The Department of Ecosystem Science and Management is a tight-knit, welcoming community of learners united by their passion to protect, manage, and use natural resources for sustained benefits.

We conduct research to create new knowledge about Pennsylvania's forests, wildlife and fisheries, soils, and watersheds, and we disseminate that knowledge through the classroom and through extension education programs serving professionals, landowners, policymakers, and other stakeholders.

Mission

Our mission is to build and disseminate knowledge for the conservation and management of natural and human-dominated ecosystems. We focus on applications in fisheries, wildlife, soils, forestry, water, and agriculture. With global population projections of 10.9 billion by 2100 and increasing consumer demand for goods, the need for smart, scientifically trained managers and efficient use of natural resources is greater than ever. Our department was designed to help meet this challenge.

People

Our more than 40 faculty members include federal agency scientists housed on campus. These faculty members teach and advise 110 graduate students and 225 undergraduates. In addition, more than 25 staff members provide administrative support, help carry out faculty research, and conduct statewide extension education programs in renewable natural resources.

Programs

Undergraduate Programs

The department offers undergraduate degree programs in Forest Ecosystem Management and in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. Faculty in the department also teach soil science classes as part of the Soil Science option in the College of Agricultural Sciences' Environmental Resource Management major.

Graduate Programs

Graduate degrees are granted in Forest Resources, Wildlife and Fisheries Science, and Soil Science.

Our graduates learn the science and how to apply it on the ground to real problems. The programs prepare students for careers in natural resources management for government agencies, associations, nongovernmental organizations, and private companies, or for additional research.

Partnerships

Through key partnerships and cooperation with nonprofit organizations, government, and industry, the department exposes our students to real-world applications and plays a central role in addressing natural resource issues.

Facilities

Students, faculty, and partner scientists collaborate in modern classrooms and state-of-the-art teaching and research labs in the Forest Resources Building and in the Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building.

The Forest Resources Building opened in September 2006, earning a silver certification in the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Its exposed beams and trusses showcase the beauty of Pennsylvania hardwoods. A 4,700-square-foot green roof puts sustainability concepts into practice. A rooftop patio is available for groups or individuals to use for classes or meetings.

The department also offers opportunities for hands-on learning in a variety of local ecosystems, including forests, wetlands, and urban and agricultural sites. Two professional foresters oversee more than 8,000 acres of University-owned forestland that serves research and teaching goals.

Visit the Forestland Management Office.

Research

Research areas range widely, but include acid deposition effects on regeneration, soils, water resources, and fish and wildlife; timber harvesting impacts on water quality; human-wildlife interactions; fisheries ecology and management; wastewater disposal; biodiversity conservation; habitat restoration; invasive species; emerging diseases and pests; and bioenergy.

This level of intellectual diversity enables us to tackle complex environmental problems in a wide array of ecosystems. It also equips us to train students, citizens, and youth to be skillful natural resource stewards who are proficient with an advanced ecosystem management tool kit.

Extramural research funding exceeds $10 million per year, and research is strongly interdisciplinary, including work with groups such as the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment. Graduate students can pursue research as part of several interdisciplinary and intercollege graduate degree programs, such as Ecology, Environmental Pollution Control, Genetics, Materials Science and Engineering, and Plant Biology.

Outreach

The department has a strong statewide focus on extension education dealing with forest resources, urban and community forestry, water resources, wildlife and fisheries, wood products, and soil conservation.

Members of the Penn State Extension faculty work closely with field-based extension educators and partner agencies to deliver educational programs that emphasize youth education, bioenergy, and natural resource management.

Professional development

Professional development programs are offered annually in diverse topics such as GIS/GPS in forestry, forest taxation, and wood products. The Goddard and Ibberson Forums are held periodically to discuss current resource management topics of interest to a wide audience.

