Ecology Faculty and Research
Faculty associated with the Ecology Intercollege Graduate Degree Program at Penn State, and a summary of their research interests
Faculty are listed in alphabetical order by last name. To see more information about a faculty member, click on his/her name.
Jared AliBehavior 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, chemotaxis of soil nematodes, and evolution of plant defense strategies.
Assistant Professor of Entomology
Victoria BraithwaiteBrain and behavior responses to stressors during different stages of development. How these promote or inhibit neurogenesis and support increased behavioral resilience
Professor of Fisheries and Biology
Co-Director, the Center for Brain, Behavior and Cognition
Laura LeitesModeling forest ecosystem responses to climatic change. Quantification and modeling of forest ecosystem attributes and processes. Development of decision support tools for adaptive forest management and conservation.
Assistant Professor of Quantitative Forest Ecology
David MortensenStudies the ecology (dispersal and establishment) and management of weedy and invasive plants. The group conducts research and develops policy on sustainable approaches to invasive plantmanagement in forested and agroecosystems.
Professor of Weed Ecology / Biology
Erica SmithwickLandscape and ecosystem ecology. Disturbance ecology & disturbance synergies. Ecosystem simulation models. Climate change and ecosystem carbon storage. Fire and soil nitrogen. Microbial community composition and function. Spatial statistics.
Professor of Geography