To meet coming challenges of climate change and increasing human population, agriculture must reduce its required inputs of energy, water, and chemicals while simultaneously increasing crop productivity and producer profitability and improving soil health.

Faculty Working in this Area

  • Professor of Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics and Demography
  • Agribusiness Management Program Coordinator

Areas of Expertise

  • Economic and environmental sustainability of agriculture
  • Global food and agricultural markets
  • Natural resource economics
  • Climate change adaptation and mitigation
  • Assistant professor of Entomology/Arthropod ecology

Areas of Expertise

  • Insect plant interactions
  • Integrated pest management
  • Chemical ecology
  • Molecular biology
  • Assistant Professor of Entomology

Areas of Expertise

  • Entomology & Nematology
  • Insect-Plant Interactions
  • Behavioral Ecology
  • Chemical Ecology
  • Multi-trophic Interactions
  • Assistant Professor of Entomology

Areas of Expertise

  • Social behavior
  • Chemical ecology
  • Pollinator's health
  • Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Bumble bees
  • Professor of Food Science
  • Director for Education by Non-Traditional Delivery

Areas of Expertise

  • Food engineering and modeling
  • Heat and mass transfer during food processing
  • Microwaveable food product development
  • Chocolate processing
  • High pressure processing
  • Distinguished Professor of Entomology and Chemical Ecology
  • Director, Center for Chemical Ecology
  • Professor of Entomology

Areas of Expertise

  • Soil Entomology and Ecology
  • Sustainable and Organic Agriculture
  • Insect Pathology
  • Women and Gender in Science
  • Women and Agriculture
  • Assistant Professor of Phytobiomes

Areas of Expertise

  • High-throughput sequencing
  • Crop-associated microbiomes
  • Impacts of disturbance on plant-microbe relationships
  • Environmental microbiology
  • Microbial products
  • Professor of Mushrooms

Areas of Expertise

  • Mushroom cultivation
  • Composting
  • Mushroom nutrition and physiology
  • IPM and Disease Management for Mushroom cultivation
  • Mushroom extension services for the North American mushroom industry
  • Vernon E. Norris Faculty Fellow of Poultry Nutrition
  • Assistant Professor of Poultry Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Poultry Nutrition
  • Feed Manufacturing
  • Pellet Quality
  • Professor of Plant Stress Biology

Areas of Expertise

  • Root phenomics
  • Anatomical traits affecting water and nutrient acquisition
  • Genome-wide association studies
  • Root hairs
  • Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Evolutionary Ecology of Legumes and Rhizobia
  • Plant-microbe-climate interactions
  • Mutualism Evolution
  • Bio-inoculants and leguminous cover crops
  • Biological Nitrogen Fixation
  • Individual-based modeling
  • Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS)
  • Evolve and Resequence
  • Associate Professor of Viticulture

Areas of Expertise

  • Wine grape production
  • Grapevine physiology
  • cover crops
  • cold temperature stress
  • Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology
  • Research Associate, Rock Ethics Institute

Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental sociology
  • Food and agricultural ethics
  • Science, knowledge, and technology
  • Culture and consumption
  • Social psychology
  • Animals and society
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • Smart sensing systems for precision agriculture
  • Robotics/machine vision applications in specialty crop production
  • Deep learning and big data analysis for detecting/assessing crop health
  • Unmanned aerial system (UAS) in agriculture
  • Automation of agricultural production system
  • Professor of Maize Genetics

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 Research Professor
  • Director, Southeast Agricultural Research & Extension Center

