People: 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,…

Paul Bartell

Associate Professor of Avian Biology

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

Iliana Baums

Associate 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

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

Associate Professor of Forest Hydrology

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.

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.

Charles Andrew Cole

Associate Proessor of Landscape Architecture & Ecology

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

Andy Deans

Professor of Entomology, Director of the Frost Entomological Museum

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.

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.

David Eissenstat

Professor of Woody Plant Physiology

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

Matthew Ferrari

Associate Professor of Biology

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

Charles Fisher

Professor

Physiological and community ecology of deep sea hydrothermal vent and cold seep fauna.

Sarah Goslee

Research Associate

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

Christina M Grozinger

Director of the Center for Pollinator Research; Distinguished Professor of Entomology

Genomics of social behavior and health in bees

Kevin Hockett

Assistant Professor of Microbial Ecology, Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

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

Peter Hudson

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

Assistant Professor of Entomology and Biology

Parasite manipulation of host behavior

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 of the 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.

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

Todd Lajeunesse

Associate Professor of Biology

Microbial Ecology and Evolution

Tracy Langkilde

Professor and Head of Biology

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

Laura Leites

Associate Research Professor

Margarita Lopez-Uribe

Assistant Professor of Entomology

Jennifer Macalady

Associate Professor of Geosciences

Erika Machtinger

Assistant Professor of Entomology

Carolyn Mahan

Professor of Biology

Biodiversity in threatened ecosystems, the effects of human-modified landscapes on wildlife, and behavioral ecology of sciurids.

James Marden

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

Physiological ecology, functional genomics, evolutionary ecology, and behavior.

David Miller

Associate Professor of Wildlife Population Ecology

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

George Perry

Harry J. and Elissa M. Sichi Early Career Professor of Anthropology; Associate Professor, Departments of Anthropology and Biology

Human and non-human primate evolutionary ecology, parasite evolutionary biology as a proxy for studying human evolution, genomics, and paleogenomics (ancient DNA).

Katriona Shea

Professor of Biology

The use of ecological theory, particularly life history-based models, in population management.

Michael Sheriff

Assistant Professor of Mammalogy & Ecology

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.

Andrew Stephenson

Distinguished Professor of Biology

The impact of inbreeding by plants on organic volatile production, herbivory and the establishment and spread of diseases. The effects of disease on the foraging behavior of vectors and their natural enemies.

Kenneth Tamminga

Distinguished Professor of Landscape Architecture

Ecological restoration; ecological design; sustainability; environmental planning; urban green infrastructure; ecology and design pedagogy.

Alan Taylor

Professor of Geography

Matthew Thomas

Professor and Huck Scholar in Ecological Entomology

The ecology and evolution of enemy-victim interactions

John Tooker

Assistant Professor of Entomology

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

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…