A fisherman's curiosity led to identification of the correlation between microbial communities in recreational freshwater locales and seasonal environmental changes, according to a team of researchers from Penn State.
A large-scale interdisciplinary effort led by Penn State, called the Global Building Network, is underway to create high-performance buildings, which are buildings capable of achieving net-zero carbon-based energy usage while increasing occupant performance and reducing health risks.
Jennifer Sliko, assistant teaching professor of earth and geosciences in the Penn State Harrisburg School of Science, Engineering, and Technology, and colleague Shirley Clark, professor of environmental engineering, are leading a group of undergraduate and graduate students to study the impact of stream restorations on the Chesapeake Bay, the world’s largest estuary and a major fishery and ecological resource.
Sarah Ryan collects water samples. The consensus of the group is that the there is value in broad restorations that reconnect the stream to its floodplain – the area of land adjacent to a stream or river.
Students Larissa Ogora and Jeremy Ricketts testing the waters of the Conoy Creek in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. The two are a part of a group studying the impact of stream restorations on the Chesapeake Bay, the world’s largest estuary and a major fishery and ecological resource.
Nutrient pollution is a major issue affecting water quality around the world: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency names it “one of America's most widespread, costly and challenging environmental problems.” The Chesapeake Bay, with some 64,000 square miles of land draining into a shallow, narrow body of water just 200 miles long, is in some respects a worst-case scenario. Over the last 10 years, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has taken a lead role in solving this problem.