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July 15, 2012

Dr. Drohan, Cody Fink, and Mike Marsicano volunteered as scorers at the 2012 Canon National Envirothon held July 22-27 at Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA

July 2, 2012

Travel the length and breadth of Pennsylvania and you'll notice a divide that has defined the state from the start: The southeast is settled and wealthy farm country, while the less prosperous north and west have always depended on boom-and-bust cycles of resource extraction. Nearly all of Pennsylvania was clear-cut in the late 1800s and early 1900s, making it for a time the largest producer of lumber in the United States. Underground coal mining began even earlier, followed by surface strip-mining in the 20th century. Oil and gas production have also flourished here; since 1859, more than 325,000 wells have been drilled. Now the latest boom is on. Thousands of feet below the surface are the Marcellus and Utica shales and their largely untapped reserves of natural gas.

July 1, 2012

Lauren Vitko was awarded funds from NSF's Critical Zone Program to travel to Chania, Crete to attend a SoilTrEC workshop on Reactive Transport Modelling. Workshop held July 16-19th.

June 24, 2012

Dr. Drohan presented on forest soil and landscape level Impacts with energy development at the 2012 Northeastern Area Association of State Foresters (NAASF)/Forest Resource Planning Committee’s (FRPC) annual meeting in State College, PA.

June 15, 2012

Dr. Drohan presented at the 2012 NE USDA-NRCS Soil Survey Cooperator's Meeting in Orono, ME on the work Mike Marsicano is leading to identify Ecological Sites across Pennsylvania.

June 15, 2012

The National Agricultural Biotechnology Council (NABC) meeting on Water Sustainability in Agriculture was held June 11-13, 2012 at University of Arkansas.

May 30, 2012

SOILS 516 logged 1,200 miles across Pennsylvania looking at the state's soils, landscapes, and management issues. Thanks to Alex Dado of the NRCS for a tour of glacial lake deposits south of Mercer, Calvin Ernst for a great tour of Pennsylvania Mollisols near Meadville, and Steve Dadio and Cedarville Engineering for helping arrange visits around Norristown.

May 15, 2012

Dr. Drohan presented on "The effect of shale-gas development on North-Central Appalachian landscapes: Implications for the north-central Appalachians" at the workshop: Shale Energy Development Challenges to Ohio’s Land and Water, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

May 1, 2012

A new study from researchers at Penn State University has looked at early trends in land-cover change and forest fragmentation in Pennsylvania due to shale-gas exploration -- i.e., the amount of forests and fields being chewed up by drilling. The findings point to much bigger issues that lie ahead.

April 20, 2012

As the Marcellus natural-gas play unfolds in Pennsylvania, several trends are becoming increasingly clear, according to researchers at Penn State.

April 2, 2012

Held at WVU on March 29-30. We came in 7th in group judging and 9th in the nation as a team.

April 1, 2012

Dr. Maragret Brittingham presents on ongoing Marcellus Shale landscape change research with Dr. Drohan, and Dr. Joe Bishop. Held in Morgantown, WV on March 26-March 28, 2012.

March 31, 2012

The Soil Characterization lab helped host Dr. Ron Amundson's visit to Penn State as part of a jointly sponsored event highlighting critical zone science and understanding landscape evolution.

March 31, 2012

Tony Buda presented information about the Fertilizer Forecaster at the Centre county Farm Bureau.

March 29, 2012

Dr. Drohan presented on soil and topographic challenges facing shale-gas extraction in the north-central Appalachians at the 2012: Goddard Forum

March 7, 2012

A grant of $484,000 will support a joint Penn State/U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service project designed to help farmers improve water quality by making better decisions about when and where to apply fertilizer.

March 4, 2012

Emilie Erich's subaqueous soils thesis paper is published in Geoderma 179-180:53-62! Congrats Emily! We investigated subaqueous soils in a 91 ha freshwater impoundment, which prior to flooding were subaerial.

February 1, 2012

Dr. Drohan presented on his research examining soil and topographic challenges facing shale-gas development in PA at the Penn State Department of Crop and Soil Sciences seminar.

January 15, 2012

Dr. Drohan and Dr. Tony Buda (USDA-ARS) presented a webinar on Development of Fertilizer Forecaster in the Conewago Creek Watershed.