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Disease Biology and Ecology

We have an exceptional research group in Disease Biology and Ecology with research teams focusing on infectious diseases, vector borne diseases, insect pathology, insect immunity, and symbiosis. We recently hired Erika Machtinger and Elizabeth McGraw to strengthen this core of excellent scientists.
  • Professor of Entomology


814-863-2982

Sustainable and organic agriculture; Biological soil quality and sustainability; entomopathogenic biology and ecology

  • Distinguished Professor of Entomology and Biology
  • J. Lloyd & Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair of Epidemiology


814-863-2983

Population ecology and population dynamics with particular emphasis on mathematical and computational aspects

  • Professor of Entomology
  • Center for Chemical Ecology
  • Center for Pollinator Research


814-863-6369

Insect-plant-entomopathogen interactions of the gypsy moth

  • Assistant Professor of Entomology


814-865-9162

  • Professor and Huck Scholar in Entomology


814-865-1740

  • Director, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences
  • Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology
  • Eberly Professor of Biotechnology


814-867-2396

Ecology and evolutionary genetics of infectious disease (Center For Infectious Disease Dynamics)

  • Professor and Huck Scholar in Ecological Entomology


814-865-2480

Ecology and evolution of host-pathogen interactions; invasive species; agrobiodiversity and natural pest control; biological control