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April 22, 2014

Denise M. Finney, doctoral candidate in ecology, is the recipient of the 2014 Intercollege Graduate Student Outreach Achievement Award. This award recognizes outstanding achievements of Penn State degree candidates in any of the Intercollege Graduate Degree Programs that relate to bringing their scholarship to the community in order to benefit society in some manner. The award endeavors to encourage future scholars and researchers to embrace outreach and promote a commitment to advancing the welfare and quality of life for the public through scholarly pursuits.

April 18, 2014

Getting up before dawn never appealed to Penn State senior Elyse McMahon, but last summer it was exactly what she wanted to be doing. From June to August, her days began early with trapping and handling endangered Utah prairie dogs for data collection.

April 12, 2014

A study of the spread of chronic wasting disease among white-tailed deer in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania found that infected deer tend to cluster in low-lying open and developed areas.

April 10, 2014

Not many students get to go to Craigieburn Forest Park or Mount Cook, but as senior Sara Mueller learned, Lincoln University in New Zealand is one school that builds field trips such as these into each semester.

April 9, 2014

Between March 29th and April 4th five students from Penn State competed at the 2014 National Collegiate Judging Contest hosted by Delaware Valley College, Doylestown PA. Penn State finished 6th overall as a team and 15th in Group judging.

March 29, 2014

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Agricultural Sciences, which will take place July 13 to Aug. 9 at Penn State's University Park campus.

February 27, 2014

The restoration of Pennsylvania's river-otter population has been, by all accounts, a great success, and a study being conducted Wildlife and Fisheries Science graduate student Nick Forman and David Walter, adjunct assistant professor of wildlife ecology, will soon quantify the accomplishment by yielding population information.

December 6, 2013

The conversion to wood-powered burners would make the most sense for larger commercial and industrial operations in areas that have access to large timber resources and a friendly regulatory environment, said Charles Ray, associate professor of wood products operations at Penn State.

November 12, 2013

"We need a large number of trained volunteers who are willing to provide basic education about the proper construction, testing and maintenance of private drinking-water supplies," said Bryan Swistock, extension water resources specialist.

November 6, 2013

W F S undergraduate student Torin Miller is a one of four partners in Ruffed Outdoors, a new, student-run business venture that in early November launched a crowd-sourcing financing campaign on On the campaign’s second day, 29 backers had pledged $2,880 toward the company’s $15,000 goal.

November 4, 2013

Duane Diefenbach, adjunct professor of wildlife ecology and leader of the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit based at Penn State, received the Caesar Kleberg Award for Excellence in Applied Wildlife Research during The Wildlife Society's recent annual conference in Milwaukee.

November 3, 2013

Despite continuing development, urban sprawl and changing land use, Pennsylvania's forest area has remained stable in recent decades, according to James Finley, Ibberson Professor of Forest Resources Management

October 29, 2013

"The team’s commitment to furthering the soil science profession and soil science at Penn State is something they can be very proud of. Students in the ERM soil science option have 100% job placement over the last 5 years" said Coach Patrick Drohan, associate professor of pedology.

October 28, 2013

What level of fall wild turkey harvest by hunters causes population declines? That's what lead researcher Duane Diefenbach, adjunct professor of wildlife ecology, and others are learning midway through a five-year study of the birds.

October 21, 2013

SAF Student Chapter has hats, hooded sweatshirts, and short- and long-sleeve T-shirts on sale. Orders and payment are due by November 6, 2013.

August 28, 2013

Matthew Hurteau, assistant professor of forest resources, explains how warming temperatures, prolonged drought, and a century’s worth of fire suppression policy are “priming the system to make it more flammable.”

July 31, 2013

"We are very good at rearing fish, but we're really not very good at releasing those animals in the wild such that they survive," said Victoria Braithwaite, professor of fisheries and biology.

July 26, 2013

After studying wildfire in a year-long independent research project, Brian Crooks last summer journeyed to the West for the first time to see the effects up close in the Sierra National Forest. The senior forest science major saw his textbooks come to life on the trip.

July 25, 2013

Forest fragmentation caused by drilling infrastructure is measurable, and may alter bird communities. "Some species -- robins and chipping sparrows -- are attracted to forest edges. Others -- scarlet tanagers, for example -- require a more dense forest to breed," says Penn State graduate student Lillie Langlois. "Pennsylvania is very important for a lot of migratory neo-tropical birds coming from Central and South America that depend on large tracts of forest for breeding."

July 23, 2013

Jatropha currently grows best in tropical countries and is already being cultivated as a biofuel on a small scale in India, Southeast Asia and Africa. "It is thought that Jatropha's future lies in further improvement of Jatropha for large-scale production on marginal, non-food croplands through breeding and/or biotechnology," said John E. Carlson, professor of molecular genetics