Areas of Expertise

  • Corn Disease
  • Soybean Disease
  • Wheat Disease
  • Hemp Production
  • Field Crops Disease Management
  • Associate Professor of Dairy Cattle Genetics
  • Undergraduate Adviser, Dairy, Genetics
  • Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Bioprocess and Food Safety Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • Bioprocess Engineering/Fermentation: Bioconversion of agricultural raw and waste commodities into value added products including bioenergy/biofuels, microbial enzymes, organic acids, polysaccharides, antimicrobial agents; optimization; novel bioreactors; downstream processing.
  • Food Engineering/Food Safety : inactivation of pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms by using novel non-thermal processing technologies including pulsed UV light, electrolyzed oxidizing water, and ozone.
  • Assistant Professor of Vegetable Crop Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Sustainable vegetable production systems
  • Plant nutrition, soil fertility and irrigation management
  • Alternatives to chemical soil fumigation
  • Vegetable response to abiotic stress
  • Vegetable quality
  • Agrobiodiversity and novel vegetable products
  • Agronomic biofortification
  • Assistant Professor of Phytobiomes

Areas of Expertise

  • Microbial community ecology
  • Plant-microbe interaction
  • Environmental microbiology
  • Soil microbiology
  • Ecological resilience and resistance
  • Causes and consequences of biodiversity
  • Associate Clinical Professor
  • Avian Pathologist and Field Investigator

Areas of Expertise

  • Emphasis on diagnosis and control of infectious diseases of poultry, waterfowl, gamebirds.
  • Board certification in the American College of Poultry Veterinarians.
  • Assistant Research Professor in Storage Root Physiology

Areas of Expertise

  • Root Crop Physiology
  • Abiotic Stress
  • Breeding for Environmental Stress Resistance
  • Phenotyping and Database Management
  • Morphometrics of Flowers and Other Plant Organs
  • Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Field Crop Pathology

Areas of Expertise

  • Integrated management of field crop diseases
  • Plant disease epidemiology
  • Statistical methods for the agricultural sciences
  • Professor of Entomology

Areas of Expertise

  • Insect population dynamics
  • IPM
  • Professor of Plant Genetics

Areas of Expertise

  • Plant genetics and breeding
  • Molecular breeding
  • Biotic stresses
  • Abiotic stresses
  • Plant nutritional quality
  • Tomato
  • Assistant Professor of Food Animal Microbiomes

Areas of Expertise

  • Microbiome
  • Epidemiology
  • Food Production Systems
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Dairy Cattle
  • Mastitis
  • Animal Health and Productivity
  • Professor of Rural Sociology and Science, Technology, and Society
  • Professor of Vegetable Pathology
  • Director of Graduate Studies

Areas of Expertise

  • Integrated vegetable disease management
  • Plant pathogen diagnosis
  • Disease monitoring and forecasting
  • Sustainable crop production
  • J. Franklin Styer Professor of Horticultural Botany and Professor of Plant Molecular Biology

Areas of Expertise

  • Plant Genomics and Genetics
  • Plant Molecular Biology
  • Theobroma cacao (cocoa)
  • Director, Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center (FREC)
  • Professor of Agricultural Economics

Areas of Expertise

  • Farm Management
  • Risk Management
  • Production Economics
  • Professor of Nutritional Physiology

Areas of Expertise

  • Milk fat synthesis
  • Rumen fatty acid metabolism
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • Mechanization and Automation for Specialty Crops
  • Robotic Solutions for Agricultural Applications
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Electro-Hydraulic Control System
  • Professor & Department Head of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • Engineering for specialty crop production systems
  • Quality evaluation of specialty crops
  • Professor of Dairy Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Heifer nutrition and management
  • Effective fiber for dairy cows
  • Assistant Professor of Arthropod Ecology and Trophic Interactions

Areas of Expertise

  • Predator-Prey Interactions
  • Arthropod Ecology
  • Behavioral Ecology
  • Chemical Ecology
  • Biological Control
  • Professor of Rural Sociology

Areas of Expertise

  • food systems
  • sustainable agriculture
  • agrarian change
  • sustainability transitions
  • Associate Professor of Dairy Science
  • Dairy Extension Team

Areas of Expertise

  • Dairy Advisory Teams
  • Integrated Dairy Management
  • Professor of Entomology
  • Center for Chemical Ecology
  • Center for Pollinator Research

