Department of Ecosystem Science and Management

Offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in Soil Science, Forest Resources (forestry), Wood Products, and Wildlife and Fisheries Science.

Latest Ecosystem Science and Management News

Forest 'duff' must be considered in controlled burning to avoid damaging trees
February 24, 2020
Many decades of forest fire prevention and suppression has resulted in a thick buildup of organic matter on the forest floor in many regions of the United States, according to a Penn State researcher, whose new study suggests that the peculiar way that these layers burn should be considered in plans for controlled burns.
Forest soils release more carbon dioxide than expected in rainy season
February 14, 2020
Current carbon cycle models may underestimate the amount of carbon dioxide released from the soil during rainy seasons in temperate forests like those found in the northeast United States, according to Penn State researchers.
Citizen scientists may be an untapped resource for water quality improvement
February 11, 2020
Raising awareness and offering technological tools to the thousands of citizens groups in the U.S. that monitor water quality might help community leaders tap these volunteers as a way to improve access to plentiful, clean water and possibly avoid water-related crises, according to a team of researchers.
All things considered, wooden pallets are more eco-friendly than plastic pallets
February 3, 2020
Weighing in on a debate that has raged for decades, Penn State researchers, after conducting a series of ultra-detailed comparisons, have declared that shipping pallets made of wood are slightly more environmentally friendly and sustainable than those made of plastic.
Emerging organic contaminant levels greatly influenced by stream flows, seasons
January 30, 2020
Flow rates and time of year must be taken into account to better understand the potential risks posed by emerging organic contaminants in rivers and streams, according to Penn State researchers who studied contaminant concentrations and flow characteristics at six locations near drinking water intakes in the Susquehanna River basin.

Upcoming Events

24th Annual Northwest Pennsylvania Forest Landowner Conference
When: February 29, 2020
Where: Edinboro University, Frank G. Pogue Student Center, 405 Scotland Road, Edinboro 16444
23rd Annual Conference: Managing Forests and Wildlife in a Changing World
When: March 14, 2020
Where: American Legion, 3721 US 220 Business, Bedford
10th Annual Woodlands Conference
When: March 14, 2020
Where: Dauphin County Agriculture and Natural Resources Center, 1451 Peters Mountain Road, Dauphin 17018