Sara Hermann

  • Assistant Professor of Arthropod Ecology and Trophic Interactions
Sara Hermann
510 ASI Bldg.
University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-865-8321

Areas of Expertise

  • Predator-Prey Interactions
  • Arthropod Ecology
  • Behavioral Ecology
  • Chemical Ecology
  • Biological Control

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  1. Ph.D. Entomology & Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior, Michigan State University
  2. M.Sc. Entomology, Cornell University
  3. B.Sc. Environmental Science and Policy, University of South Florida

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Research Summary
I am broadly interested in understanding how population and community dynamics are shaped by species interactions. My ongoing research addresses how top-down forces influence insect behavior and physiology, contribute to trophic cascades and structure ecological communities.
Much of my work focuses on the underappreciated role that predation risk has on arthropod ecology, which has importance in both natural and agricultural systems. A major element of this work is understanding how insects perceive predation threat by detecting predator odors.