Areas of Expertise

  • Biology and ecology of invasive species
  • Insect-microbial symbiosis
  • Tritrophic interactions
  • Insect virology
  • Pollination of forest trees
  • Distinguished Professor of Dairy Nutrition

Areas of Expertise

  • Dairy Nutrition
  • Protein Nutrition of Dairy Cows
  • Rumen Fermentation
  • Nitrogen Utilization
  • Methane Mitigation
  • Environment
  • Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Aerobiology
  • Food security
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Professor of Forest Resources

Areas of Expertise

  • Water Energy Food Nexus
  • Bioenergy
  • Agroforestry
  • Forest Economics and Finance
  • International Forestry
  • Forest Extension
  • Non Timber Forest Products
  • Director, Animal Diagnostic Laboratory
  • Professor, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
  • Coordinator, One Health Minor

Areas of Expertise

  • Diagnostic Microbiology
  • Veterinary Public Health
  • Food Safety
  • Epidemiology
  • New and Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • Professor of Turfgrass Science
  • Associate Head, Department of Plant Science
  • Director, Golf Course Turfgrass Management Program

Areas of Expertise

  • Turfgrass Science
  • Turfgrass Management
  • Agronomy
  • Golf Course Management
  • Turfgrass Pathology
  • Weed management
  • Professor of Horticultural Marketing and Business Management
  • Affiliate Appointment: Agribusiness Management, Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Areas of Expertise

  • Alcoholic beverage trends
  • Wine consumer attitudes and behaviors
  • Produce and ethnic food marketing
  • Retail layout and design
  • Promotional strategies
  • Extension Tree Fruit Entomologist
  • Research Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Insect plant interactions
  • Integrated pest management
  • Biological control
  • Tree fruit insect pests
  • Insects rearing
  • Laboratory and field bioassays
  • Invasive insect pests
  • Pesticide resistance
  • Clinical Professor and Head of Microbiology Section
  • Associate Director, Animal Diagnostic Lab

Areas of Expertise

  • Infectious diseases
  • Pathogen-host interactions
  • Zoonotic and Emerging Viruses
  • Vaccines and therapeutic development
  • Immune responses to viruses
  • Viral pathogenesis
  • Diagnostic assay development
  • Professor of Turfgrass Science
  • Director of Graduate Studies in Agricultural and Environmental Plant Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Turfgrass weed management
  • Turfgrass nutrient management
  • Irrigation water quality
  • Composts as soil amendments
  • Evaluation of turfgrass species and cultivars
  • Management and selection of grasses for non-mowed/naturalized areas
  • Associate Clinical Professor
  • Avian Diagnostic and Outreach Veterinarian

Areas of Expertise

  • Diagnostic pathology – avian species
  • Field diagnostic investigations – chickens, turkeys, upland gamebirds, waterfowl, hatchery, and processing
  • Emphasis on diagnosis, prevention, and control of infectious diseases of commercial poultry
  • Turkey production medicine, including clostridial diseases and reoviral hepatitis
  • Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Machinery and Biomass Logistics
  • Program contact for Agricultural Systems Management Minor; Off-Road Equipment Minor

Areas of Expertise

  • Agricultural Machinery
  • Machine design and test
  • Biomass harvesting, handling and logistics
  • Biomass in-field processing and densification
  • Hydraulics and Pneumatic system design and test
  • Professor of Animal Genomics
  • Undergraduate Adviser
  • Graduate Faculty in Animal Science, Bioinformatics and Genomics (BG), and Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Biosciences (MCIBS) programs.