Name Title Email Phone
Marc David Abrams, Ph.D. Nancy and John Steimer Professor of Agricultural Sciences agl@psu.edu 814-865-4901
Tarik Acevedo-Gonzalez PhD Student, Ecology tsa19@psu.edu
Denise Alving PhD Student, Forest Resources dpa5259@psu.edu
Kathleen Arrington PostDoc kea106@psu.edu
Laramie Aspegren MS Student, Soil Science lpa5146@psu.edu
Julian D. Avery, Ph.D. Assistant Research Professor jda121@psu.edu
Robert Baldwin, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus rcb9@psu.edu 814-865-7541
Sara Banker seb38@psu.edu
Samuel Bayuzick MS, Soil Science sjb5759@psu.edu
Douglas Beegle, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Agronomy dbb@psu.edu 814-863-1016
Jhony Armando Benavides Bolaños PhD Student, Soil Science jab1106@psu.edu
Taylor Blackman PhD Student, Forest Resources tnb5149@psu.edu
Paul Blankenhorn, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Wood Technology prb@psu.edu 814-865-7541
Vicki S. Blazer Research Fish Biologist vblazer@usgs.gov
Jean-Marc Bollag, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Soil Biochemistry jmbollag@psu.edu 814-863-0843
Brianna Bonshock MS Student, Wildlife and Fisheries Science bjb5674@psu.edu
Todd Bowersox, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus twb@psu.edu 814-865-7541
Elizabeth W. Boyer, Ph.D. Professor of Water Resources ewb100@psu.edu 814-865-8830
Brosi Bradley Research Technologist bxb258@psu.edu 814-429-9242
Margaret C. Brittingham, Ph.D. Professor of Wildlife Resources mxb21@psu.edu 814-863-8442
Mary Ann Victoria Bruns, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Soil Microbiology and Biogeochemistry mvb10@psu.edu 814-863-0779
Ray Bryant, Ph.D. Adjunct Professor of Agronomy, USDA-ARS ray.bryant@ars.usda.gov 814-863-0923
Anthony Buda, Ph.D. Research Hydrologist, USDA-ARS Anthony.Buda@ars.usda.gov 814-865-6623
Frances E. Buderman, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Quantitative Wildlife Ecology fbuderman@psu.edu 814-867-3378
Eric Burkhart, Ph.D. Associate Teaching Professor, Ecosystem Science and Management Department epb6@psu.edu 814-865-3951
Katharine Butler Senior Lecturer in Soil Science katebutler@psu.edu 814-865-2119
Nina Rose Camillone PhD Student, Soil Science nrc30@psu.edu
John E. Carlson, Ph.D. Professor of Molecular Genetics jec16@psu.edu 814-863-9164
Xin Chen PhD Student, Forest Resources xin.chen@psu.edu
Jonathon G Chester MS Student, Forest Resources jgc71@psu.edu
Holly Chittum PhD Student, Forest Resources hkc10@psu.edu
Edward Ciolkosz, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Soil Genesis and Morphology f8i@psu.edu 814-865-1530
Angela Clark Administrative Manager adg3@psu.edu 814-863-7093
Kyle Clark PhD Student, Wildlife and Fisheries Science khc5069@psu.edu
Mara Lee Cashay Cloutier PhD Student, Soil Science muc345@psu.edu
John W. Clune PhD Student, Forest Resources juc71@psu.edu
Estelle Couradeau Assistant Professor of Soils and Environmental Microbiology efc5279@psu.edu 814-863-1615
Alexander C. Curtze MS Student, Forest Resources acc5458@psu.edu
Samuel Dannenberg MS Student, Forest Resources std5205@psu.edu
Courtney Davis PhD Student, Ecology cld303@psu.edu
Rick Day, Ph.D. Emeritus Associate Professor
Curtis Dell, Ph.D. Adjunct Associate Professor of Soil Science, USDA-ARS curtis.dell@ars.usda.gov 814-863-0984
Chelsea DeMarco MS Student, Wildlife and Fisheries Science cmd428@psu.edu
David R DeWalle, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Forest Hydrology drdewalle@psu.edu 814-863-3532
Duane Diefenbach, Ph.D. Adjunct Professor of Wildlife Ecology drd11@psu.edu 814-865-3992
Carli Dinsmore MS Student, Ecology crl166@psu.edu
Patrick Drohan, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Pedology pjd7@psu.edu 814-863-4246
