Grad researcher studies impacts of Marcellus Shale development on state's wildlife

Grad researcher studies impacts of Marcellus Shale development on state's wildlife

Pennsylvania, a.k.a. Penn's Woods, is roughly 60 percent forest, with the largest unbroken block of trees spanning the state's north central region. Since the logging era it has re-established itself to contiguous semi-old growth forest. A lot of wildlife depend on that habitat for breeding. Since the middle of the last decade, however, the rapid expansion of Marcellus Shale drilling has been breaking up the contiguous forest. This fragmentation of the habitat may alter patterns of local wildlife from nesting to migration. Lillie Langlois, a graduate student in the College of Agricultural Sciences, is researching the effects of drilling in forest areas on the local bird populations.