Over the next several year, working collaboratively with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Duane Diefenbach, adjunct professor of wildlife ecology and leader of the U.S. Geological Survey's Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Penn State, and Marc McDill, associate professor of forest management, will study multiple factors affecting forest regeneration in Pennsylvania.
The Penn State Woodsmen Team has received $1,000 from the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association to help pay for the team’s equipment and travel to future competitions.
"Understanding and untangling the complex effects of human activities on aquatic ecosystems present a challenge to ecologists and resource managers," said lead investigator Jonathan Freedman. "While the physical impacts of dredging have been relatively well studied, less is known about the ecological impacts, particularly on large-river fish populations."
Forest Science student Chelsea Kyler is studying the effects of the emerald ash borer on an ash plantation that was established years before she was born.
The American Chestnut Foundation already is evaluating sixth-generation trees planted in the wild, and is close to producing blight-resistant specimens, said Sara Fitzsimmons, a research technologist in Penn State’s Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.
The team won the research competition for its proposal, "Youth Employment and Income Enhancement Project: Haymaking as a Business Opportunity."
The landmark study indicates that the amphibian declines first recognized by researchers in the 1990s are ongoing and that things have not stabilized, noted David Miller, assistant professor of wildlife population ecology.
A field of soil science that is in a unique position to encompass and understand the variety of factors affecting earth today is pedology. Pedologist Patrick Drohan says in his profession, “you have to understand how the parts of the ecosystem interact, not just in the present time period but through past time periods...”
Timber 2013, June 7-8 at the Ag Progress Days site, showcases high-quality exhibitors with a focus on forest product harvesting and processing, value-added services, land clearing, and emerging biomass markets. This year's show includes active equipment, in-the-woods harvesting demonstrations, and the Penn State Woodsmen’s Team.
The 2005 Penn State alumnus currently is involved in a groundbreaking conservation project at the Ka'ena Point Coastal Reserve in Hawaii. The effort targets the decreasing population of native seabirds, namely the Laysan albatross and the wedge-tailed shearwater.
Penn State had seven students compete in the National contest, which was hosted Apr. 20 to 27 by the University of Wisconsin, Platteville. They finished six, with 2,630 points. The University of Maryland, coached by Penn State alumnus Dr. Brian Needelman, won the contest with 2,738 points.
Two women from the Penn State Woodsmen Team placed first in their events at a competition in Syracuse, N.Y., on March 23, defeating their opponents in the women's obstacle course and women's stock saw.
Jenifer McAndrew, class of 2011, works as a husbandry aquarium technician at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island near Manteo.
Informally dubbed "the hen study," the project aims to generate information that will allow the Pennsylvania Game Commission to more effectively set fall wild turkey season lengths.
Now a senior studying forest science, Darcy McKinley Lester wanted to travel to Australia because she considers the ecosystem Down Under to be fascinating.
In a four-year study, Duane Diefenbach, adjunct associate professor of wildlife ecology and leader of the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, documented deer dispersal behavior that provides insight into how far and how fast chronic wasting disease (CWD) could spread among wild deer.
“The Children’s Garden will help foster an appreciation for nature through experiences that may spark a deep and lasting interest in plants and their environment,” said Kim Steiner, director of the Arboretum and professor of forest biology.
A well-known conservationist and a prominent ecologist will offer keynote addresses at Penn State's first statewide Private Forest Landowners Conference.
The ground plays an important role in maintaining a clean environment by serving as a natural water filtration and purification system, said Henry Lin, professor of hydropedology and soil hydrology. Understanding the components that make up this integral part of the ecosystem can lead to better groundwater management and smarter environmental policy.
The Conservation Officers of Pennsylvania Association (COPA) is hosting a 5-K Run on March 30, 2013. All proceeds from the race will benefit the WCO David L. Grove Scholarship Fund at Penn State.