Linda Duerr Coordinator of Children's Educational Programs lmd9@psu.edu 814-867-4813
Sjoerd Duiker, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Soil Management and Applied Soil Physics sduiker@psu.edu 814-863-7637
Jonathan M. Duncan, Ph.D., M.P.A. Assistant Professor of Hydrology jmduncan@psu.edu 814-865-7554
Shari Edelson Director of Horticulture/Curator ske13@psu.edu 814-865-8080
Jessie Edson Genetics Laboratory Manager jee5023@psu.edu
David Eissenstat, Ph.D. Interim Head and Professor dme9@psu.edu 814-863-3371
William Elmendorf, Ph.D. Professor and Ibberson Chair in Community and Urban Forestry wfe1@psu.edu 814-863-7941
Margarita Fernandez PhD Student, Ecology mmf5814@psu.edu
C. Paola Ferreri, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Fisheries Management cpf3@psu.edu 814-863-2095
Jennifer Fetter jrf21@psu.edu
James Finley, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Forest Resources fj4@psu.edu 814-863-0402
Sara Fern Fitzsimmons PA - American Chestnut Foundation sff3@psu.edu 814-863-7192
Suzanne Fleishman PhD Student, Ecology smfleish@gmail.com
Daniel Fritton, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Soil Physics ddf@psu.edu
Henry Gerhold, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Forest Genetics hdg@psu.edu 814-865-7541
Tess Gingery Research Technologist I tjg5474@psu.edu
Timothy Gould Public Programs Manager t.w.gould@psu.edu 814-867-4262
Ephraim Muchada Govere, CPSS Director, Soil Research Cluster Laboratory emg900@psu.edu 814-865-1143
Jeff Grimm Research Assistant jg4@psu.edu
Tyler A. Groh, Ph.D. Assistant Research Professor tag5611@psu.edu 814-865-7541
Dana Grove Financial Assistant dlg5035@psu.edu 814-865-2050
Daniel Guarin PhD Student, Soil Science & International Agriculture and Development (INTAD) dxg5419@psu.edu
Brent Harding Senior Forester bah173@psu.edu 814-865-7422
Joseph Harding Assistant Teaching Professor h31@psu.edu 814-865-6272
Yuting He Smeglin Assistant Research Professor yzh120@psu.edu
Jeff Hershey MS Candidate, Biorenewable Systems jlh181@psu.edu
Caitlin Hodges PhD Student, Soil Science cah423@psu.edu
Brennan Holderman Research Technologist II brh5047@psu.edu
Rebecca Horwitt Volunteer Program Assistant ruh212@psu.edu 814-867-4262
Sarah A. Isbell PhD Student, Ecology szi5054@psu.edu
David Jackson drj11@psu.edu
Michael Jacobson, Ph.D. Professor of Forest Resources mgj2@psu.edu 814-865-3994
Abigail Jamison MS Student, Forest Resources and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment alj191@psu.edu
Fei Jiang PhD Student, Soil Science ffj5012@psu.edu
Daniel Johnson, Ph.D. Assistant Teaching Professor of Soil Science dkj5264@psu.edu 814-867-0542
Jacob Johnson PhD Student, Forest Resources jjj5438@psu.edu
Joshua B. Johnson Wildlife Biometrician jbj134@psu.edu
Rebecca Teal Jordan MS Student, Forest Resources rtj5@psu.edu
Jason Kaye, Ph.D. Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry jpk12@psu.edu 814-863-1614
Margot Wilkinson Kaye, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Forest Ecology mwk12@psu.edu 814-865-4841
Jason Keagy Assistant Research Professor of Wildlife Behavioral Ecology jxk6051@psu.edu
Armen R. Kemanian, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Production Systems and Modeling akemanian@psu.edu 814-863-9852
Emily Kerstetter MS Student, Forest Resources ezk122@psu.edu
Peter Kleinman, Ph.D. Adjunct Associate Professor of Soil Science, USDA-ARS peter.kleinman@ars.usda.gov 814-865-3184
Sridhar Komarneni, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Clay Mineralogy komarneni@psu.edu 814-865-1542
Marissa Kopp PhD, Ecology mkk5565@psu.edu
Jesse K. Kreye, Ph.D. Assistant Research Professor juk1097@psu.edu 814-863-2509
Melissa M. Kreye, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Forest Resource Management mxk1244@psu.edu 814-867-1237
