Robert Loeb


Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

Robert Loeb is Professor of Biology and Forestry at The Pennsylvania State University, DuBois Campus, which is a primarily undergraduate campus of the University. His BS in Biology, Biology Education, and Environmental Science is from Long Island University. He received the Ph.D. in Biology from New York University. Professor Loeb teaches introductory biology and introductory soil science to first and second year students from a wide variety of agriculture and natural resources baccalaureate majors as well as students from the DuBois campus’ associate degree Wildlife Technology program. He designed, proposed, and is the Professor-in-Charge of the Natural Resources Minor. He is an Eisenhower Distinguished Teaching Professor, the University’s most prestigious teaching recognition.

Professor Loeb’s old growth urban forest research in the United States focuses on long-term forest ecology and factors affecting species diversity. Investigations of urban natural area forest ecology include extensive research at Radnor Lake State Natural Area in Nashville, TN. His record of peer reviewed publications includes 30 journal articles, a book chapter, and a book. As well, he is a Kenan Fellow, National Tropical Botanical Gardens and a Certified Senior Ecologist, Ecological Society of America. For the Society of American Foresters, Dr. Loeb was an Associate Editor of Urban and Community Forestry for the Journal of Forestry, is a National Conference Urban and Community Forestry Track Chair, and is a member of the Forest Technology Programs Accreditation Committee. He is a member of eight peer review journal boards including the Arboricultural Journal: The International Journal of Urban Forestry.

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Robert Loeb: Using the A Growing Concern Module in Introductory Soil Science at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State DuBois part of Integrate:Teaching for Sustainability:How the Community is Using InTeGrate Materials:Instructor Stories
The goal of Introductory Soil Science is to introduce the study of soil properties and processes and their relationships to land use, plant growth, environmental quality, and society. My offering of the course is online and serves a population of students who are primarily majors in the agricultural and earth sciences. Transforming the six units of a Growing Concern from the face-to-face format to the on-line setting resulted in valuable additions in regard to environmental quality and society.