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Faculty Working in Environmental Resilience

  • Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Economics


814-865-2562

Areas of Expertise:
  • Natural Resource Economics
  • Environmental and Energy Policy Analysis
  • Water Resources Management
  • Institutional Economics
  • Public Issues Education
  • Professor of Forest Ecology and Physiology


814-865-4901

Areas of Expertise:
  • Global change ecology
  • Senior Lecturer and Research Associate
  • Wildlife Ecology and Conservation


Areas of Expertise:
  • Invasion Ecology
  • Population Genetics
  • Wildlife Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Conservation Biology
  • Professor of Entomology


814-863-2982

Areas of Expertise:
  • Soil Entomology and Ecology
  • Sustainable and Organic Agriculture
  • Insect Pathology
  • Women and Gender in Science
  • Women and Agriculture
  • Professor of Veterinary, Wildlife, and Ecological Toxicology


814-863-9422

Areas of Expertise:
  • Veterinary, Wildlife, and Ecological Toxicology
  • One Health
  • Declining Amphibians
  • Mycotoxins
  • Cyanobacterial (blue-green algal) toxins
  • Distinguished Professor of Agronomy


814-863-1016

Areas of Expertise:
  • Soil Fertility
  • Soil Testing
  • Nutrient Management
  • Manure Management
  • Assistant Professor of Phytobiomes


814-865-9653

Areas of Expertise:
  • High-throughput sequencing
  • Crop-associated microbiomes
  • Impacts of disturbance on plant-microbe relationships
  • Environmental microbiology
  • Associate Professor of Rural Sociology


814-865-7321

Areas of Expertise:
  • Energy and Society, specifically Community Impacts of Marcellus Shale Development
  • Community Development and Public Engagement
  • Water Quality
  • Environmental Governance Systems
  • Women in Agriculture
  • Professor of Wildlife Resources
  • Extension Wildlife Specialist


814-863-8442

Areas of Expertise:
  • Avian ecology
  • Effects of shale gas development on forests and birds
  • forest songbirds
  • Human impacts on bird population
  • Wildlife habitat management on private lands
  • Landscaping for birds and wildlife
  • Professor of Plant Stress Biology


814-863-2260

Areas of Expertise:
  • Root phenomics
  • Anatomical traits affecting water and nutrient acquisition
  • Genome-wide association studies
  • Root hairs
  • Associate Professor of Soil Science/Microbial Ecology


814-863-0779

Areas of Expertise:
  • Soil microbiology
  • Nitrogen cycle
  • Soil quality
  • Ecological restoration
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Professor of Molecular Genetics
  • Director of The Schatz Center for Tree Molecular Genetics


814-863-9164

Areas of Expertise:
  • Genomics
  • Conservation Genetics
  • Renewable Energy
  • Biotechnology
  • Professor of Maize Genetics


814-865-1159

Areas of Expertise:
  • Epigenetics
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Plant-pathogen interactions
  • Maize Genetics
  • Sorghum Genetics
  • Flavonoids
  • Phytoalexins
  • Plant-fungus interactions
  • Plant-insect interactions
  • Plant-Environment interactions
  • Assistant Professor and Research Associate
  • Director, Southeast Agricultural Research & Extension Center


717-653-4728

Areas of Expertise:
  • Corn Disease
  • Soybean Disease
  • Wheat Disease
  • Field Crops Disease Management
  • Professor of Horticulture and Plant Ecosystem Health


814-865-5587

Areas of Expertise:
  • Air Pollution Injury on Plants
  • Air Quality and Ecosystem Responses
  • Environmental Plant Physiology
  • Vegetable Crops
  • Photomorphogenesis (light regulated plant growth)
  • Adjunct Professor of Wildlife Ecology
  • Leader, PA Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit


814-865-3992

Areas of Expertise:
  • biometrics
  • white-tailed deer
  • harvest management
  • population estimation
  • Associate Professor of Pedology


814-863-4246

Areas of Expertise:
  • Soil Science
  • Watershed Management
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Associate Professor of Soil Management and Applied Soil Physics


814-863-7637

Areas of Expertise:
  • no-tillage
  • cover crops
  • soil compaction
  • soil health
  • soil erosion
  • soil conservation
  • nitrogen fixation
  • Professor of Woody Plant Physiology
  • Chair of Ecology Intercollege Graduate Degree Program


814-863-3371

Areas of Expertise:
  • Root biology and ecology
  • Mycorrhizal ecology
  • Plant Physiological Ecology
  • Plant Ecology
  • Global Change Biology
  • Belowground Ecology
  • Fruit tree physiology
  • Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Fate And Control Of Pollutants In Soils And Water


814-863-2062

Areas of Expertise:
  • Fate And Control Of Pollutants In Soils And Water
  • Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Field Crop Pathology