Areas of Expertise

  • Structural, functional and comparative genomics
  • Animal breeding and genetics
  • Epigenetics/epigenomics
  • Mammalian sex (X and Y) chromosome and evolution
  • Ruminant Y-linked genes and male fertility
  • Testis development and spermatogenesis
  • Clinical Professor
  • Avian Virologist
  • Section Head, Avian Virology

Areas of Expertise

  • Avian Virology- Isolation/Identification of Various Avian Viruses
  • Animal Models for Pathogenicity and Vaccine-Challenge Studies
  • Avian Influenza Virus Monoclonal Antibodies & Assays Development
  • Avian Reovirus Genotyping and Full Genomic Characterizations
  • NGS-Next Generation Sequencing in Diagnostic Virology
  • Molecular & Monoclonal-based Virology Assays Development
  • Biosensor and Nanotechnology Assays in Virus Detection
  • Assistant Clinical Professor
  • Resident in Pathology

Areas of Expertise

  • Veterinary Pathology
  • Veterinary Public Health
  • University Distinguished Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • crop ecophysiology
  • plant adaptation to abiotic stress
  • plant genetics
  • simulation modeling
  • Lorenzo L. Langstroth Early Career Professor
  • Assistant Professor of Entomology
  • Lloyd and Dottie Huck Chair of Functional Genomics
  • Professor of Biology
  • Professor of Plant Science
  • Professor of Horticulture

Areas of Expertise

  • Tree and Small Fruit Physiology
  • Fruit production systems
  • Data Analysis
  • Research Professor of Plant Biotechnology

Areas of Expertise

  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Plant Functional Genomics
  • Plant Tissue Culture
  • Plant Propagation
  • Plant Disease Resistance
  • Plant – Microbes Interactions
  • Program Coordinator, Turfgrass Science Major
  • Professor of Soil Science
  • Director, Center for Sports Surface Research

Areas of Expertise

  • Turfgrass Soil Physical Properties
  • Playing surface characterization and safety
  • Athletic Field and Golf Course Drainage
  • Athletic Field and Golf Course Construction and Maintenance
  • Associate Research Professor
  • Mushroom Science and Technology Minor Advisor
  • Director, Mushroom Research Center
  • and Mushroom Spawn Lab

Areas of Expertise

  • Compost Microbiology
  • Mushroom Cultivation
  • Composting
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Associate Research Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Potato
  • Potato diseases
  • Professor of Reproductive Biology

Areas of Expertise

  • Endocrinology
  • Ovarian Cancer Research
  • Reproductive Biology
  • Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics

Areas of Expertise

  • Local Food Systems
  • Agritourism
  • Craft beverage industry
  • Value added agriculture
  • Farm management
  • Economics of Animal and Zoonotic Diseases
  • Professor of Pomology

Areas of Expertise

  • Tree fruit production
  • Orchard management systems
  • Crop load management of tree fruit
  • Fruit tree pruning and training
  • Professor of Entomology

Areas of Expertise

  • Insect ecology
  • Plant-insect interactions
  • Conservation biological control
  • Chemical ecology
  • Gall insects
  • Ralph O. Mumma Professor of Entomology
  • Co-director, Center for Chemical Ecology
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Associate Clinical Professor, Avian Pathologist and Field Investigator

Areas of Expertise

  • Biosecurity and disease prevention in backyard and small commercial Flocks
  • Poultry diseases and management interactions
  • Avian toxicology
  • Diseases of game birds,pigeons, exotic and pet birds
  • Poultry Handling and Transportation Animal Welfare
  • Professor of Agricultural Economics

Areas of Expertise

  • Nonlinear, stochastic, dynamic system solution and simulation
  • Applied econometrics
  • Household and firm-level choice & performance
  • Computational simulation
  • Applied game modeling
  • Valuation of and economic adaptation to extreme events (e.g. climate change)
  • Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Molecular plant-microbe interactions
  • Disease resistance and abiotic stress tolerance
  • Functional genomics and biotechnology
  • Genome editing and engineering
  • Rice and mushroom precision breeding
  • Gene-edited and genetically modified organisms

Office for Research and Graduate Education

Address

217 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802-2600

Office for Research and Graduate Education

Address

217 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802-2600