Jul 15, 2020
What determines a warbler's colors?
A new study has narrowed down the region of the genome that drives the black color in throat and face of warblers by studying the hybrid offspring produced when two species mate.
Jul 09, 2020
Gall fly outmaneuvers host plant in game of 'Spy vs. Spy'
Over time, goldenrod plants and the gall flies that feed on them have been one-upping each other in an ongoing competition for survival. Now, a team of researchers has discovered that by detecting the plants’ chemical defenses, the insects may have taken the lead.
Jun 30, 2020
Checklist of Pa. bees documents 49 new species and some that may be endangered
A study documenting bees that are reported to occur in Pennsylvania has found the presence of 437 species, including 49 never before recorded in the state. Researchers said the resulting checklist of bees in the commonwealth also identifies species not native to North America and several native species that may be of conservation concern.
Jun 30, 2020
Coral Researchers Recognized for Significant Contributions to Field
Iliana Baums and her research team were recognized by members of the coral reef community as making significant contributions to coral reef research.
Jun 25, 2020
Sunnier but riskier
Conservation efforts that open up the canopy of overgrown habitat for threatened timber rattlesnakes — whose venom is used in anticoagulants and other medical treatments — are beneficial to snakes but could come at a cost, according to a new study by researchers at Penn State and the University of Scranton.
Jun 24, 2020
Bedrock type under forests greatly affects tree growth, species, carbon storage
A forest's ability to store carbon depends significantly on the bedrock beneath, according to Penn State researchers who studied forest productivity, composition and associated physical characteristics of rocks in the Appalachian ridge and Valley Region of Pennsylvania.
Jun 22, 2020
Victoria Braithwaite to be memorialized with new ecology research award
Penn State's ecology community will memorialize beloved faculty member Victoria Braithwaite with new research excellence award named in her honor
Jun 05, 2020
The Penn State Ecology Community is Committed to Combatting Racism and Injustice
The leadership of the Penn State Ecology community wishes to express solidarity with marginalized members of our society, and has prepared the following statement of support to all those who struggle against systemic injustices. We can and must do better.
Jun 03, 2020
Huck graduate students among NSF award recipients
Five graduate students in Huck programs or involved with Huck centers, advised by faculty members in the College of Agricultural Sciences, were recipients or honorable mentions of National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.
Apr 29, 2020
Study reveals important flowering plants for city-dwelling honey bees
Trees, shrubs and woody vines are among the top food sources for honey bees in urban environments, according to an international team of researchers. By using honey bees housed in rooftop apiaries in Philadelphia, the researchers identified the plant species from which the honey bees collected most of their food, and tracked how these food resources changed from spring to fall.