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May 1, 2017

"Using the unique approach of examining the same hemlock stands both before and after degradation by the hemlock woolly adelgid, we found that hemlock decline drove changes in vegetation structure and bird communities," explains Matt Toenies, a master's degree student in Penn State's intercollege graduate degree program in ecology

April 26, 2017

David Miller, associate professor of wildlife population ecology, and his master's degree advisee, Matt Toenies, talk about Toenies' research on how hemlock decline is affecting bird species.

April 21, 2017

Climate-change mitigation and adaptation may be additional, important ecosystem services provided by cover crops, said Jason Kaye, professor of soil biogeochemistry in the College of Agricultural Sciences. He suggested that the climate-change mitigation potential of cover crops is significant, comparable to other practices, such as no-till.

April 21, 2017

Fragmentation of ecologically important core forests within the northern Appalachians — driven by pipeline and access road construction — is the major threat posed by shale-gas development, according to researchers, who recommend a change in infrastructure-siting policies to head off loss of this critical habitat.

April 12, 2017

Marc Abrams, professor of forest ecology and physiology, explains the role that acorns and other mast play in boosting populations of deer and mice, the most common hosts for the ticks that carry Lyme disease.

April 6, 2017

Judd Michael, Penn State professor of business management for natural resources industries, and several students seeking master’s degrees in business have been studying fishing licenses and anglers for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Their ultimate goal is to develop a business plan that the agency can use to help it connect with its customers.

March 31, 2017

Funded by a $50,000 grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are conducting an 18-month study of the forest herb goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) in Pennsylvania.

March 27, 2017

Gaining a better understanding of fawn survival and predators was part of the motivation for research that began in 2015. As a part of that study, a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is deploying cameras, called trail cams, in Penn's Woods, using a novel technique called camera trapping to gauge numbers and distribution of predators.

March 23, 2017

On April 8, the best collegiate lumberjacks and lumberjills in the region will converge on Penn State Mont Alto to compete in the 16th annual Mid-Atlantic Woodsmen’s Meet and the Stihl Timbersports Collegiate Series Mid-Atlantic Qualifier ― a preliminary event to the U.S. Collegiate Championships on July 30. The event is open to the public and free of charge; spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

March 1, 2017

David Eissenstat, professor of ecosystem management and woody plant physiology in the College of Agricultural Sciences, and chair of the Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at Penn State was awarded the Jessie C. Black Award for Excellence in Research.

February 20, 2017

Africa and agroforestry — defined as agriculture that incorporates the cultivation and conservation of trees — are in Penn State professor Michael Jacobson's blood, and the combination has helped shape his career. In turn, the forest economist has played an important role in launching a tree-based biofuel initiative that has major implications for the continent and its millions of subsistence farmers.

February 9, 2017

Long forgotten, a wood collection at Penn State is getting a second look. Chuck Ray, associate professor of wood products operations, is dedicating his time to organizing it and unlocking its secrets to help advance science.

February 8, 2017

David M. Eissenstat, professor of woody plant physiology, was elected Ecological Society of America fellow for major contributions towards understanding belowground processes and interactions among plants, microbes, environmental factors, and agricultural practices.

January 4, 2017

Whether a wild cottonmouth snake will attempt to strike in an encounter depends on its baseline stress level, according to a team of scientists led by undergraduate researcher Mark Herr, who completed the Wildlife and Fisheries Science baccalaureate degree in 2016.

January 4, 2017

Shifts in plant-growth patterns have been widely reported in response to global warming, and it is well documented that warming generally advances aboveground plant growth, noted Laura Radville, a doctoral candidate in ecology advised by David Eissenstat, professor of woody plant physiology. But warming's influence on root phenology is unclear.

December 15, 2016

Shannon White, a doctoral degree student in Penn State's ecology program, is investigating whether certain traits and behaviors may help brook trout populations adapt to habitat pressures including warming climate conditions.

December 13, 2016

The intense wildfires that swept through the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee late last month were a tragic melding of the past and the future, according to Marc Abrams, professor of forest ecology and physiology.

December 12, 2016

The Office of Multicultural Affairs in the College of Agricultural Sciences hosted a panel to highlight the career paths and accomplishments of several notable alumni (including Herbert White, 2000 FORSC) on Nov. 9.

November 21, 2016

A little-known ash plantation on the edge of Penn State's University Park campus — the largest collection of green ash germplasm in one location in the world — likely will play a significant role in saving the species, which is being decimated by an insect from Asia. Kim Steiner, professor of forest biology, and molecular geneticist John Carlson are looking at the genetic mechanisms by which surviving trees might be battling the insects.