College of Agricultural Sciences forest technology wins $10K pitch competition
December 11, 2019
Innovators from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences upheld a winning tradition recently at the TechCelerator pitch competition hosted by the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern Pennsylvania. The team was awarded a $10,000 investment for their fledgling enterprise, RealForests. Their victory makes RealForests the sixth team from the college to win one of Penn State’s most prestigious pitch competitions.
Grant to fund workshops on conservation-based forest land estate planning
December 11, 2019
A Penn State project aimed at advancing conservation-based estate planning for forest landowners in two key regions of Pennsylvania is the beneficiary of an $80,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Forest farms could create market for ginseng, other herbs
November 25, 2019
A transition from wild collection of herbs to forest farming needs to occur in Appalachia to make the opaque, unstable and unjust supply chain for forest medicinal plants such as ginseng sustainable, according to a team of researchers who have studied the market for more than a decade.
International ag expert, Drohan, gives keynote address at conference in Ireland
November 25, 2019
Patrick Drohan, associate professor of pedology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, gave a keynote address at the Catchment 2019 conference in Wexford, Ireland, in early November.
Much-anticipated Pollinator and Bird Garden underway in Arboretum at Penn State
November 21, 2019
"Following an intense collaboration between Penn State scientists and our design consultants, Didier Design Studio, we believe we have successfully married aesthetics with state-of-the-art knowledge about the biology of pollinators and birds," said Kim Steiner, director of the Arboretum and professor of forest biology in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Molecular genetics professor selected for prestigious Mercator Fellowship
November 18, 2019
John Carlson, professor of molecular genetics in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, recently was named Mercator Fellow and Visiting Professor at Georg-August University of Göttingen in Germany.
Soil-judging team places 4th at regional contest, qualifies for nationals
October 25, 2019
The Penn State Soil Judging Team placed fourth at the Northeast Regional Collegiate Soil Judging Contest in Easton, Maryland, in early October, qualifying for the national championship to be held in Ohio in the spring of 2020.
College of Agricultural Sciences to host Minority Alumni Panel
October 21, 2019
The Office of Multicultural Affairs in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences will showcase the career paths and accomplishments of five notable alumni during a minority alumni panel in November.
Extremely dry, hot conditions this fall causing early, muted foliage display
October 5, 2019
While drought at this time of year is normally good for fall colors, the abnormally dry conditions and high temperatures have caused poor leaf colors and early leaf drop in late September and early October.
Daddy daycare: Why some songbirds care for the wrong kids
October 3, 2019
Interspecific feeding — when an adult of one species feeds the young of another — is rare among songbirds, and scientists could only speculate on why it occurs, but now, Penn State researchers have new insight into this behavior.
Ash tree species likely will survive emerald ash borer beetles, but just barely
September 10, 2019
“We found that genetic variation exists in trees from around the country, and through time — especially as the emerald ash borer population collapses because host trees are rapidly disappearing — the resistance that we observed will likely ensure the survival of the species,” said Kim Steiner, professor of forest biology, College of Agricultural Sciences.
Penn State researchers lead the way in Water-Energy-Food research in Africa
September 5, 2019
Three Penn State researchers — Rachel Brennan, in the College of Engineering, and Mike Jacobson and Brian Thiede, in the College of Agricultural Sciences — recently received $250,000 in University Strategic Plan seed funding to address global Water-Energy-Food (WEF) challenges.
Making the Most of Microbes for Soil Restoration and Function
September 4, 2019
The Bruns research group aims to understand how beneficial functions of soil microorganisms can be promoted through better management of agricultural and mining-impacted lands. The group focuses on microbial processes important in nutrient cycling and water retention.
Deer browsing is not stopping the densification of Eastern forests
September 3, 2019
A new study led by a Penn State researcher suggests that while deer browsing has impacted tree regeneration in the understory, it has not had much of an impact on forest canopies — and in fact likely has slowed the forest densification process slightly.
College of Agricultural Sciences names 2019 Harbaugh Scholars
August 26, 2019
The latest Harbaugh Faculty Scholars include Julian Avery, assistant research professor of wildlife ecology and conservation.
Forest ecology and physiology professor honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
August 19, 2019
Marc Abrams, professor of forest ecology and physiology and Steimer Professor of Agricultural Sciences in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work.
Student explores urban forestry at internships in Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C.
August 8, 2019
Jess Sourbeer has found her niche in forestry through internships at both Penn State Extension and Architect of the Capitol, the federal agency in charge of maintaining Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Five added to Student Engagement Network’s Faculty Academy
July 31, 2019
Julian Avery, assistant research professor, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, is among those named as one-year fellow.
Graduate students awarded National Institute of Food and Agriculture fellowships
July 22, 2019
Sarah Isbell and Mara Cloutier, both Penn State graduate students and Microbiome Center researchers, will be supported in their studies by fellowships paid for by the United States Department of Agriculture.
