Faculty

Marc Abrams

Professor of Forest Ecology and Physiology

Community, historical and physiological ecology of tree species; global change biology.

Jared Ali

Assistant Professor of Entomology
Behavior and chemical ecology of multi-trophic interactions, including plant responses to below-ground herbivory and nematode. Insect community ecology, chemical ecology, and coevolution. Trophic cascades, above- and below-ground interactions,…

Julian Avery

Assistant Research Professor

Conservation biology, invasive species ecology, effects of human disturbance on biodiversity, illegal reptilian wildlife trade, animal coloration and the ecology of visual signals.

Paul Bartell

Co-Chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Neuroscience; Associate Professor of Avian Biology

The regulation of biological clocks in birds at the systems level.

Iliana Baums

Professor of Biology

Molecular ecology and evolution of reef invertebrates.

Terrence Bell

Assistant Professor of Phytobiomes

Soil and root-associated microbiomes, microbiome assembly, microbiome manipulation, disturbance.

Dave Biddinger

Research Professor; Tree Fruit Research Entomologist

Douglas Bird

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Livelihood decisions and habitats, exploring the dynamics of human subsistence practices, their role in ecosystem function, and their archaeological implications in Australia and Western North America.

Rebecca Bird

Professor of Anthropology
Gender division of labor in hunting and gathering, cooperation, costly signaling, indigenous conservation/land management, and fire ecology, drawing on theory, models, and methods from behavioral ecology and landscape ecology to answer questions…

Ottar Bjornstad

Huck Chair of Epidemiology; Distinguished Professor of Entomology and Biology; Adjunct Professor in Statistics

Population ecology and population dynamics with particular emphasis on mathematical and computational aspects

Elizabeth Boyer

Professor of Water Resources

Hydrology, Biogeochemistry, Water Quality, and Atmospheric Deposition.

Margaret Brittingham

Professor of Wildlife Resources

Avian ecology; avian response to oil and gas exploration and development; effects of habitat fragmentation on bird populations; managing wildlife on private land

Mary Ann Bruns

Associate Professor of Soil Microbiology and Biogeochemistry

Functional ecology of biogeochemically important microbial populations.

Franny Buderman

Assistant Professor of Quantitative Wildlife Ecology

Quantitative ecology, with a focus on the demography, space-use, and movement of wildlife.

Liana Burghardt

Huck Early Career Chair of Root Biology and Rhizosphere Interactions
Plant-microbe-climate interactions; the evolution and ecology of legumes and nitrogen-fixing rhizobia; the genomic basis and environment dependence of root, nodule, and mutualism traits; GWAS/transcriptomics/evolve & resequence…

Tomas Carlo-Joglar

Associate Professor of Biology

Isabella Cattadori

Associate Professor of Biology

Immuno-epidemiology of co-infection, how host immunity modulates parasite interactions and transmission and how host molecular processes explain the dynamics of infection at the population level.

Michela Centinari

Assistant Professor of Viticulture

Charles Andrew Cole

Associate Proessor of Landscape Architecture & Ecology

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

Estelle Couradeau

Assistant Professor of Ecosystem Science & Management

Shannon Cruz

Assistant Professor of Communication Arts & Sciences

Duane Diefenbach

Adjunct Asst. Professor of Wildlife Ecology; Leader, PA Coop. Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Wildlife ecology, estimation of population parameters, and harvest management of game populations.

Francisco Dini-Andreote

Assistant Professor of Plant Science

Microbiome, plant-microbe interactions, and community ecology. Harnessing the plant microbiome to enhance protection against biotic and abiotic stresses.

Patrick Drohan

Assistant 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 chemical properties in urban environments.

Jon Duncan

Assistant Professor of Hydrology

David Eissenstat

Professor of Woody Plant Physiology

Plant physiological ecology. Root biology and physiology. Plant carbon and nutrient economies.

Matthew Ferrari

Huck Career Development Professor; Associate Professor of Biology

Public Health, Quantitative Epidemiology, Population Ecology, Statistics, Computational and Mathematical Biology

Sagan Friant

Assistant Research Professor

Evolutionary anthropology of human health, disease ecology, nutrition, socio-ecological systems, bushmeat hunting, Nigeria.

Sarah Goslee

Adjunct Associate Professor of Agronomy, USDA-ARS

Landscape diversity in agricultural areas; Taxonomic and functional diversity and grassland management; Multivariate and spatial analysis for ecological data.

Christina Grozinger

Director of the Center for Pollinator Research; Director of the Insect Biodiversity Center; Publius Vergilius Maro Professor and Huck Scholar of Entomology

Genomics of social behavior and health in bees

Sara Hermann

Assistant Professor of Arthropod Ecology and Trophic Interactions

Kevin Hockett

Huck Early Career Chair; Assistant Professor of Microbial Ecology

Biological Control, Biology and Ecology of Plant-Microbe and Plant-Environment Interactions, Microbial Ecology and Population Biology Faculty

Peter Hudson

Former Director, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences; Willaman Professor of Biology

Population dynamics of infectious diseases in wildlife and the dynamics of parasite community structure.

David Hughes

Associate Professor of Entomology and Biology

Parasite manipulation of host behavior

Sarah Ivory

Assistant Professor of Geoscience

Margot Kaye

Associate Professor of Forest Ecology

Vegetation dynamics; global change ecology; interactions among vegetation, climate and human land use; dendrochronology; disturbance history; environmental change.

