The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Ecosystem ecology

Faculty in the Ecology graduate program with research interests in Ecosystem ecology

Robert Brooks
Professor of Geography and Ecology
Director, Riparia (formerly the Penn State Cooperative Wetlands Center)

Ecology, management, and restoration of wetland and riparian ecosystems.

C. Andrew Cole
Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Ecology

Ecosystem ecology: wetlands, hydrology, restoration, seed banks, plant communities, historical ecology.

Patrick Drohan
Associate Professor of Pedology

Soil formation and biogeochemistry due to land use and ecosystem change; soil and water degradation, and the remediation of soil physical and... Read more

David Eissenstat
Professor of Woody Plant Physiology, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management
Chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Ecology

Plant physiological ecology, ecosystem ecology, climate change biology, root and soil ecology.

Jason Kaye
Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry

Ecosystem ecology; global change biology; biogeochemistry of nitrogen and carbon cycling in managed and unmanaged ecosystems.

Eric Post
Professor of Biology

Climate change and its effects on life history traits and population and community dynamics.

Erica Smithwick
Assistant Professor of Geography

Landscape and ecosystem ecology. Disturbance ecology & disturbance synergies. Ecosystem simulation models. Climate change and ecosystem carbon... Read more

Denice Wardrop
Senior Research Associate
Associate Professor of Geography and Ecology

Impacts of human disturbance on wetlands; plant community dynamics; theoretical applied ecology; landscape analysis.