814-865-0680

Areas of Expertise:
  • Integrated management of field crop diseases
  • Plant disease epidemiology
  • Statistical methods for the agricultural sciences
  • Professor of Forest Resources
  • Ibberson Chair of Forest Resource Management
  • Pennsylvania Extension Forester
  • Director of Center for Private Forests at Penn State
  • Co-Chair Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment


814-863-0402

Areas of Expertise:
  • Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
  • Forest Regeneration
  • Sustainable Forest Management
  • Professor of Entomology


814-863-7788

Areas of Expertise:
  • Insect population dynamics
  • IPM
  • Professor of Plant Genetics


814-865-5408

Areas of Expertise:
  • Plant genetics and breeding
  • Molecular breeding
  • Biotic stresses
  • Abiotic stresses
  • Plant nutritional quality
  • Tomato
  • Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Natural Resource Engineering


814-863-1817

Areas of Expertise:
  • Emerging Contaminants
  • Contaminant Fate and Transport
  • Environmental Hydrology
  • Professor and Interim Department Head
  • Director, Fusarium Research Center


814-865-9773

Areas of Expertise:
  • Fusarium and Aspergillus
  • Fungal genetics
  • Fungal systematics and evolution
  • Fungal plant and animal pathogens
  • Professor of Entomology
  • Director, Center for Pollinator Research


814-865-2214

Areas of Expertise:
  • Pollinators
  • Honey Bees
  • Social Insects
  • Genomics
  • Immunity
  • Behavior
  • Physiology
  • Associate Professor Vegetable Pathology


814-865-7328

Areas of Expertise:
  • Integrated vegetable disease management
  • Plant pathogen diagnosis
  • Disease monitoring and forecasting
  • Sustainable crop production
  • Professor of Rural Sociology


814-863-8628

Areas of Expertise:
  • food systems
  • sustainable agriculture
  • agrarian change
  • sustainability
  • Professor of Entomology


814-863-6369

Areas of Expertise:
  • Biological control
  • Invasive species
  • Symbiosis
  • Tritrophic interactions
  • Insect pathology
  • Chemical ecology
  • Professor of Dairy Nutrition


814-863-3669

Areas of Expertise:
  • Dairy Nutrition
  • Protein Nutrition of Dairy Cows
  • Rumen Fermentation
  • Nitrogen Utilization
  • Methane Mitigation
  • Environment
  • Assistant Professor of Forest Resources


  • Associate Professor
  • Coordinator and Adviser of the Minor in Plant Pathology


814-863-2355

Areas of Expertise:
  • Population biology
  • Ecology of plant-associated microorganisms
  • Fusarium and Verticillium wilts
  • Tombros Early Career Professor
  • Associate Professor, Turfgrass Management
  • Director, Golf Course Turfgrass Management Program


814-865-3007

Areas of Expertise:
  • Turfgrass Science
  • Turfgrass Management
  • Agronomy
  • Golf Course Management
  • Turfgrass pathology
  • plant pathology
  • Weed management
  • Professor


814-863-3846

Areas of Expertise:
  • Biocontrol
  • Bioinformatics
  • Fungal genetics and genomics
  • Microbial chemical ecology
  • Molecular diagnosis of plant pathogens
  • Associate Professor of Crop Production / Ecology


814-863-3179

Areas of Expertise:
  • Agroecology
  • Conservation & Dairy Cropping Systems
  • Soil & nutrient conservation, perennials, cover crops
  • Pasture ecology and grazing management
  • Associate Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry


814-863-1614

Areas of Expertise:
  • Ecosystem ecology
  • Nitrogen cycle
  • Carbon cycle
  • Forest ecosystems
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Associate Professor of Forest Ecology


814-865-4841

Areas of Expertise:
  • Global change ecology
  • Forest ecology
  • Dendrochronology
  • Community ecology
  • Associate Professor of Production Systems and Modeling


814-863-9852

Areas of Expertise:
  • Agroecosystems
  • Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Cycling
  • Hydrologic and Nutrient Cycling Modeling
  • Environmental Biophysics
  • Plant Ecophysiology
  • Distinguished Professor of Clay Mineralogy


814-865-1542

Areas of Expertise:
  • Materials from plants and plant by-products
  • Use of clays for remediation;Slow release fertilizers with minerals
  • Associate Professor


814-863-7232

Areas of Expertise:
  • Mycotoxins
  • Endophytes
  • Fusarium
  • Fungal genetics
  • Fungal secondary metabolites
  • Agricultural biosecurity
  • Assistant Professor of Quantitative Forest Ecology


814-865-4244

  • Professor of Hydropedology/Soil Hydrology


814-865-6726

Areas of Expertise:
  • Hydropedology, Soil Physics, Hydrology, Pedology
  • Critical Zone Science, Ecosystem Science, Complexity Science
  • Geospatial and Environmental Modeling, Scientific Visualization
  • Professor of Plant Nutrition


814-863-2256

Areas of Expertise:
  • crop physiology
  • plant adaptation to abiotic stress
  • plant genetics
  • simulation modeling
  • Associate Professor