Jason Kaye

Chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Ecology; Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry

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

Jason Keagy

Assistant Research Professor of Wildlife Behavioral Ecology

Cognitive ecology (with studies at genome, individual, and species levels). I am particularly interested in applications for solving wildlife management problems

Armen Kemanian

Associate Professor of Production Systems and Modeling

Agricultural Systems, Agricultural and Natural Systems Modeling, Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Cycling, Bioenergy Systems, Coupled Hydrologic and Nutrient Modeling, and Plant Competition

David Kennedy

Assistant Professor of Biology

Ecology and evolution of infectious diseases, with particular interest in how disease dynamics influence pathogen emergence, virulence evolution, and drug or vaccine resistance.

Todd Lajeunesse

Professor of Biology

Microbial Ecology and Evolution

Tracy Langkilde

Professor of Biology; Dean of the Eberly College of Science

The interface of ecology and evolution to understand how an organism's traits are matched to its environment and responds to novel selective pressures imposed by global environmental change, and the consequences of this adaptation.

Jesse Lasky

Assistant Professor of Biology

Ecological and evolutionary genomics, genetic and ecophysiological basis of adaptation to environmental stress, evolutionary ecology of biological complexity.

Laura Leites

Associate Research Professor of Quantitative Forest Ecology

Adaptation to climate in forest trees, seed movement under a changing climate, forest ecosystem modeling.

Margarita Lopez-Uribe

Assistant Professor of Entomology

How environmental change and human management shape bee health and long-term persistence of their populations in agricultural areas.

Carolyn Lowry

Assistant Professor of Plant Science

Jennifer Macalady

Associate Professor of Geosciences
Microbial interactions with earth materials: soils, sediments, solutes, atmospheric gases, minerals, and rocks. Early evolution of Earth’s biosphere, including photosynthesis and sulfur cycling. Microbial ecology, environmental omics, microbial…

Erika Machtinger

Assistant Professor of Entomology

Veterinary entomology, including vector-borne diseases. Focus is on ecology and behavior associated with host-parasite interactions to improve or develop new control methods.

Carolyn Mahan

Professor of Biology

The study of biodiversity in threatened ecosystems, the effects of human-modified landscapes on wildlife, and behavioral ecology of sciurids. Dr. Mahan teaches introductory biology, environmental studies, field ecology, and evolution.

James Marden

Associate Director of Operations, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences; Professor of Biology

How physiological variation within species affects their ecology and evolution. Primarily with insects, but recently also with plants, and a particular interest in allelic variation in the pathogen resistance genes of tropical trees.

Lauren McPhillips

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

David Miller

Associate Professor of Wildlife Population Ecology

Population ecology, quantitative ecology, avian and amphibian ecology, conservation decision analysis, life-history evolution.

George Perry

Chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Bioinformatics and Genomics; Associate Professor of Anthropology and Biology

Anthropological genomics, paleogenomics, human body size evolution, parasite evolution, and evolutionary medicine.

Andrew Read

Director, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences; Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology; Eberly Professor of Biotechnology

The ecology and evolutionary genetics of infectious disease.

Tanya Renner

Assistant Professor of Entomology

Evolution of chemical and structural defense. Molecular evolution, evolutionary genomics, and transcriptomics. Origins and evolution of carnivorous plants.

Autumn Sabo

Assistant Professor of Biology
How anthropogenic stressors affect plant communities, conservation, and restoration options. Recent work has focused on how deer and silvicultural techniques impact forest understories, with future projects likely extending to rare and invasive plant…

Megan Schall

Assistant Professor of Biology

Rudolf Schilder

Associate Professor of Entomology and Biology

Comparative & ecological physiology of insect and mammalian locomotion.

Katriona Shea

Professor of Biology; Alumni Professor in the Biological Sciences

The use of ecological theory in population management.

Erica Smithwick

Director of the Ecology Institute; Professor of Geography

Uunderstanding how a wide range of disturbances, especially fire, affect ecosystem function at landscape scales.

Kim Steiner

Professor of Forest Biology; Director, The Arboretum at Penn State

The ecology, genecology, and physiological ecology of forest regeneration following disturbance.

David Toews

Assistant Professor of Biology

James Tumlinson

Director of the Center for Chemical Ecology; Ralph O. Mumma Professor of Entomology

Insect chemical ecology. Plant-insect interactions. Insect attractants.

Tyler Wagner

Adjunct Professor of Fisheries Ecology

W. David Walter

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology

Denice Wardrop

Research Professor of Geography; Director of Riparia

Howie Weiss

Professor of Biology
I am a Biomathematican and very recently moved to Penn State from Georgia Tech (I also had appointments at Emory in Public Health and PBEE). Bacteria and their viruses (phages) provide a way to study ecological and evolutionary processes in real time…

Fang (Rose) Zhu

Assistant Professor of Entomology

Understanding the mechanisms and evolution of insects’ adaptation to chemical stresses in their environment.

Karl Zimmerer

Professor of Geography
Land use and agricultural change/global change, Economic development/globalization/neoliberalism, Nature-society and human-environment theory, Environmental impacts (biodiversity/soils/water/conservation), Food/producer-consumer…