Environmental Resilience

Our scientists examine the ability of natural systems to recover from disturbances and to tolerate or adapt to changing climate. In addition, members of the college work to improve our understanding of the risks facing both natural and managed systems as a result of global change factors, such as climate change, land-use change and nutrient pollution.

As a land-grant university, it is Penn State’s charge to address the challenges posed by climate change, nutrient pollution, forest fragmentation and other land-use practices. To do so, researchers in the College of Agricultural Sciences are investigating the resilience—the ability of a natural system to respond to a disturbance by resisting damage and recovering quickly—of Pennsylvania’s ecosystems, as well as the factors that impact resilience, such as invasive insects and pathogens.

Research Expertise

Research Videos

The Phosphorus Paradox: this is the story of phosphorus, the first element isolated and discovered by modern science.

The Sustainable Watersheds Program at Penn State: this program engages local watershed partners and provide increased engaged scholarship opportunities for Penn State students.

Office for Research and Graduate Education

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217 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802-2600