Ecology Faculty and Research
Faculty associated with the Ecology Intercollege Graduate Degree Program at Penn State, and a summary of their research interests
Faculty are listed in alphabetical order by last name. To see more information about a faculty member, click on his/her name.
Victoria BraithwaiteBrain and behavior responses to stressors during different stages of development. How these promote or inhibit neurogenesis and support increased behavioral resilience
Professor of Fisheries and Biology
Co-Director, the Center for Brain, Behavior and Cognition
Laura LeitesModeling forest ecosystem responses to climatic change. Quantification and modeling of forest ecosystem attributes and processes. Development of decision support tools for adaptive forest management and conservation.
Assistant Professor of Quantitative Forest Ecology
Jennifer Miksis-OldsDr. Miksis-Olds' research employs acoustic methodologies to answer biological questions in both the marine and terrestrial environments. Her primary interests include animal behavior and communication, the effect of anthropogenic activities on animals and their environment, and the development of technology to observe animals in their natural environment. Aspects of acoustics, biology, oceanography, ecology, and engineering are combined to create the interdisciplinary approach necessary to extend the study of animals in their natural environment beyond where it is today.
Senior Research Associate/Assistant Professor
David MortensenStudies the ecology (dispersal and establishment) and management of weedy and invasive plants. The group conducts research and develops policy on sustainable approaches to invasive plantmanagement in forested and agroecosystems.
Professor of Weed Ecology / Biology
Erica SmithwickLandscape and ecosystem ecology. Disturbance ecology & disturbance synergies. Ecosystem simulation models. Climate change and ecosystem carbon storage. Fire and soil nitrogen. Microbial community composition and function. Spatial statistics.
Assistant Professor of Geography