Storer named Distinguished Alumnus for outstanding career, support of students
July 22, 2019
Jack Storer, who earned the bachelor’s degree in forestry in 1950, has another commendation to add to his impressive inventory of achievement: the Penn State Distinguished Alumni Award, which is the highest honor presented by the University to alumni.
Some green ash trees show some resistance to emerald ash borers
July 8, 2019
Genes in green ash trees that may confer some resistance to attacks by the emerald ash borer express themselves only once the tree detects the invasive beetle's feeding, according to Penn State researchers. Knowing this, geneticists may be able to selectively breed trees to strengthen them and perhaps move the resistance response earlier to ward off the beetles' onslaught, explained John Carlson, professor of molecular genetics.
Ecosystem science head retires after 30-plus years with land-grant universities
June 26, 2019
Mike Messina, professor and head of Penn State's Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, retires at the end of this month.
Professor of wildlife resources honored for lifetime achievement in conservation
June 15, 2019
Margaret Brittingham, professor of wildlife resources in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, recently received PennFuture’s 2019 Woman of Lifetime Achievement in Conservation Award in recognition of her lifelong work to protect natural resources.
Penn State researchers to boost endangered Chesapeake logperch population
June 12, 2019
Already listed as endangered in Pennsylvania and Maryland, the Chesapeake logperch is on the verge of being added to the federal Endangered Species List.
Best oral presentation at the Society for Economic Botany Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio
June 10, 2019
Graduate student Teal Jordan (M.S. Forest Resources) was awarded best oral presentation this past week at the Society for Economic Botany conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Northeastern deer more susceptible to wasting disease than those to the west
June 6, 2019
Some deer are more susceptible to chronic wasting disease that is spreading through herds of white-tailed deer across much of the United States, according to Penn State researchers, who have identified a panel of genetic markers that reliably predict which animals are most vulnerable to the contagious neurological disorder.
Eastern forests shaped more by Native Americans' burning than climate change
May 21, 2019
Native Americans' use of fire to manage vegetation in what is now the Eastern United States was more profound than previously believed, according to a Penn State researcher who determined that forest composition change in the region was caused more by land use than climate change.
Native forest plants rebound when invasive shrubs are removed
May 15, 2019
Removing invasive shrubs to restore native forest habitat brings a surprising result, according to Penn State researchers, who say desired native understory plants display an unexpected ability and vigor to recolonize open spots.
Penn State Extension 'Dive Deeper' water educator program praised by state
May 13, 2019
Penn State Extension’s “Dive Deeper – Youth Water Educators Summit” recently received a Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence, presented annually by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
Outstanding Alumni Honored
May 7, 2019
Congratulations to our 2019 Outstanding Alumni!
College of Agricultural Sciences students place in diversity essay contest
May 2, 2019
Three students in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have been recognized for their commitment to diversity as winners of the inaugural Undergraduate Diversity Essay Contest, sponsored by the college’s Diversity Coordinating Council.
Penn State DuBois wildlife technology students help to reclaim PA forests
May 1, 2019
A group of wildlife technology students at Penn State DuBois have contributed to reclaiming some area mine land while gaining valuable, real-world lessons. Lecturer in Wildlife Technology Carrie O’Brien took two sections of her class to a site in the Moshannon State Forest in Elk County in late April to help plant trees in a large-scale effort to reforest a 35-acre portion of public ground.
'Right' cover-crop mix good for both Chesapeake and bottom lines
April 30, 2019
Planting and growing a strategic mix of cover crops not only reduces the loss of nitrogen from farm fields, protecting water quality in the Chesapeake Bay, but the practice also contributes nitrogen to subsequent cash crops, improving yields, according to researchers.
Timber 2019 expo spotlights Pennsylvania's forest-products industry
April 29, 2019
Businesses and individuals connected to Pennsylvania's forest-products industry — and anyone interested in sound management of the state's renewable natural resources — can learn about goods, services, best practices and industry trends at the 2019 Forest Products Equipment and Technology Exposition, Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8, at Penn State's Ag Progress Days site at Rock Springs.
For real doe? Penn State Deer Research Center brings students closer to wildlife
April 24, 2019
The Deer Research Center provides exceptional opportunities to students by allowing them to gain hands-on experience in animal husbandry and research.
Fulbright grant will support Penn State doctoral student’s research in Zambia
April 24, 2019
Jacob Johnson, a doctoral candidate in forest resources and in international agriculture and development, has received a Fulbright Study/Research Award. The award will support research on the integration of multipurpose trees into farm-level aquaculture systems in Zambia.
Soil Judging Team takes 8th at 2019 Nationals; Zemitis in 4th and Rella in 11th
April 23, 2019
The Penn State Soil Judging Team placed 8th at the National Collegiate Soil Judging Contest in San Luis Obispo, California. The contest was held the week of April 14th in the area around Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo and Santa Margarita.