814-863-7646

Areas of Expertise:
  • Fire blight resistance in apple trees
  • Biologically-based approaches to fire blight disease control
  • Development of citrus greening-resistant citrus varieties
  • Molecular genetics of Erwinia amylovora pathogenicity
  • Development of tomatoes resistant to bacterial canker disease
  • Understanding rootstock-scion interactions in grafted apple trees
  • Head and Professor, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management


814-863-7093

Areas of Expertise:
  • Silviculture
  • Forest Ecology
  • Forest Soils
  • Professor of Geography


814-863-7207

Areas of Expertise:
  • remote sensing
  • GIS
  • soils
  • geomorphology
  • land change
  • Forest Stewardship Program Associate


814-865-3208

Areas of Expertise:
  • Forest stewardship
  • Private forest landowners
  • Woodland care
  • Collaborative learning
  • Action research
  • Peer-to-peer education
  • Professor of Reproductive Physiology
  • Associate Director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences


814-441-2657

Areas of Expertise:
  • Reproductive Biology
  • Assisted Reproductive Technologies
  • Animal Science
  • Dairy production
  • Agricultural Biotechnology
  • Agricultural Sustainability
  • Graduate Training
  • Undergraduate Instruction
  • Senior Lecturer


814-863-8644

Areas of Expertise:
  • Environmental Planning
  • Community Development
  • Landscape Systems Design
  • Assistant Professor, Tree Fruit Pathology


717-677-6116

Areas of Expertise:
  • Apple and pear diseases
  • Peach, cherry, other stone fruit diseases
  • Tree fruit disease management
  • Assistant Professor


814-865-5616

Areas of Expertise:
  • Storm water management
  • Watershed modeling
  • Application of optimization tools in watershed analysis
  • Ecohydrological impacts of climate and land use change
  • Associate Professor, Ecosystem Science and Management


814-865-0679

Areas of Expertise:
  • Natural Resources Systems Analysis
  • Forest Products Economics
  • Wood Industry Operations Research
  • Wood Identification and Taxonomy
  • Professor, Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, and Biology
  • Sir Walter Murdoch Adjunct Professor, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia


814-865-2292

Areas of Expertise:
  • Adaptation to extreme environments with microbes
  • Associate Professor of Horticultural Systems Management


814-863-2433

Areas of Expertise:
  • Sustainable vegetable systems
  • Organic vegetable systems
  • Field vegetable production systems
  • High tunnel vegetable production systems
  • Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Coordinator, Environmental Resource Management Program
  • Assistant ENRI Director for Environmental Education
  • Water Resources


814-865-6942

Areas of Expertise:
  • Wetland biogeochemistry
  • Riparian wetlands
  • Construction of wetlands for waste treatment
  • Pollutant impacts on aquatic systems
  • Senior Lecturer in Forest Resources and Extension Education
  • Natural Resources & Youth Extension Specialist


814-865-4261

Areas of Expertise:
  • Youth and Natural Resources Education
  • Forest Stewardship
  • Natural Resources Volunteerism
  • Private Forestland Management
  • Connecting Youth with Nature
  • Forest Dendrology and Botany
  • Associate Professor of Equine Science


814-865-0698

Areas of Expertise:
  • Nutritional Influences on Growth and Development
  • Mammalian Patterns of Growth
  • Dietary Energy Sources Impact on Metabolism
  • Gastrointestinal Permeability
  • Gastrointestinal Health and Inflammation
  • Grazing Strategies for Horse Health and Performance
  • Equine Pasture and Manure Management Practices
  • Professor of Environmental Soil Science


814-863-7640

Areas of Expertise:
  • Composting and compost utilization
  • Mined land reclamation
  • Restoration of degraded soils
  • Biomass crop production
  • Associate Professor of Entomology
  • Extension Specialist


814-865-7082

Areas of Expertise:
  • Insect ecology
  • Plant-insect interactions
  • Conservation biological control
  • Chemical ecology
  • Gall insects
  • Adjunct Professor of Fisheries Ecology
  • Assistant Unit Leader, PA Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit


814-865-6592

Areas of Expertise:
  • Fisheries ecology
  • Hierarchical modeling
  • Macrosystems ecology
  • Ecological stressors
  • Species of management concern
  • Monitoring and assessment
  • Assistant Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics


814-865-9216

Areas of Expertise:
  • Environmental Economics
  • Urban and Land Use Economics
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Nonmarket Valuation
  • Policy Analysis
  • Professor of Food Science
  • Graduate Program Coordinator


814-863-2960

Areas of Expertise:
  • Food process engineering
  • Food materials science
  • Biopolymers
  • Chocolate and confectionery
  • Assistant Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics


814-863-8247

Areas of Expertise:
  • environmental and resource economics
  • land economics
  • spatial modeling
  • non-market valuation