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Faculty Working in Global Engagement

  • Professor of Forest Ecology and Physiology


814-865-4901

Areas of Expertise:
  • Global change ecology
  • Professor of Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics
  • Co-Director, Center for Economic and Community Development
  • Adjunct Research Fellow, Australian Center for Agriculture and Law, University of New England


814-863-8640

Areas of Expertise:
  • Agricultural Economics and Policy
  • Development Economics
  • Public Sector Economics
  • Community and Regional Economics
  • Community and Rural Development
  • Comparative Rural Policy
  • Institutional and Behavioral Economics
  • Resource and Environmental Economics
  • Public Scholarship and Civic Engagement in Higher Education
  • Professor of Horticulture


814-863-2198

Areas of Expertise:
  • Informal seed systems in Southeast Asia
  • Temperate zone woody plants
  • Christmas tree management
  • Extension and advisory systems for developing countires
  • 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
  • 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
  • Department Head
  • Professor of Plant Pathology and Systematic Bacteriology


814-865-7448

Areas of Expertise:
  • Phytobacteriology
  • Translational Taxonomy
  • Systematic Bacteriology
  • Biological Control
  • Sustainable and Organic Agriculture
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Associate Professor of Agricultural and Extension Education
  • Undergraduate Program Coordinator


814-863-7463

Areas of Expertise:
  • Teacher Preparation
  • Experiential Learning
  • Agricultural Teacher Educator


814-863-0192

Areas of Expertise:
  • Agricultural Teacher Education
  • Teaching and Learning in Agriculture
  • Developing Global Competency in Agriculture
  • School-based agricultural education
  • 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
  • Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education


814-865-7521

Areas of Expertise:
  • youth leadership development
  • teaching and learning
  • Professor of Forest Resources


814-865-3994

Areas of Expertise:
  • Bioenergy
  • Agroforestry
  • Forest Economics and Finance
  • International Forestry
  • Forest Extension
  • Non Timber Forest Products
  • 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
  • Professor of Agricultural and Extension Education
  • Intergenerational Programs and Aging


814-863-7871

Areas of Expertise:
  • Developing & evaluating intergenerational initiatives in diverse settings.
  • Training Extension educators and other professionals in intergenerational programming.
  • Establishing intergenerational strategies for civic engagement and environmental design.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Assistant Dean of Graduate Education
  • Professor of Agricultural and Extension Education


814-863-7420

Areas of Expertise:
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Research Methods
  • International Agricultural Development
  • Associate Professor of Entomology and Disease Epidemiology


814-863-3668

  • Evan Pugh Professor of Biology & Entomology,
  • Eberly College of Science Distinguished Senior Scholar


814-867-2396

  • Extension Veterinarian
  • Professor of Veterinary Science


814-865-6995

Areas of Expertise:
  • Ruminant nutrition
  • Dairy herd health
  • Metabolic disease
  • Reproduction
  • Nutrition reproduction interactions
  • Small ruminants
  • Llamas and Alpacas
  • Associate Professor of Youth and International Development
  • Domestic Engaged Scholarship Faculty Lead


814-863-2695

Areas of Expertise:
  • Civic Engagement and Social Change
  • International and domestic community development
  • Associate Professor


814-867-0324

Areas of Expertise:
  • Molecular plant-microbe interactions
  • Disease resistance and abiotic stress tolerance
  • Functional genomics and biotechnology
  • Genome editing and engineering
  • Rice, tomato, potato and mushroom precision breeding
  • Gene-edited and genetically modified organisms
  • Professor Agricultural and Extension Education
  • Professor of Extension Education


814-863-7853

  • Professor of Food Science
  • Graduate Program Coordinator


814-863-2960

Areas of Expertise:
  • Food process engineering
  • Food materials science
  • Biopolymers
  • Chocolate and confectionery