Penn State wildlife and fisheries science senior shines as presenter at meeting
April 22, 2019
Ben Kline, a Wildlife and Fisheries Science senior from Middleburg, gave a talk at the annual meeting of the Virginia/West Virginia Chapters of the American Fisheries Society. His lecture on clinch dace, a federally listed fish species of high conservation concern, received the award for “Best Talk” at the conference.
Student workers receive hands-on experience with deer at Penn State center
April 8, 2019
Penn State’s Deer Research Center, commonly referred to as “the deer pens,” has been an endearing part of many students’ college experiences since the 1970s, providing a one-of-a-kind opportunity for hands-on learning about one of the state’s most recognizable mammals.
Beth Brantley, Penn State Mont Alto faculty member, to lead arboretum tour during her farewell reception
April 4, 2019
Penn State Mont Alto will host its final Colloquy Series talk of the spring semester on April 10, when Associate Teaching Professor of Forest Technology Elizabeth (Beth) Brantley will lead a tour of the Penn State Mont Alto Arboretum during a farewell reception in her honor from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Heritage Room of The Mill Café.
Invasive round gobies may be poised to decimate endangered French Creek mussels
April 1, 2019
The round goby — a small, extremely prolific, invasive fish from Europe — poses a threat to endangered freshwater mussels in northwestern Pennsylvania's French Creek, one of the last strongholds for two species of mussels, according to researchers.
Avian researcher to present on the survival challenges of cranes
March 28, 2019
George Archibald, author and co-founder of the International Crane Foundation, will describe his life-long work to save cranes from extinction during a free public presentation at 5 p.m. on April 3 in 101 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building on Penn State's University Park campus.
Wildlife honors students get hands-on experience in elk range
March 22, 2019
Honors students in the Penn State DuBois Wildlife Technology program had an exclusive opportunity for hands-on learning recently with members of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s (PGC) biological staff.
Penn State brook trout researchers featured in new 'Expedition Chesapeake' film
March 20, 2019
One of the featured teams is Penn State's Tyler Wagner and Shannon White, researchers in the College of Agricultural Sciences who have been studying brook trout in the Keystone State's picturesque Loyalsock Creek Watershed. Shanerburg Run is a scenic and productive tributary of the "'Sock" in Sullivan County.
New graduate ecosystem management program combines science and leadership
March 18, 2019
Penn State has launched a new graduate ecosystem management program online that brings together environmental science, management and leadership skills.
Pennsylvania Game Commission internship plants career seeds for student
February 23, 2019
A summer internship with the Pennsylvania Game Commission helped Penn State senior Dominic Lenzi cultivate his skills in the field of forestry.
The Fishy Mystery of Lake Malawi
February 23, 2019
This Smithsonian article features the work of Dr. Jay Stauffer, Distinguished Professor of Ichthyology.
President Barron to discuss invasive species on WPSU's 'Digging Deeper' Feb. 17
February 15, 2019
For the episode, Barron will welcome Eric Burkhart, instructor and plant science program director at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center and faculty member in the College of Agricultural Sciences’ Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, and Arthur Gover, research support associate in the Department of Plant Science.
Couple’s gifts support endowment and programs of the Center for Private Forests
February 14, 2019
Tony and Jeanne Riley of Baltimore, Maryland, have made gifts that support programs of the Center for Private Forests. Established in 2011 under the leadership of its founding director, Professor Emeritus of Forest Resources Jim Finley, the CPF collaborates with experts within Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and across the country to study, educate, and inspire forest landowners in the stewardship of their land.
Manure injection offers hope, challenge for restoring Chesapeake water quality
February 6, 2019
Widespread adoption by dairy farmers of injecting manure into the soil instead of spreading it on the surface could be crucial to restoring Chesapeake Bay water quality, according to researchers who compared phosphorus runoff from fields treated by both methods. However, they predict it will be difficult to persuade farmers to change practices.
Jacobson named first Global Faculty Fellow in College of Agricultural Sciences
February 4, 2019
Michael Jacobson, professor of forest resources in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management and champion of global engagement, will serve as the first Global Faculty Fellow in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
College of Agricultural Sciences students receive internship awards
February 4, 2019
Wildlife and Fisheries Science major Sean Lauer and Forest Ecosystem Management major Jessica Sourbeer are among those honored with an internship award.
Without habitat management, small land parcels do not protect birds
January 24, 2019
Designating relatively small parcels of land as protected areas for wildlife with no habitat management — which has frequently been done in urban-suburban locales around the world — likely does not benefit declining songbird species, according to a team of researchers who studied a long-protected northeastern virgin forest plot.
1958 forestry class donates over $100K for Open Doors Scholarship
January 7, 2019
Twelve members of the Forestry Class of 1958 recently celebrated their 60th reunion at the Mont Alto campus. Besides reconnecting with each other and the campus, their time together also resulted in a group gift of $34,233 that, thanks to a University match, transformed into a $102,669 Open Doors Scholarship to support Mont Alto students who are facing financial hardships and are at risk of not completing their degrees.