Emily Lavely Postdoctoral Fellow ekn5016@psu.edu
Laura P. Leites, Ph.D. Associate Research Professor of Quantitative Forest Ecology lpl3@psu.edu 814-865-4244
Emily Lesher MS Student, Soil Science ejl5218@psu.edu
Whitney Lisenbee PostDoc wbl5227@psu.edu
Doua Jim Lor MS Student, Ecology djl5946@psu.edu
Fiona Lunt MS Student, Ecology fcl6@psu.edu
Madeline Luthard PhD student msl5511@psu.edu
James Lynch, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Forest Hydrology jal@psu.edu 814-865-7541
Jonathan Lynch, Ph.D. Courtesy Professor of Plant Nutrition jpl4@psu.edu 814-863-2256
Marjorie Grace Macknight PhD Student, Ecology mgm5568@psu.edu
Matt Marshall, Ph.D. Adjunct Assistant Professor of Wildlife Conservation matt_marshall@nps.gov 814-863-0134
Evan C Mascitti PhD Candidate, Soil Science ecm200@psu.edu
Danielle Massie MS student, Wildlife and Fisheries Science dlm459@psu.edu
Erynn Maynard-Bean Postdoctoral Researcher eem212@psu.edu
Catherine McClure MS Student, Ecology cmm1148@psu.edu
Curt McConnell PhD Student, Ecology czm66@psu.edu
Larry McCormick, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus lhm@psu.edu 814-865-7541
Marc E. McDill, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Forest Management mmcdill@psu.edu 814-865-1602
Andrew McNitt, Ph.D. Professor of Soil Science asm4@psu.edu 814-863-1368
Devyn McPheeters MS Student, Ecology ddm88@psu.edu
Robert Meinen PhD Student, Soil Science rjm134@psu.edu 814-865-5986
Catalina Mejia MS Student, Soil Science xum95@psu.edu
Michael G. Messina, Ph.D. Former Head and Professor Emeritus, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management mgm20@psu.edu
David A.W. Miller, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Wildlife Population Ecology dxm84@psu.edu 814-863-1598
Doug Miller, Ph.D. Professor of Geography miller@eesi.psu.edu 814-863-7207
Diane Monteith Graduate Program Coordinator dxm66@psu.edu 814-863-7221
Sara Mueller PhD Student, Wildlife and Fisheries Science sjm5467@psu.edu
Asia Murphy PhD Student, Ecology aum432@psu.edu
Allyson Brownlee Muth, Ed.D. Director, Center for Private Forests abm173@psu.edu 814-865-3208
David Muñoz PhD Candidate, Ecology djm516@psu.edu
Wayne Myers, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Forest Biometrics wlm@psu.edu 814-865-7541
Robert Neiderer Senior Research Technologist rjn11@psu.edu 877-722-4724
Jennifer Nieves MS Student, Ecology jmn350@psu.edu
Richard Novak MS, Ecology ran7@psu.edu
Kelly Oleynik Development Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator keo5114@psu.edu 814-867-2591
Lauren Ann Onofrio MS Student, Ecology lao5120@psu.edu
Alexandra Orr PhD Student, Forest Resources aso124@psu.edu
Abigail Owens MS Student, Soil Science apo5249@psu.edu
Nathaniel Scott Parkhill MS student, Wildlife and Fisheries Science nsp56@psu.edu
Britta "Wren" Patton PhD Student, Ecology bwp125@psu.edu 814-865-3155
JeriLynn (Jeri) E. Peck, Ph.D. Research Associate peckj@psu.edu 814-234-2898
Michael D. Perkins PhD Student, Forest Resources mdp297@psu.edu
Gary Petersen, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Soil and Land Resources gwp2@psu.edu 814-865-1540
Danielle Pierone MS Student, Wildlife Fisheries and Science dap5355@psu.edu
Monique Pipkin MS Student, Ecology map564@psu.edu
Michael Powell Senior Research Technologist mjp175@psu.edu 814-863-1113
Edward Primka PhD Student, Ecology ejp25@psu.edu
Cathryn Pugh MS Student, Forest Resources cvp5259@psu.edu
Charles David Ray, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Ecosystem Science and Management cdr14@psu.edu 814-865-0679
Brian Redder PhD Student, SOILS bfr5095@psu.edu
Warren Reed PhD Student, Ecology wpr5005@psu.edu
Kate Reeder Event and Marketing Coordinator kkr1@psu.edu 814-865-9118
