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Forest Science Research

Recent emphases in Forest Science research include agroforestry, biotechnology, climate change mitigation, community forestry, disturbance ecology, forest management planning, genetics of forest and landscape trees, human dimensions, natural regeneration, silviculture, sustainable forestry, and watershed processes.

Forest Science researchers working in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Penn State.

The center's purpose is to create the next generation of watershed professionals by combining interdisciplinary capabilities with strong disciplinary bases in a community-oriented context. Its programs include graduate studies in watershed stewardship and a continuing-education program of short courses for natural resources professionals and community leaders.

The Eissenstat lab works in all aspects of plant ecology with a particular emphasis on the ecology of plant roots.

Our research focuses in forest ecology through a range of research approaches that include dendrochronology, vegetation sampling, ecophysiology, and ecosystem science.

Our research focuses on understanding forest ecosystems by quantifying and modeling ecosystem attributes and processes at diverse spatial and temporal scales using varied data sources. We are especially interested in modeling forests responses to changes in climate.

We have a long history of studying how soil affects the lives of the state’s citizens and how people have, and are today, changing the state’s soils. While the lab’s research focuses largely on Pennsylvania soil issues, we have conducted work regionally, nationally, and internationally.

The Schatz Center for Tree Molecular Genetics was initiated in 1998 based on the vision and gifts from Distinguished Alumnus Dr. Louis W. Schatz (class of 1934). In the Schatz Center labs located at Penn State's University Park campus, state-of-the-art research is conducted in forest genetics, genomics and related areas. The Schatz Center provides training opportunities for undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and visiting scientists. The Schatz Center also sponsors a colloquium, held biennially at Penn State's Mont Alto campus, which brings together researchers and practitioners from industry, government, and academia to discuss the science of current issues in tree genetics.

The Silviculture and Applied Forest Ecology Lab is the center for innovative, collaborative research on applied forest ecology and management. The Lab uses both theoretical and applied field research and outreach to address the operational implementation of our knowledge of forestry to meet societal objectives.