Society faces increasingly challenging environmental issues as the effects of climate change intensify; the human population grows; water, food, and energy supplies tighten; and land use change and urbanization limit our options.

Faculty Working in this Area

  • Nancy and John Steimer Professor of Agricultural Sciences
  • Professor of Forest Ecology and Physiology

Areas of Expertise

  • Global change ecology
  • 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
  • Assistant Research Professor
  • Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Areas of Expertise

  • Invasion Ecology
  • Population Genetics
  • Wildlife Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Conservation Biology
  • Animal Coloration
  • Island Biology
  • Distinguished Professor of Entomology and Chemical Ecology
  • Director, Center for Chemical Ecology
  • Professor of Horticulture

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 Water Resources
  • Co-hire, Institutes of Energy & the Environment
  • Professor of Rural Sociology
  • Director of Graduate Studies

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
  • Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental Economics
  • Water Resource Economics
  • Nonmarket Valuation
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Policy Analysis
  • Stormwater and Green Infrastructure
  • Transportation Economics
  • Professor of Wildlife Resources
  • Extension Wildlife Specialist

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
  • Associate Professor of Soil Microbiology and Biogeochemistry

Areas of Expertise

  • Soil microbiology
  • Nitrogen cycle
  • Soil quality
  • Ecological restoration
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Assistant Professor of Quantitative Wildlife Ecology

Areas of Expertise

  • Bayesian statistics
  • Hierarchical modeling
  • Applied statistics
  • Movement ecology
  • Demography
  • Terrestrial wildlife ecology
  • Professor of Molecular Genetics
  • Director of The Schatz Center for Tree Molecular Genetics

Areas of Expertise

  • Genomics
  • Conservation Genetics
  • Renewable Energy
  • Biotechnology
  • 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
  • Assistant Professor of Soils and Environmental Microbiology
  • Assistant Professor of Soilborne Disease Dynamics and Management

Areas of Expertise

  • Fungal ecology and evolution
  • Soil & plant microbiome response to stress
  • Biological management of fungal & oomycete pathogens
  • Soil health and disease modeling
  • Professor of Horticulture
  • Extension Specialist, Tree Fruit Production

Areas of Expertise

  • Deciduous Tree Fruit Production
  • Tree Fruit Rootstocks
  • Pruning and Training Tree Fruit
  • Apple Varieties
  • Tree fruit nutrition
  • Asian pear varieties
  • Impact of climate change on tree fruit production
  • Program Coordinator, Plant Science Major
  • Professor of Horticulture and Plant Ecosystem Health

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

Areas of Expertise

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

Areas of Expertise

  • Soil Science
  • Watershed Management
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Professor of Soil Management and Applied Soil Physics

Areas of Expertise

  • No-tillage
  • Cover crops
  • Soil compaction
  • Soil health
  • Soil erosion
  • Soil conservation
  • Nitrogen fixation
  • Assistant Professor of Hydrology

Areas of Expertise

  • Ecohydrology
  • Hydrology
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Terrain Analysis
  • Water Quality
  • Watershed Management
  • Interim Head and Professor

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

Areas of Expertise

  • Fate And Control Of Pollutants In Soils And Water
  • 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
  • Associate Professor of Fisheries Management
  • Associate Director of Academic Programs
  • Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics and Public Policy
  • Director, Institute for Sustainable Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Science (SAFES)
  • Co-Director, Program on Coupled Human and Earth Systems (PCHES)

Areas of Expertise

  • Economy-wide modeling
  • Climate change impacts and adaptation
  • Integrated assessment
  • Professor of Mycology
  • Director, Fusarium Research Center

Areas of Expertise

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

Areas of Expertise

  • Pollinators
  • Honey Bees
  • Social Insects
  • Genomics
  • Immunity
  • Behavior
  • Physiology
  • Director, Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center (FREC)
  • Professor of Agricultural Economics

Areas of Expertise

  • Farm Management
  • Risk Management
  • Production Economics
  • Assistant Professor of Arthropod Ecology and Trophic Interactions

Areas of Expertise

  • Predator-Prey Interactions
  • Arthropod Ecology
  • Behavioral Ecology
  • Chemical Ecology
  • Biological Control
  • Assistant Professor of Microbial Ecology
  • Lloyd Huck Early Career Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Bacteriology
  • Phyllosphere Microbiology
  • Protein-mediated Bacterial Antagonism
  • Molecular Biology
  • 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
  • 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
  • Associate Professor
  • Coordinator and Adviser of the Minor in Plant Pathology

Areas of Expertise

  • Population biology
  • Ecology of plant-associated microorganisms
  • Fusarium and Verticillium wilts
  • Professor and 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

Areas of Expertise

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

Areas of Expertise

  • Agroecology
  • Conservation & Dairy Cropping Systems
  • Soil & nutrient conservation, perennials, cover crops
  • Pasture ecology and grazing management
  • Distinguished Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry
  • Chair of Ecology Intercollege Graduate Degree Program

Areas of Expertise

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

Areas of Expertise

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

Areas of Expertise

  • Agroecosystems
  • Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Cycling
  • Hydrologic and Nutrient Cycling Modeling
  • Environmental Biophysics
  • Plant Ecophysiology
  • Extension Educator, Equine

Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental stewardship
  • Pasture management
  • Manure management
  • Nutrient management
  • Assistant Professor of Avian Biology
  • Dorothy Foehr and J. Lloyd Huck Early Career Chair, Huck Institutes of Life Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Functional Genomics
  • Genome Editing
  • Avian Genetic Engineering
  • Distinguished Professor of Clay Mineralogy

Areas of Expertise

  • Materials from plants and plant by-products
  • Use of clays for remediation;Slow release fertilizers with minerals
  • Assistant Research Professor
  • Fire and Natural Resources Management

Areas of Expertise

  • Fire Ecology
  • Fire Behavior and Effects
  • Assistant Professor of Forest Resource Management

Areas of Expertise

  • Social and economic values associated with private forests, including wildlife, carbon sequestration and water resources
  • Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Extension Education

Areas of Expertise

  • Program Evaluation
  • Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management
  • Human Decision Making
  • Behavior Change Theories and Frameworks
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Survey Methodology
  • Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis
  • 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
  • Professor of Horticulture

Areas of Expertise

  • Tree and Small Fruit Physiology
  • Fruit production systems
  • Data Analysis
  • Associate Professor

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 Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • Water quality
  • Stormwater management
  • Green infrastructure
  • Urban ecohydrology
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Associate Director for Gender Initiatives
  • Assistant Research Professor
  • Cropping Systems Modeling

Areas of Expertise

  • Micrometeorological Measurements and Instrumentation
  • Physically Distributed Hydrological Modeling
  • Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Agriculture
  • Director, Center for Private Forests
  • Assistant Research Professor, Private Forests Management

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest stewardship
  • Private forest landowners
  • Woodland care
  • Collaborative learning
  • Action research
  • Peer-to-peer education
  • Associate Research Professor, Tree Fruit Pathology

Areas of Expertise

  • Apple and pear diseases
  • Peach, cherry, other stone fruit diseases
  • Integrated tree fruit disease management
  • Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • ABE Graduate Program Coordinator
  • Natural Resource Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • Emerging Contaminants
  • Contaminant Fate and Transport
  • Environmental Hydrology
  • Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

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

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
  • Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, Huck Institute of Life Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Adaptation to extreme environments with microbes
  • Associate Professor, Plant Virology

Areas of Expertise

  • plant virology
  • microbe plant interaction
  • vectors of plant viruses and of other plant pathogenic microbes
  • plant disease prediction and management models
  • Associate Professor of Turfgrass Nutrition/Soil Fertility

Areas of Expertise

  • Turfgrass Nutrition
  • Soil Chemistry
  • Nutrient Management
  • Fertilizer / Amendment Evaluation
  • Water Quality
  • Data Analysis
  • Professor of Pomology

Areas of Expertise

  • Tree fruit production
  • Orchard management systems
  • Crop load management of tree fruit
  • Fruit tree pruning and training
  • Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Coordinator, Environmental Resource Management Program
  • Assistant ENRI Director for Environmental Education
  • Water Resources

Areas of Expertise

  • Wetland biogeochemistry
  • Riparian wetlands
  • Construction of wetlands for waste treatment
  • Pollutant impacts on aquatic systems
  • Assistant Research Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Land-Atmosphere Water and Carbon Dioxide Fluxes Modeling
  • Meteorology
  • Model-Data Assimilation
  • Assistant Research Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Molecular biology
  • Plant bacteriology
  • Development of novel controls for citrus greening and fire blight
  • Genetics of virulence and auxotrophy in Erwinia amylovora
  • Assistant Professor of Equine Science
  • Equine Extension Specialist
  • Professor of Forest Biology
  • Director of The Arboretum at Penn State
  • 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
  • Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Epidemiology and management of turfgrass diseases
  • Population biology of turfgrass pathogens
  • Host defense response in turfgrass pathosystem
  • Chemical control of turfgrass diseases
  • Adjunct Professor of Fisheries Ecology
  • Assistant Unit Leader, PA Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Areas of Expertise

  • Fisheries ecology
  • Hierarchical modeling
  • Macrosystems ecology
  • Ecological stressors
  • Species of management concern
  • Monitoring and assessment
  • Assistant Professor of Weed Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Weed ecology
  • Herbicide-based weed control
  • Organic weed management
  • Sustainable cropping systems
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology
  • Assistant Unit Leader,
  • PA Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit

Areas of Expertise

  • Applied Spatial Ecology
  • Disease Epidemiology
  • Stable Isotope Ecology
  • Professor of Soil Science / Soil Physics / Biogeochemistry

Areas of Expertise

  • Emerging Contaminants
  • Contaminant Fate and Transport
  • Contaminant Transport Modeling
  • Soil and Water Quality
  • Assistant Research Professor
  • Director PAOneStop
  • Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management

Areas of Expertise

  • Soil Fertility
  • Nutrient Management
  • Cover Crops
  • Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Cycling
  • Cropping System Modeling
  • Associate Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics
  • Graduate Program Director: Energy, Environmental, and Food Economics (EEFE)

Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental Economics
  • Urban and Land Use Economics
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Nonmarket Valuation
  • Policy Analysis
  • Associate Professor of Silviculture

Areas of Expertise

  • Forestry
  • Silviculture
  • Forest ecology
  • Disturbance ecology
  • Associate Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics

Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental and resource economics
  • Land economics
  • Spatial modeling
  • Non-market valuation

Office for Research and Graduate Education

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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