Penn State graduate student turns bird-watching passion into research for ecology's master program

April 26, 2017

David Miller, associate professor of wildlife population ecology, and his master's degree advisee, Matt Toenies, talk about Toenies' research on how hemlock decline is affecting bird species.

Arboretum to host discussion about use of fire to restore ecosystems

April 21, 2017

The Arboretum at Penn State will host a discussion of the role of fire in ecosystem health and how Penn State uses controlled burns to manage and restore natural landscapes. The April 26 presentation precedes a controlled burn on a 12-acre portion of Arboretum lands adjacent to campus planned for this spring as part of an ongoing re-creation of a prairie/meadow containing native grasses and wildflowers.

Shale gas threat to forests can be eased by consolidating infrastructure

April 19, 2017

Fragmentation of ecologically important core forests within the northern Appalachians — driven by pipeline and access road construction — is the major threat posed by shale-gas development, according to researchers, who recommend a change in infrastructure-siting policies to head off loss of this critical habitat.

Cover crops may be used to mitigate and adapt to climate change

April 16, 2017

Cover crops long have been touted for their ability to reduce erosion, fix atmospheric nitrogen, reduce nitrogen leaching and improve soil health, but they also may play an important role in mitigating the effects of climate change on agriculture, according to a Penn State researcher.

What's to blame for the surge in Lyme disease?

April 12, 2017

Marc Abrams, professor of forest ecology and physiology, explains the role that acorns and other mast play in boosting populations of deer and mice, the most common hosts for the ticks that carry Lyme disease.

Stone Valley trees harvested for Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center expansion project

April 11, 2017

Finding the value in a fishing license

April 6, 2017

Judd Michael, Penn State professor of business management for natural resources industries, and several students seeking master’s degrees in business have been studying fishing licenses and anglers for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Their ultimate goal is to develop a business plan that the agency can use to help it connect with its customers.

Researchers investigating status of goldenseal in Pennsylvania

March 31, 2017

Funded by a $50,000 grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are conducting an 18-month study of the forest herb goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) in Pennsylvania.

Frequent Fliers: Arboretum speaker to discuss songbird migration research

March 30, 2017

Bird watchers, nature lovers and wildlife scientists have an opportunity to hear author and avian researcher Bridget Stutchbury describe her research on songbird migration during a talk at 5 p.m. on April 5 in 112 Forest Resources Building on Penn State's University Park campus.

Adventures abroad: Student gains new insights about sustainability

March 27, 2017

The senior environmental resource management major traveled to both New Zealand and Costa Rica as part of two separate embedded courses. She was first introduced to these study-abroad opportunities through her major’s coursework.

Picture this: Trail cams used to monitor predators of deer fawns

March 24, 2017

Deer fawns in Pennsylvania face a cruel reality -- only half of them survive until their first birthday, and much of that mortality results from predation.

Penn State Mont Alto to host 16th annual Mid-Atlantic Woodsmen’s Meet

March 23, 2017

On April 8, the best collegiate lumberjacks and lumberjills in the region will converge on Penn State Mont Alto to compete in the 16th annual Mid-Atlantic Woodsmen’s Meet and the Stihl Timbersports Collegiate Series Mid-Atlantic Qualifier ― a preliminary event to the U.S. Collegiate Championships on July 30. The event is open to the public and free of charge; spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Ecologist Eissenstat receives Black Award for research accomplishments

March 1, 2017

David Eissenstat, professor of ecosystem management and woody plant physiology in the College of Agricultural Sciences, and chair of the Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at Penn State was awarded the Jessie C. Black Award for Excellence in Research.

Penn State forest economist helping to propel African croton biofuel effort

February 20, 2017

Africa and agroforestry -- defined as agriculture that incorporates the cultivation and conservation of trees -- are in Penn State professor Michael Jacobson's blood, and the combination has helped shape his career. In turn, the forest economist has played an important role in launching a tree-based biofuel initiative that has major implications for the continent and its millions of subsistence farmers.

David Eissenstat elected Fellow of Ecological Society of America

February 10, 2017

David Eissenstat, professor of woody plant physiology in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State, has been elected as a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America.

SciTech Now - Wood Collection

February 9, 2017

Long forgotten, a wood collection at Penn State is getting a second look. Chuck Ray, associate professor of wood products operations, is dedicating his time to organizing it and unlocking its secrets to help advance science.

Stressed snakes strike first

January 4, 2017

Whether a wild cottonmouth snake will attempt to strike in an encounter depends on its baseline stress level, according to a team of scientists led by undergraduate researcher Mark Herr, who completed the Wildlife and Fisheries Science baccalaureate degree in 2016.

Research suggests climate change affecting plants above ground more than below

January 4, 2017

Shifts in plant-growth patterns have been widely reported in response to global warming, and it is well documented that warming generally advances aboveground plant growth, noted Laura Radville, a doctoral candidate in ecology advised by David Eissenstat, professor of woody plant physiology. But warming's influence on root phenology is unclear.

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