The center focuses on applied research, education and outreach to students, forest landowners, the forest-products industry, loggers, conservation districts, agencies, land trusts, nongovernmental organizations and the public.
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 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.