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

Gift from Skip Smith and sons to create Bird Garden in Arboretum
June 18, 2018
Charles H. “Skip” Smith, the Penn State alumnus and philanthropist whose giving has fueled the creation and supported the growth of The Arboretum at Penn State, has made a major new gift to enrich this University resource. Smith and his sons, David, Jeffry and John, have committed more than $1.8 million to launch construction of the Bird Garden in the Arboretum, which will be designed to attract birds year-round and educate the Arboretum’s many visitors.
Beth Boyer featured in The American Geophysical Union's (@theAGU) ecohydrology blog
June 18, 2018
Elizabeth Boyer is an Associate Professor of Water Resources in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Penn State University.
SOILS 499A/B traveled to Wexford, Ireland
June 14, 2018
How do a landscape and its people evolve through time? SOILS 499A & B examined this question, and focused particularly on the role natural resource management has played in the evolution of culture, society, and civilization in Ireland.
Doctoral degree student awarded scholarship by national soil society
June 9, 2018
Mara Cloutier, a doctoral degree candidate in the soil science and biogeochemistry dual-title degree program, was selected to receive the 2018 Clark Soil Biology Graduate Student Scholarship.
Study shows burning trash leaves toxins in soil
June 1, 2018
Burning trash in the backyard has long been known to cause air quality concerns, but a recent Penn State study sponsored by the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority has found that the longtime practice of burning trash also puts harmful toxins in the soil.

Upcoming Events

Where to Find Resources to Help
When: June 25, 2018
Where: Buchanan State Forest Office, 25185 Great Cove Road, McConnellsburg
NRCS Programs and Association Future
When: June 26, 2018
Where: Lakeside Lodge at Scenic View, Laurel Hill State Park, 118 Scenic View Lane, Rockwood 15557
Beef Cattle and Quality Hardwoods
When: July 14, 2018
Where: Meet at 12:30 in the parking lot in front of the Sears garage doors, Washington, PA