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Faculty Labs

Many of our faculty maintain research Web sites that highlight their research programs and facilities. Our laboratories—whether in house or out in the environment—support a broad range of study.

Work conducted by staff and students in the Boyer Lab aims to provide a scientific basis for design and implementation of land management programs and policies to mitigate the effects of pollution, and to protect, conserve, and restore surface waters.

Our research is aimed at understanding the nature of the interaction between ecology and cognition.

Our research group investigates soil- and plant-associated microbial communities, especially populations involved in nutrient cycling and biogeochemical transformations of redox-active elements like N, Fe, and Mn.

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

Our research focuses on changing biogeochemical cycles in terrestrial ecosystems. Biogeochemical cycles control the storage and movement of energy and nutrients. We are particularly interested in the nitrogen cycle.

2010 Field Crew

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

The Land Analysis Lab (LAL) specializes in the use of GIS and related advanced geospatial / information system technologies for environmental assessment, agriculture, land management and planning.

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.

Hydropedology integrates pedology, hydrology, and geomorphology to study interactive pedologic and hydrologic processes and landscape-soil-hydrology relationships across space and time, aiming to understand pedologic controls on hydrologic processes and properties, and hydrologic impacts on soil formation, variability, and functions.

Our research focuses on understanding how habitat change, climate, and other stressors impact animal populations and predicting the effectiveness of management to mitigate these factors. Our approaches emphasize strong quantitative methods for data analysis, management and integration of large data sets, incorporation of ecological process, and formal decision analysis.

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.

Ecological Interactions Among Schistosomes, Snail Host, Humans and Fish Predators.

We seek to provide unbiased information and advice on issues that impact sustainable use and conservation of our soil resources, remediation and reclamation of polluted and degraded soils such a brownfields and mined lands, and soil based recycling of residual materials from agricultural, municipal, and industrial waste streams.

Our research focuses on conducting wildlife research, both basic and applied, on large ecological datasets that provide an unique opportunity to explicitly incorporate sources of spatial and temporal variability into understanding motivations for an organism’s movements, resource selection, subpopulation structuring, or presence in a landscape.

Our laboratory works across multiple applications of our science. The core theme of our work is soil and water quality. Water quality is tied to much of what occurs in our soils, since water travels through the soil as it moves from the soil surface to ground water and surface water. Our work seeks to understand the processes and mechanisms of transport of chemicals transported by water moving through soil.

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.