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March 30, 2017

The senior environmental resource management major traveled to both New Zealand and Costa Rica as part of two separate embedded courses. She was first introduced to these study-abroad opportunities through her major’s coursework.

Students at the Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand when the course traveled over winter break 2014-2015. Photo Credit Jose Bonetti
December 6, 2016

The Environmental Resource Management Program is currently planning a new embedded study abroad program for next winter break to the Patagonia region of South America. This program will travel during winter break of 2017 through 2018 and will start with a stay in Santiago, Chile.

ERM Alumni, Program Advisors, and Students at the Nittany Lion Inn
December 6, 2016

Students in the Environmental Resource Management Program had the opportunity to meet with alumni on Friday, December 2, 2016, to discuss their careers in the environmental field. ERM alumni included: Chelsea Fitzpatrick, a water resource designer for Meliora Design, Luis Muñoz, an associate consultant at GHD Services Inc., and Robert Reiser, a hydrologist with the US Geologic Survey. Also in attendance was an alumni of the Masters of Environmental Pollution Control Program, Heidi Kunka, who is currently the Director of the Green Building Council for Central Pennsylvania. The alumni took part in a panel discussion for the Environmental Resource Management Program in which they told students about the positions they have held during their time at Penn State and since graduation. Students had the opportunity to ask the alumni questions and gain valuable insight into their careers in the environmental field. This networking event is part of a yearly tradition in which alumni of the ERM Program return to Penn State to talk with students about their experiences in the career field. Photo Credit: Penn State

April 8, 2016

ERM 497: Rural Road Ecology & Maintenance is a new course for Fall 2016-taught by Eric Chase of the Larson Institute. It explores the interaction of natural systems with unpaved and low-volume paved roads. After completing the course, students will be Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance (ESM) certified under Pennsylvania’s Dirt, Gravel and Low Volume Road Maintenance Program.

Soils Juding Team going to National Competition
October 22, 2015

The team will attend Nationals in the Spring at the University of Kansas in Manhattan (the week of April 3rd). Traveling to contests is a great experience for the students, but costly, Drohan pointed out. He urged anyone interested in supporting the team to contribute to the squad's travel fund here:

August 27, 2015

Dr. James Shortle, ENRI Director, with assistance from a multidisciplinary team of colleagues at Penn State writes a report for the PA Department of Environmental Protection on the impact of climate change in Pennsylvania.

November 22, 2013

Herschel Elliott P.E., Ph.D. - Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering has been awarded the Community of Teaching Excellence Award by the Faculty Awards Committee and standing members of the Academy of Teaching Excellence in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State.

Dr. Shannon awarded 2013 Community of Advising Excellence Award
November 21, 2013

Dr. Robert Shannon has been selected by the Faculty Awards Committee, and standing members of the Academy of Advising Excellence, as a recipient of the 2013 Community of Advising Excellence Award. The Community of Advising Excellence recognizes outstanding academic advisers in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

ERM Students Volunteer at Riparian Buffer
August 8, 2013

ERM students and faculty, working with ClearWater Conservancy, have adopted two riparian buffer sites in Centre County. "The goal of ClearWater's Riparian Conservation Program is to improve stream quality in the Spring Creek watershed through the program’s four areas of focus: stream assessment, stewardship, restoration, and protection. The program educates streamside landowners on the role of vegetated buffers, restores streamside buffers in the watershed, and permanently protects riparian areas through conservation easements."-Clearwater Conservancy Students are involved in maintaining plantings, and ensuring the long-term success of these buffers.

July 1, 2012

Patrick Drohan, assistant professor of pedology, Margaret Brittingham, professor of wildlife research, and Joseph Bishop, research assistant, were recently featured in the CSA News article: “Fracking’s Footprint: Impact of Shale Gas Development on Pennsylvania’s Forests”. The article can be found at the following link:

January 3, 2012

Justin Kauffman let his love of hunting, fishing and the outdoors guide him to the right Penn State major and to a meaningful internship helping to protect natural resources. The York, Pa., native graduated from the College of Agricultural Sciences in December with a degree in Environmental Resource Management and a minor in Watersheds and Water Resources.

December 7, 2011

A team of five students from the College of Engineering and the College of Agricultural Sciences won the 2011 Ag Business Springboard Competition. The winning team was chosen on Nov. 14 out of five finalist groups and was awarded the $5,000 grand prize. Members of Team Baobab PSU include team leader Matt Zellers, a senior in mechanical engineering; Leigh Lesnick, a senior in mechanical engineering; Alyssa Joslin, a junior in industrial engineering; Imran Hussain, a junior in immunology and infectious diseases; and Tyler Yost, a junior in environmental resource management.

November 15, 2011

During a time when most students are stressing over finals, Penn State ERM junior Steven Hay will be heading to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

November 11, 2011

Two teams from the college recently took first and fourth places in group judging at the regional soil judging competition at the University of Rhode Island, qualifying to compete in the national event hosted by West Virginia University in March.

August 24, 2011

After completing several short work experiences with various Pennsylvania state agencies, Cody Cogan was ready for something different when he interned with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this summer. He found the switch from the hands-on, field-based work he had been doing -- which he thoroughly enjoyed -- to an office setting in Washington, D.C., where he developed computer models to determine the effects of pesticides on aquatic ecosystems, challenging but rewarding. "It was great to know that what I did every day actually made a difference that I could see," he said.

July 26, 2011

A team of two Penn State ERM students recently placed in the top half of competitors at the first Northern Region qualifying event for the FLW College Bass Fishing Tournament. Finishing 15th out of 40 teams, the result was actually a bit of a disappointment for team members Grae Buck and Jessica Moldofsky. They were hoping to win the tournament after landing first place at last year's Lake Erie Regional, resulting in the $10,000 prize being awarded to Penn State's Bass Fishing Club.

May 3, 2011

Senior ERM students create videos for their Case Studies in Ecosystems Management (ERM 413W) course. Topics include sustainability, bioeconomy, Marcellus Shale drilling impacts, and nutrient management issues and the Chesapeake Bay. Check them out!

May 2, 2011

ERM student Amanda Miller (class of 2011-Environmental Science option, Marine Sciences minor) studies a semester abroad at the University of Queensland in Australia.

Sherman Rowing
March 31, 2011

Mary Susan Sherman has Alaskan National Park Internship. While in Alaska, Sherman was based in Coal Creek Camp in central Alaska near the Yukon River.

November 29, 2010

Penn State alumna Victoria Kilbert dove head first into the job market and resurfaced in the Chesapeake Bay. Sort of.