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June 1, 2016

Even though amphibian populations are declining sharply worldwide, there is no smoking gun to indicate a cause and thus no simple solution to halting or reversing these declines.

May 20, 2016

Despite the highly publicized lead contamination in the municipal water supply serving Flint, Michigan, the vast majority of public water systems meet federal safe drinking water standards. However, the same cannot be said for private supplies -- such as wells, springs and cisterns -- in Pennsylvania, according to Bryan Swistock, water resources extension specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

April 29, 2016

Forty people including students, faculty, and alumni donated their time to improve the Penn State Mont Alto Arboretum during the “Every Day is Arbor Day” event on April 22.

April 28, 2016

Efforts to sustain and increase wildlife species at an area lake are picking up this spring with a great deal of help from students in the Penn State DuBois wildlife technology program.

April 26, 2016

Penn State Mont Alto to hold annual trauma training exercise for forest technology and nursing students

April 18, 2016

Tyler Wagner, adjunct professor of fisheries ecology, recently received an Excellence in Science Award from the U.S. Geological Survey for outstanding research.

April 14, 2016

Sometime between now and the the middle of May, the Pennsylvania Game Commission will complete two prescribed fires within the boundary of the Penn State Stone Valley Forest in northern Huntingdon County. With approval from Penn State's Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, the Game Commission will be conducting these two low-intensity prescribed fires to improve the midstory and understory habitat conditions of the forest area, while providing a field site to demonstrate and display the use and effects of prescribed fires to University students, staff and faculty, as well as the general public.

April 8, 2016

Penn State students will have their first chance this fall to take a new course on rural road ecology and maintenance, developed by the Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies at Penn State’s Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute. The course, ERM/FOR 497 Rural Road Ecology & Maintenance, is jointly hosted by the Environmental Resources Management Program and the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.

April 4, 2016

Author and researcher Keith Bildstein will recount his study of the ecology of turkey vultures during a free public presentation at Penn State's University Park campus.

March 10, 2016

The first harvest of 34 acres of fast-growing shrub willow from a Penn State demonstration field this winter is a milestone in developing a sustainable biomass supply for renewable energy and bio-based economic development, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

March 9, 2016

Since the 1930s, the composition of forests in the region has changed markedly, according to Marc Abrams, professor of forest ecology and physiology at Penn State. Drought-sensitive, fire-intolerant tree species, such as maple, birch and hemlock, have become more prominent, and drought-resistant, fire-adapted species, such as oak, hickory and pine, have declined.

March 2, 2016

What would you do without water? Farmers in drought areas are especially concerned by this question. As fresh water resources become scarce, one option for water-conscious farmers is to water crops with treated wastewater. This effluent is becoming a more popular option for applications that don’t require drinking-quality water. However, there are still questions about how the effluent interacts with and affects the rest of the ecosystem.

February 1, 2016

For Pennsylvanians watching the lead contamination problem in Flint, Michigan, and wondering whether their drinking water is safe, one water-resources specialist at Penn State University says residents with private wells, especially, should consider having their water tested.

January 19, 2016

The Deer-Forest Study, led by professors Duane Diefenbach and Marc McDill, is a collaborative project among Penn State, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry and the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.

January 18, 2016

Michael Jacobson, professor of forest resources, and Armen Karmenian, assistant professor of production systems and modeling, look to plants as power source.

December 13, 2015

Calvin DuBrock, retired director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Bureau of Wildlife Management, recently was named the Goddard Chair in Forestry and Environmental Resource Conservation in Penn State's Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.

December 9, 2015

Andrew Egan, dean of the Faculty of Science and acting associate vice president for research at Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba, has been named chancellor and chief academic officer at Penn State Greater Allegheny, effective Feb. 15, 2016.

November 20, 2015

Recent Penn State graduate Alyssa Davidge feels privileged to be a condor-monitoring technician in southern California.

November 4, 2015

Between Nov. 5 and the third week in November, the Forestland Management Office in the Penn State Department of Ecosystem Science and Management will permit the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) to complete two prescribed fires within the boundary of the Penn State Stone Valley Forest in northern Huntingdon County.

October 26, 2015

From birds to bats, forests to farmlands, Penn State Extension’s wildlife outreach website has a wealth of information that can help Pennsylvanians make decisions about wildlife-related problems as well as learn more about wildlife issues that affect their communities.