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

Surviving large carnivores have far-reaching impact
August 9, 2018
Anywhere large-bodied mammalian carnivore species are present, other, smaller carnivores are less likely to occur, according to an international team of researchers that conducted the first global assessment of carnivore interactions using camera trap data.
Penn State hydrologist Elizabeth Boyer honored by American Geophysical Union
August 6, 2018
Elizabeth W. Boyer, associate professor of water resources, has been honored with the 2018 Witherspoon Lecture Award by the American Geophysical Union. She will present the lecture at the organization's fall meeting, Dec. 10-14, in Washington, D.C.
Gardening for Butterflies
August 2, 2018
A Penn State Extension article about butterflies prepared by Margaret C. Brittingham, professor of wildlife resources, and Judith Mank, former graduate research assistant.
Foresters' use of management tool focus of Penn State study
July 26, 2018
Forests, especially those abundant in oak, a dominant and valued tree species, have struggled in recent years due to high white-tailed deer populations, insect outbreaks and fire suppression, prompting scientists to create decision-making tools that can aid in forest regeneration.
Meet the Invasive Insect that Is Changing an Entire Forest Bird Community
July 23, 2018
Throughout the eastern United States, forests of eastern hemlock, Tsuga canadensis, are under attack by a tiny invasive insect with an insatiable appetite for these giant trees. This attack is causing the decline of eastern hemlock and as a consequence, it is driving the disappearance of a variety of birds that are specialized to them, according to a recent study.

Upcoming Events

Goddard Forum - Advancing One Health in Pennsylvania
When: August 18, 2018
Where: Hershey Lodge, 325 University Dr., Hershey, PA 17033 Hershey, PA 17033
Hands-on Hack and Squirt Workshop
When: August 25, 2018
Where: Michaux State Forest
Chesapeake Bay and Riparian Forest Buffers Site Visit
When: August 31, 2018
Where: Union Township Building, 95 North Penn Strett, Belleville
New Tools for Tree Identification
When: September 5, 2018
Where: To be announced
On the Ground Tree ID
When: September 8, 2018
Where: Meet at 12:30 to carpool in the parking lot in front of the Sears garage doors in Washington