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July 20, 2010

Jellyfish moved into the oceans off the coast of southwest Africa when the sardine population crashed. Now another small fish is living in the oxygen-depleted zone part-time and turning the once ecologically dead-end jellyfish into dinner, according to an international team of scientists.

July 5, 2010

Many people use water like we have a limitless supply, but we don't, said Bryan Swistock, water resources senior extension associate who recently oversaw the creation of a number of educational resources on water conservation. "Water is a finite resource," he said. "But like any other commodity on this Earth, it won't last forever if we don't conserve and use it wisely."

April 28, 2010

AgChoice Farm Credit recently created the AgChoice Scholars program, a unique experiential learning opportunity for a small group of Penn State students.

April 16, 2010

Bryan Swistock is sort of the Dr. Phil for pond owners -- they call him when they are having problems. And this time of year, he has a lot of patients. Spring has sprung -- the air is warm, the sky is blue -- and too many ponds and small lakes are green, bright green, and getting greener by the day.

March 12, 2010

It's a question that has captured the imagination of Keystone State deer hunters and wildlife lovers: Has increased predation on helpless deer fawns by an growing population of Eastern coyotes resulted in dwindling whitetail numbers across Pennsylvania's rugged northern reaches? The answer is no, according to a deer researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

February 19, 2010

As winter loses its grip on Pennsylvania, warmer days followed by cold nights signal the beginning of maple syrup season. When spring conditions are right, sap in sugar maple trees begins to flow, and sugars made with last summer's sun move from their storage sites into the tree's trunk, according to Bob Hansen, Penn State Cooperative Extension forest resources educator based in Tioga County. Mid-February to early March normally heralds the arrival of the "right" conditions, and the season runs until early April most years.

February 1, 2010

Friday February 26, 2010 @ Forest Resources Bldg. on University Park Campus.

January 22, 2010

Water quality and conservation will be the focus of five Web-based seminars produced by Penn State Cooperative Extension this spring. Topics will include water testing, septic systems, managing ponds and lakes, and safe drinking water. The first webinar will cover strategies to monitor water wells, springs,and streams that are near gas-drilling sites. That presentation will air at noon and again at 7 p.m. on Jan. 27.

January 22, 2010

Penn State Cooperative Extension is offering several programs this spring on deer and habitat management. According to Dave Jackson, extension forester, deer populations larger than the habitat can support pose serious problems for homeowners, agricultural producers, woodland owners and the public. Safety -- from Lyme disease to deer-vehicle collisions -- is one issue affecting many people. "A recent Maryland survey found that one out of six citizens knows someone who hit a deer with a car," he said. "Deer browsing reduces farm crop yields, damages landscape plantings and reduces forest plant diversity. Managing deer populations so they are in balance with the available habitat is essential."

December 10, 2009

Invasive plants are advancing into Eastern forests at an alarming rate, and the rapid spread has been linked by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences to forest road maintenance and the type of dirt and stone used on roads. Perhaps predictably, according to David Mortensen, a professor of weed ecology who has been studying the spread of invasive plants for nearly two decades, humans are unwittingly accelerating the relentless march of invasives into even isolated forests.

David Grube (left) and David Steinour at the National Guard FLW College Fishing bass tournament earlier this year.
November 5, 2009

Wildlife and Fisheries student David Grube represents Penn State in fishing tournament.

October 23, 2009

Amy Stauffer jumped at the chance to travel to South Africa last spring with her agroforestry class. Turns out it was the best thing she has ever done.

October 9, 2009

When Jay Stauffer began studying fish in Africa's huge Lake Malawi back in the early 1980s, it was really all about the finned creatures. He didn't recognize the immense social and economic implications of his research until later.

September 25, 2009

When it comes to the weather, perception often is not reality, according to a precipitation expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, and never has that been truer than this year.

Kelly Williams, at right, and in the inset, helps U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials to build a wetlands.
July 17, 2009

Wildlife and Fisheries student Kelly Williams recounts her internship with U.S. Fish and Wildlife service.