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2015

Calvin DuBrock Appointed Penn State Goddard Chair in Forest Resources
December 13, 2015
Calvin DuBrock, retired director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Bureau of Wildlife Management, recently was named the Goddard Chair in Forestry and Environmental Resource Conservation in Penn State's Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.
Alumnus Andy Egan ('93g FOR R) Named Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer at Penn State Greater Allegheny
December 9, 2015
Andrew Egan, dean of the Faculty of Science and acting associate vice president for research at Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba, has been named chancellor and chief academic officer at Penn State Greater Allegheny, effective Feb. 15, 2016.
Chasing Condors: Recent Wildlife, Fisheries Science grad Monitors Endangered Bird Species
November 20, 2015
Recent Penn State graduate Alyssa Davidge feels privileged to be a condor-monitoring technician in southern California.
Two Prescribed Fires Scheduled for Penn State's Stone Valley Forest in November
November 4, 2015
Between Nov. 5 and the third week in November, the Forestland Management Office in the Penn State Department of Ecosystem Science and Management will permit the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) to complete two prescribed fires within the boundary of the Penn State Stone Valley Forest in northern Huntingdon County.
Penn State Extension’s 'Wild Side' Featured on Wildlife Outreach Center Website
October 26, 2015
From birds to bats, forests to farmlands, Penn State Extension’s wildlife outreach website has a wealth of information that can help Pennsylvanians make decisions about wildlife-related problems as well as learn more about wildlife issues that affect their communities.
Soil Judging Team Takes 2nd at 2015 Regionals; Qualifies for Nationals in Kansas
October 22, 2015
Twelve Penn State students competed at the 2015 Northeast Regional Collegiate Judging Contest hosted by The Ohio State University at Wooster, OH, October 13-16, 2015.
Stress in Adolescence Prepares Rats for Future Challenges
October 9, 2015
"Unpredictable stress can have dramatic and lasting consequences, both for humans and for free-living animals," said Lauren Chaby, Ph.D. student in neuroscience and ecology.
Focus on the Pennsylvania State Forest Academy
October 2, 2015
The Penn State Alumni Association has reprinted an article originally published by the Kittochtinny Historical Society that shares what life was like at the Pennsylvania State Forest Academy. The reprinting coincides with the University Libraries exhibit now on display at the Hintz Family Alumni Center that depicts how Penn State has fulfilled its University mission across Pennsylvania.
Tillage Timing Influences Nitrogen Availability and Loss on Organic Farms
October 1, 2015
"We know that organic farming relies a good deal on tillage to manage weeds and to incorporate manure and cover crops into soils, and our research shows that this practice can pose environmental tradeoffs," said Denise Finney, postdoctoral scholar in the lab of Jason Kaye, associate professor of soil biogeochemistry. "Although it helps to reduce the use of chemicals, tillage -- especially fall tillage -- is an important driver of nitrogen dynamics and has potential environmental implications."
Thompson, Casey Announce Forestry Education Grant for Penn State University
September 23, 2015
The grant funding is intended to address forest legacy planning among private landowners, including the transfer to future generations, land protection strategies and other tools used to keep woodlands intact. The project involves landowners across the northeastern United States.
Penn State DuBois Wildlife Students Work to Restore Habitat at Area Lake
September 9, 2015
Students in the Penn State DuBois Wildlife Technology Program have joined the efforts of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the Jefferson County Conservation District to provide habitat development and improvement in and around Kyle Lake, a man-made body of water located in Washington Township, Jefferson County.
For Trout Fishermen, Climate Change Will Mean More Driving Time, Less Angling
August 20, 2015
A study by Penn State's fisheries researchers clearly explains the impact of projected warming waters on wild brook trout in the eastern U.S. for fishermen.
Eastern Poultry Producers Brace for Avian Flu this Fall as Waterfowl Migrate
July 23, 2015
"This strain of avian flu, H5N2 -- which has yet to be seen along the Eastern Flyway – usually doesn't make waterfowl sick, in fact many don't show any symptoms, and it doesn't affect people or other mammals," said Margaret Brittingham, professor of wildlife resources in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
'This is Penn State' Looks at the Lumberjacks/Jills Who Are a Cut Above the Rest
July 6, 2015
For the lumberjacks and lumberjills of the Penn State Woodsmen Club, splinters and calluses are routine. But there's nothing routine about their sport.
Project to Reduce Risk of Harmful Algal Blooms in Ponds and Lakes
June 26, 2015
A new project to help identify and remediate harmful algal blooms could make Pennsylvania ponds and lakes safer for people and animals.
Shaver's Creek Offers Opportunity, Discovery to Students and Community
June 22, 2015
Shaver's Creek, located about 12 miles from Penn State's University Park campus, offers a nature center, hiking trails, live reptiles and amphibians, hands-on exhibits and a Raptor Center -- housing birds of prey unable to survive in the wild on their own.
