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

Eastern forests shaped more by Native Americans' burning than climate change
May 21, 2019
Native Americans' use of fire to manage vegetation in what is now the Eastern United States was more profound than previously believed, according to a Penn State researcher who determined that forest composition change in the region was caused more by land use than climate change.
Native forest plants rebound when invasive shrubs are removed
May 15, 2019
Removing invasive shrubs to restore native forest habitat brings a surprising result, according to Penn State researchers, who say desired native understory plants display an unexpected ability and vigor to recolonize open spots.
Penn State Extension 'Dive Deeper' water educator program praised by state
May 13, 2019
Penn State Extension’s “Dive Deeper – Youth Water Educators Summit” recently received a Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence, presented annually by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
Outstanding Alumni Honored
May 7, 2019
Congratulations to our 2019 Outstanding Alumni!
College of Agricultural Sciences students place in diversity essay contest
May 2, 2019
Three students in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have been recognized for their commitment to diversity as winners of the inaugural Undergraduate Diversity Essay Contest, sponsored by the college’s Diversity Coordinating Council.

Upcoming Events

Woods Walk
When: June 1, 2019
Where: Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, Millersburg
Herbicide Application
When: June 1, 2019
Where: Petrick Tree Farm, Roulette
Timber 2019
When: June 7-8, 2019
Forbes State Forest field trip and skills day
When: June 8, 2019
Where: Forbes State Forest
Forestry for the Birds: Bird ID and Habitat
When: June 9, 2019
Where: Germick Woodlot, Harveys Lake (Luzerne)