, according to Gary San Julian, professor emeritus of wildlife resources.
Tree Molecular Geneticist Receives Black Award for Research Excellence
April 5, 2012
John Carlson, professor of molecular genetics in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been chosen to receive the 2011-12 Alex and Jessie C. Black Award for Excellence in Research.
Oil and Gas Development Impacts on Forested Ecosystems: Research and Management Challenges
March 14, 2012
This April 9 - 10, 2012 conference aims to bring together scientists, managers, conservation organizations, and industry representatives who are working with oil and gas development to share research results and management strategies.
Student Stories: Wildlife Major Enjoyed North Carolina Internship
February 29, 2012
Eric Johnson spent three months last summer as a wildlife intern in North Carolina, working with the Bald Head Island Conservancy, handling a wide variety of fascinating duties.
Hort Woods Rehabilitation Project to Begin Soon
February 13, 2012
The rehabilitation of the historic Hort Woods, located on Park Avenue next to North Halls on Penn State's University Park campus, is scheduled to begin soon. The School of Forest Resources and the Horticulture Department are providing technical assistance along with oversight from the University Tree Commission.
Center for Private Forests Created by College of Ag Sciences
February 10, 2012
Housed in the college's School of Forest Resources, the Center for Private Forests will foster the retention, stewardship and management of private forests, according to center director James Finley, Ibberson Professor of Forest Resources. "We intend to focus outreach and research on the stewardship of private forests and, through this process, create collaborative learning opportunities for students and stakeholders."
Effort to Establish Blight-free American Chestnut Tree Switches Gears
February 4, 2012
The three-decades-old initiative to restore American chestnut trees back into forests in the eastern United States has entered a new phase, according to an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
WCO David L. Grove Memorial Run
January 31, 2012
The Conservation Officers of Pennsylvania Association is currently raising funds for an endowed scholarship at Penn State in honor of WCO David L. Grove who was shot and killed in the line of duty on November 11, 2010. WCO Grove completed a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science at Penn State in 2004; he was committed to the field of conservation law enforcement and was himself an avid hunter and fisherman.
Student Stories: Wood Products Grad Building Furniture, Future
January 24, 2012
Recent Penn State graduate Michelle Myers built some strong relationships while at Penn State, but she also built a passion to create enduring furniture.
Ag Sciences Students Honored for Their 'Milking the Rhino' Video
January 24, 2012
Elise Brown, a graduate student in agricultural and extension education from Tangier, Ind., Alex Gren, a senior wildlife and fisheries science major from Zionsville, and Nicole O'Block, a senior agricultural science major with international agriculture and leadership development minors from Irwin, were winners in the Best Use of Indigenous Knowledge category for their video outlining a solution to prevent the cattle disease, nagana.
Penn State Extension Offering Forest Landowner Conferences
January 12, 2012
Penn State Extension this year will provide many opportunities for private landowners to learn about how to manage their forests properly. During the coming months, day-long forest landowner conferences will be offered at various locations around the state, covering a wide variety of topics related to forest and wildlife management.