Arun Regmi PhD Student, Forest Resources abr5708@psu.edu
Joshua Rittenhouse MS Student, Forest Resources jor5383@psu.edu
Bruna Rodrigues Do Amaral MS Student, Ecology bzr69@psu.edu
Ellen A. Rom Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs and Alumni Relations, and Assistant Teaching Professor exr2@psu.edu 814-863-0362
Gary San Julian, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Wildlife Resources jgs9@psu.edu 814-865-4287
Zachary Paul Sanders PhD Student, Soil Science zps10@psu.edu
Vishnupriya Sankararaman PhD Student, Ecology vus85@psu.edu
Larry Schardt Natural Resource Conservationist las233@psu.edu 814-865-1138
Mary Jo Schillings Department Head Assistant mjs9@psu.edu 814-865-0172
Max Schlossberg, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Turfgrass Nutrition/Soil Fertility mjs38@psu.edu 814-863-1015
Nathaniel Schmidt MS Student, Forest Resources ngs5166@psu.edu
Zachary M. Schumber MS, Wildlife and Fisheries Science zms5135@psu.edu
Bobbi Jo Scovern Administrative Support Assistant bys5@psu.edu 814-865-4511
Barbara Sellers Administrative Support Assistant bss213@psu.edu 814-863-0401
Sadikshya Sharma MS Student, Forest Resources sbs6203@psu.edu
William Sharpe, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Forest Hydrology wes@psu.edu 814-865-7541
Yuning Shi Assistant Research Professor yshi@psu.edu 814-865-7393
Sina Sinai Research Assistant, Leites Lab szs818@psu.edu
Rachel Smith Undergraduate Administrative Assistant rdr15@psu.edu 814-865-4237
Sanford S. Smith, Ph.D. Teaching Professor in Forest Resources and sss5@psu.edu 814-865-4261
William Sopper Professor Emeritus of Forest Hydrology wes1@psu.edu
Sasha Danielle Soto PhD Student, Center for Private Forests sds5876@psu.edu
Laurie Sparks Financial Assistant las6721@psu.edu 814-865-8384
Jay Stauffer, Jr., Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Ichthyology vc5@psu.edu 814-863-0645
Richard Stehouwer, Ph.D. Professor of Environmental Soil Science rcs15@psu.edu
Kim Steiner, Ph.D. Professor of Forest Biology kcs@psu.edu 814-865-9351
Charles Strauss, Ph.D. Director and Professor Emeritus, School of Forest Resources chs3@psu.edu 814-865-7541
Bryan Swistock Extension Associate brs@psu.edu 814-863-0194
David Sylvia, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus dmsylvia@psu.edu 814-863-6726
Qicheng Tang PhD Student, Soil Science qut9@psu.edu
Michael Toolan Natural Areas Program Assistant mjt5194@psu.edu 814-865-8080
Kalaia Tripeaux MS student, Forest Resources kjt78@psu.edu
Walter Tzilkowski, Ph.D. Associate Professor Emeritus of Wildlife Science wmt@psu.edu
Amanda Van Buskirk MS Student, Ecology anv56@psu.edu
Myriah Wadley MS Student, Forest Resources mzw5416@psu.edu
Tyler Wagner, Ph.D. Adjunct Professor of Fisheries Ecology txw19@psu.edu 814-865-6592
W. David Walter, Ph.D. Adjunct Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology wdw12@psu.edu 814-867-4763
Jack Watson, Ph.D. Professor of Soil Science / Soil Physics / Biogeochemistry jackwatson@psu.edu 814-863-6714
Jennifer Weld Assistant Research Professor jlw23@psu.edu 877-722-4724
Paris Werner MS Student, Wildlife and Fisheries Science ppw5092@psu.edu
Charlie White Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management cmw29@psu.edu 814-863-1016
Patrick Williams Director of Development pjw117@psu.edu 814-865-0441
Joshua Wisor PhD Student, Wildlife and Fisheries Science jmw5805@psu.edu
Shannon Wray MS Student, Soil Science sew65@psu.edu
Eric Zawatski MS Student, Wildlife and Fisheries Science ejz5042@psu.edu
Eric K. Zenner, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Silviculture eric.zenner@psu.edu 814-865-4574
Huaibin Zhang MS Student, Soils huz121@psu.edu
Yuhui Zhou Financial Coordinator yxz128@psu.edu 814-865-9118