Environment


January 03, 2015

Even for seasoned agricultural and soil scientists, the concept of modeling can be foreign. Making models more familiar and promoting their study...

extreme soil erosion
December 29, 2014

Soil is strong yet fragile, reliable yet unstable, and resilient yet susceptible to change.

These are all especially true when humans and...

sprinklers running at Living Filter
December 08, 2014

Less than a mile from the edge of the bustling Penn State University campus lies 600 acres of cropland and forests crisscrossed with irrigation...

Biochar photo by Zach Dowell
November 26, 2014

Interest has never been higher in adding charcoal, or “biochar,” to agricultural systems, where it’s touted as a way to boost...

Tree island in Everglades
November 17, 2014

Rising just a few feet above the Everglades’ vast marshes, “tree islands” are dry roosting and resting spots for birds and...

Minnesota river bank
November 11, 2014

In recent years, many lakes in the upper Midwest have been experiencing unprecedented algae blooms. These blooms threaten fish and affect...

Wetland plants
October 23, 2014

Dense stands of wetland plants excel at taking up nutrients and trapping sediment, so their presence signals improved water quality downstream,...

aerial photo of winding river
October 17, 2014

We rarely think about what happens to the soap that runs down the drain as we wash our hands. And what about the last bit of that cold coffee that...

Pipes draining from farmfield into stream
October 10, 2014

It’s been largely ignored in the past as a route for phosphorus loss from farms, but the buried network of drainage pipes known as the tile...

researcher near excavated forest soil
September 19, 2014

We go for hikes in the woods to spend time with nature. We look around to appreciate the mammals, birds, trees, grasses, and flowers of the forest...