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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stone Valley has long history as "experimental forest"
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.
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.
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.
On Dec. 5, Penn State Mont Alto forestry students climbed a 135-foot yellow poplar on the Penn State Mont Alto campus in a 20-year annual exercise of forest technology instructor Craig Houghton’s arboriculture class.
"Other than Alaska, Pennsylvania is the only state in the nation that doesn't regulate its private water systems. With no regulatory framework to protect these water supplies, it can be a lot for someone just buying a house to manage. Extension has become one of the few unbiased, research-based resources to help meet the water needs of Pennsylvania's large, rural population," said Bryan Swistock, a Penn State Extension water resources educator.
Penn State is becoming quite the sustainable state. The University is making some major strides in sustainability through programs for staff, students and the community. Judd Michael, professor of sustainable enterprises, leads one of those programs.
Two years into a study of factors influencing forest regeneration in Pennsylvania, researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are offering never-before-seen insights into deer movement.
Forests in the Eastern United States remain in a state of "disequilibrium" stemming from the clear-cutting and large-scale burning that occurred in the late 1800s and early 1900s, contends Marc Abrams, professor of forest ecology and physiology.
If you have spent any time in the forests of Pennsylvania over the past six years, you’ve noticed many changes — mainly in the form of well pads, drilling rigs, traffic jams, and compressor stations all related to shale gas development in the Marcellus Shale. What you may not have noticed is the impact of this development on plant and animal species. Margaret C. Brittingham, Lillie A. Langlois, and Patrick J. Drohan are beginning to study and understand the impact.