Student Stories: Water World: Fisheries Major Interns at Aquarium
June 13, 2015
Back in high school, Taylor Marino volunteered at the Pittsburgh Zoo with the hope that one day she would score a dream internship at the zoo's aquarium. In spring 2015, the Wildlife and Fisheries Science major made that dream a reality when she was offered a Saltwater Aquarium internship at the zoo.
Tree Root Research Confirms that Different Morphologies Produce Similar Results
June 12, 2015
Despite markedly different root morphologies and resulting disparities in nutrient-uptake processes, forest trees of different lineages show comparable efficiency in acquiring soil nutrients, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Timber 2015 Expo an Enjoyable Business Trip for Forest-Products Professionals
May 26, 2015
Hosted by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association, the biennial event will take place June 5-6 at Penn State's Ag Progress Days site, on state Route 45 nine miles southwest of State College.
As Gas Boom Cuts into Forests, Scientists Study How to Put It Back Together
May 13, 2015
Patrick Drohan, associate professor of pedology, is leading a study to test different soil and ecological restoration techniques on gas well pads with the assistance of PA DCNR forester Ben Gamble (Forest Science alumnus) and others.
Trauma-Scenario Provides Hands-on Training for Penn State Mont Alto Students
May 6, 2015
Penn State Mont Alto held its sixth annual trauma-scenario training exercise for forest technology and nursing students on May 1. During the event, students worked with multiple agencies to rescue injured individuals who were in tree harvesting accidents in the forest near the campus.
Timber 2015 Expo a Showcase for Pennsylvania Forest Products Industry
March 30, 2015
Pennsylvania's large forest-products industry will be showcased during the 2015 Forest Products Equipment and Technology Exposition, June 5-6 at Penn State's Ag Progress Days site at Rock Springs.
Wildfire Critical in Calculating Carbon-Payback Time for Biomass Energy Projects
March 27, 2015
Accounting for wildfire is essential in achieving an accurate and realistic calculation of the carbon payback period associated with converting forest biomass into energy, according to a new study.
Gaines Receives Intercollege Graduate Student Outreach Achievement Award
March 23, 2015
Katie P. Gaines, a doctoral candidate in ecology advised by Dr. Dave Eissenstat, has been awarded the 2015 Intercollege Graduate Student Outreach Achievement Award for her dedication to teaching and mentoring K-12 students.
Research to Focus on How Deer Respond to Changes in Moon Phase, Weather
March 17, 2015
"There are a lot of widely held beliefs about what causes deer to move, how far they move and when they move," said Duane Diefenbach, adjunct professor of wildlife ecology and leader of the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Penn State. "In our current research project, we are collecting hundreds of thousands of locations from GPS-collared white-tailed deer. We thought it would be fun to see what people think about how deer move and see if that's actually true."
Professor Uses Data Gathered from Squirrels to Make Music
March 17, 2015
Sonification is the process of taking large data sets — like the results of monitoring a group of squirrels’ body temperatures for a year — and translating them into musical audio files. The resulting sonification illustrates the pattern of the data while being pleasing to the ear.
One-stop Mapping Tool Helps Farmers Protect Water
March 16, 2015
PAOneStop was created to help Pennsylvania farmers reduce the environmental impact their farms were having on the Chesapeake Bay and other water-based ecosystems, according to Rick Day, creator of PAOneStop and associate professor of soil science and environmental information systems at Penn State.
Researcher: Cyanobacteria Could Help Manage Nitrogen to Benefit Chesapeake Bay
March 9, 2015
A novel approach to harness bacteria that could diminish nutrient-laden runoff from agriculture has the potential to support efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay, where water quality improvements have been elusive, research suggests.
Plant Scientist Works with Landowners, Law Enforcement to Protect Ginseng
February 3, 2015
Eric Burkhart, plant science program director at Penn State’s Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, is working to encourage private forestland owners to cultivate ginseng. He was recently awarded a grant by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to continue his work surveying growers and setting up monitoring sites for the state’s remaining wild ginseng on public lands.
Living Laboratory Offers Thousands of Acres for Research, Recreation
January 24, 2015
Stone Valley has long history as "experimental forest"
Soils Could Keep Contaminants in Wastewater from Reaching Groundwater, Streams
January 23, 2015
With endocrine-disrupting compounds affecting fish populations in rivers as close as Pennsylvania's Susquehanna and as far away as Israel's Jordan, a new research study shows that soils can filter out and break down at least some of these emerging contaminants.
New Model Identifies Eastern Stream Sections Holding Wild Brook Trout
January 8, 2015
A new model that can accurately identify stream sections that still hold suitable habitat for wild brook trout will help fisheries managers from Maine to Georgia find and protect habitat for this fish, which is an economically, socially and ecologically important species.