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2018

Study sheds new light on forests' response to atmospheric pollution
July 16, 2018
How forests respond to elevated nitrogen levels from atmospheric pollution is not always the same. While a forest is filtering nitrogen as expected, a higher percentage than previously seen is leaving the system again as the potent greenhouse gas nitrous oxide, say researchers.
Students participate in inaugural Flight 93 Memorial Alternative Break
June 22, 2018
This spring, Penn State DuBois was the first university to participate in the inaugural Alternative Break Service Program at Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Although this is the first time the memorial has hosted an alternative break program, students in the Penn State DuBois Wildlife Technology program have participated in work at the site for five years, reclaiming areas that are former strip mines.
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.
Deer fawns more likely to survive in agricultural landscapes than forest
May 1, 2018
The cruel truth is that throughout the white-tailed deer's range only about half of all fawns live to see their first birthday — most are killed by predators. However, they have a much better chance of surviving if they are born in farmland rather than in forest, according to Penn State researchers, who collaborated with Pennsylvania Game Commission deer biologists.
SOILS 404 educates Philadelphia students about SOILS!
April 27, 2018
Dr. Patrick Drohan and Dr. Heather Gall received a grant (the Harbaugh faculty scholar award) from the College of Agriculture at Penn State to collaborate on urban green infrastructure education via their classes. As part of this grant's activities, Dr. Drohan's SOILS 404 (Urban Soils) class visited Greenfield Elementary School this past week to speak to 5th graders about soil and why it matters to people in cities.
Students partner with conservationists for tree planting, habitat improvement
April 27, 2018
A group of students in the Penn State DuBois Wildlife Technology program partnered with local and state organizations to help improve the habitat of a wild trout stream in the area.
Outstanding Alumni Honored
April 18, 2018
Our 2018 Outstanding Alumni were honored at our annual alumni and friends banquet on April 7, 2018, at the Ramada Conference Center in State College, PA.
Kaye receives Black Award for excellence in research
March 23, 2018
Jason Kaye, professor of soil biogeochemistry, is the recipient of the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences' 2017 Alex and Jessie C. Black Award for Excellence in Research. The honor recognizes a tenure-track faculty member in the college whose significant accomplishments include exceptional and original agricultural research conducted at Penn State.
Investment from Skip Smith to launch construction of Pollinators' Garden
March 20, 2018
Investment from Penn State alumnus and leading philanthropist Charles H. “Skip” Smith will enable The Arboretum at Penn State to fulfill its longstanding vision for a garden that will attract and sustain native pollinator species of birds and insects.
Researchers to study ramps' market, flavor profile, vulnerability to pest
March 7, 2018
All the attention on ramps of late has convinced Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture officials that they need to know more about the market for ramps and the wild stocks of the plants to manage and perhaps protect them. So, with a Specialty Crop Block Grant, they funded a novel, interdisciplinary study led by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. In addition to assessing supply and demand, researchers will analyze the plant's phytochemistry and nutritional makeup.
Nontraditional student learns valuable lessons on road to reaching dreams
March 2, 2018
As the 35-year-old U.S. Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient looks toward graduation from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences in May, he realizes that navigating through those hardships — which included a half-hearted first attempt at college, injury during military service, and the loss of his father — have made him steadier at the wheel.
Penn State forestry student works for education and diversity
February 24, 2018
Sky Templeton is passionate about forestry, education and minority representation.
The Secret Life of Bluebirds
February 12, 2018
A video developed by Wildlife and Fisheries Science graduate student Danielle Williams offers a behind-the-scenes and “inside-the-box” view of the secret and busy life of a nesting bluebird.
How Pipelines are Changing the Dynamics of PA Forests
February 8, 2018
Lillie Langlois, researcher and instructor, studied aerial images to map natural gas development in Lycoming County over a number of years. Langlois and her colleagues found that linear infrastructure like pipelines and roads had a bigger impact on carving up forests — and affecting the wildlife habitat within them — than the drilling well pads themselves.
Researchers and roommates head to national conference
February 5, 2018
Lauren Onofrio is a Biology major with a minor in Forest Ecosystems. She has worked under Laura Leites in the quantitative forest ecology lab since fall 2015 and plans to pursue an M.S. in Ecology with Dr. Leites in fall 2018.
Agroforestry systems may play vital role in mitigating climate change
February 1, 2018
Agroforestry could play an important role in mitigating climate change because it sequesters more atmospheric carbon in plant parts and soil than conventional farming, according to Penn State researchers.
Pa. deer, like mammals worldwide, move less in human-modified landscapes
January 26, 2018
In the big woods of Pennsylvania's Northern Tier, the home range of the average white-tailed deer is more than twice as large as that of a deer in urban or agricultural areas of the state. Penn State researcher Duane Diefenbach documented that phenomenon early on in his work, but it did not occur to him it might be representative of many different mammal species around the globe.
Duncan joins Department of Ecosystem Science and Management
January 22, 2018
Jonathan Duncan recently joined Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences as an assistant professor of hydrology in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management. His appointment also is under the umbrella of the Institutes of Energy and the Environment, which is one of seven interdisciplinary research institutes at Penn State.
Land-use webinar to focus on planning to protect private water supplies
January 15, 2018
What local communities can do to assist the more than 3 million Pennsylvania residents served by private wells and springs to have potable drinking water for their homes and farms will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension on January 17.
Fishery scientists are probing ways that wild brook trout adapt to a changing world
January 4, 2018
Today, as hatchery fish become more expensive, and as interest in sustainable environments grows, fishery scientists are looking closer at wild trout populations to understand how these resilient fish survive in challenging settings.