Keystone College to present lecture on the effects of Marcellus Shale development on state forests and birds

June 10th, 2015 9:34 am

First Posted: 9/4/2014

The Keystone College Concerts and Lectures Series welcomes ecologist Margaret Brittingham, Ph.D., for a lecture, “Changing Landscapes: Effects of Marcellus Shale Development on Pennsylvania Forest and Birds,” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11 in Evans Hall, Hibbard Campus Center.

Dr. Brittingham is at the forefront of research about the biological impacts of natural gas development in Pennsylvania. While the economic and water quality impacts have been closely studied, the effect on wildlife is only beginning to be known.

The presentation will explore her research on the impact energy extraction and development is having on Pennsylvania birds in order to determine community changes, and to determine which species benefit and are most vulnerable.

Dr. Brittingham is a professor of wildlife resources and the Pennsylvania State University. She earned a doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and also a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University.