The Ecology Institute brings together students, postdoctoral researchers, research staff, and faculty across diverse departments and colleges to foster excellence and innovation in ecology-based research and training at Penn State. Using a deliberately interdisciplinary approach to address some of the defining challenges in contemporary ecology, The Ecology Institute represents a unique conglomeration of the diverse skills and perspectives provided by many disciplines (such as geosciences, geography, sociology, ethics, policy, decision analysis, economics, landscape architecture, and anthropology). Acting as a bridge between The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences and The Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment, The Ecology Institute can utilize a collaborative and integrative perspective to answer ecological questions across multiple spatial and temporal scales and think of solutions to our most pressing ecological issues.
Building and promoting ecological science and its application through interdisciplinary research
Forest carbon still plentiful post-wildfire after century of fire exclusion
Forests in Yosemite National Park hold more carbon today than they did 120 years ago despite burning in a severe wildfire in 2013, according to a Penn State-led team of researchers.
Biology professor, department head recognized for study of amphibians, reptiles
Professor of Biology Tracy Langkilde has been named Distinguished Herpetologist for her contributions to the field by the Herpetologists' League, an international organization of people devoted to studying the biology of amphibians and reptiles.
PlantVillage gives undergraduate a chance to help feed the world via technology
Coming from the small town of Limeport, near Allentown, a young Annalyse Kehs may not have thought much about international agriculture or feeding the world. But thanks to a project called PlantVillage, the Penn State rising senior not only is helping to address world hunger but is relishing the opportunity to travel to destinations such as Kenya and Rome to interact with farmers, researchers and policymakers.