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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

December 11, 2014

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.