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

Why knowing the science behind the rut can help bowhunters this season
November 7, 2018
The rut, the mating period for white-tailed deer, is upon us. It is the time of year that bowhunters look forward to, beginning in late October and lasting about a month. The rut signals an increased activity period for bucks as they patrol their scrapes with hormonal hankering in their eyes and search for does with which to breed. For hunters, it means that new bucks might move into the area where they are hunting.
Revision to Improve Phosphorus Planning
November 5, 2018
Pennsylvania’s next version of a fertilizer planning calculation will give farmers better site-specific information for preventing phosphorus loss. Jennifer Weld, a Penn State doctoral student and project associate, spoke on the topic at the Keystone Crops and Soils Conference on Oct. 23 at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg.
Dancing with danger: A look inside the Penn State Woodsmen Team
November 2, 2018
The team, a registered student organization on campus, is made up of 14 members. And while they all come from a variety of backgrounds and majors, they all have one thing in common: They like working with their hands and getting dirty.
Jacob Johnson receives Peace Corps award
November 1, 2018
Jacob Johnson, a doctoral candidate in forest resources and in international agriculture and development, has received a Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Award in recognition of his service to others.
Soil Judging Team takes 4th at 2018 Regionals; qualifies for Nationals in California
October 31, 2018
The Penn State Soil Judging Team placed 4th at the Regional Collegiate Soil Judging Contest in south-central Ohio. The contest was held the week of October 22nd in the area around Hillsboro and Wilmington.