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2019

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.