The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Ecology News

This summer was notable because of drought conditions in June and July, and searing heat in July, but that won't limit the beauty of Pennsylvania's fall foliage.
A group of single-celled algae known as Symbiodinium, which live inside corals and are critical to their survival, are only now being separated into species via DNA analysis by researchers including Todd LaJeunesse.
Emily Almberg and Peter Hudson discuss the impact of mange and viral diseases on the wolf packs living in Yellowstone National Park.
The Huck Institutes' director champions a collaborative approach to life science research at Penn State.
The project, led by Penn State professor and lead scientist Charles Fisher and project manager James Brooks of TDI Brooks International, has been honored by the National Oceanographic Partnership Program with the Excellence in Partnership award.
Iliana Baums and colleagues have discovered that a coral species found in abundance from Indonesia eastward to Fiji, Samoa, and the Line Islands rarely crosses the Eastern Pacific Barrier toward the coast of the Americas.
Coral reefs are suffering from overfishing and other types of resource exploitation, and are being degraded by pollution from sewage and agricultural runoff as well as by increasing sea-surface temperatures and acidification as a result of global warming.
Research conducted by Penn State's Andrew Read reveals that malaria parasites evolve to become more virulent in response to their hosts being immunized with a critical component of several candidate human malaria vaccines which are currently in clinical trials.
Heather Karsten leads the Sustainable Dairy Cropping Systems research project " a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to managing whole-farm sustainability through conservation of soil, nutrients, biodiversity and energy.
James Finley discusses the present state and future outlook of woodlands in the eastern United States.
Victoria Braithwaite discusses the need for better aquaculture practices in designing healthier and more humane fisheries.
Huck Institutes director Peter Hudson and researcher Raina Plowright of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics have been featured in the New York Times for their research on disease ecology in bighorn sheep and Australian fruit bats.
The Penn State biology and entomology professor and Huck Institutes faculty member has been granted funding to pursue his innovative global health and development research project, entitled "Taking out the bodyguards: a novel solution to ag disease."
Written by Andrew Read " director of the Huck Institutes' Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics " this article originally appeared in the Centre Daily Times on April 29, 2012 as the first installment of the bimonthly "Focus on Research" column highlighting research projects being conducted across all disciplines at Penn State.
A research team led by Penn State biology professor and Huck Institutes faculty member Blair Hedges has identified and named 24 new species of skinks " half of which may already be extinct or nearing extinction, and the rest of which are threatened with extinction.
The Penn State biology professor and Huck Institutes faculty member was accorded this honor by his peers for scholarly excellence in the life and health sciences.
A team led by Penn State biology professor and Huck Institutes faculty member Charles Fisher finds compelling evidence of the impact on deep-water coral communities in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Penn State professor and director of the Huck Institutes' Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics has been recognized for excellence in teaching.
Consuelo De Moraes and Steven Schiff honored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Dr. Jason Kaye's project is one of 23 chosen for funding by the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture