Graduate training program in Integrative Pollinator Ecology

The IPE program will train graduate Fellows to holistically tackle issues in pollinator health and ecology. Fellows will develop integrative research, education and outreach programs that span multiple disciplines - from genomics to land management - and interface with diverse stakeholder groups. Additional funding is provided for conducting research with international collaborators. Support is available for four PhD students. Fellows will develop skills to respond to current and emerging challenges in pollinator health, sustainable, agriculture and conservation.

Research Areas

  • Taxonomy and Systematics
  • Population Genetics
  • Genomics
  • Organismal Biology (physiology, toxicology, immunology and behavior)
  • Ecology and Land Management
  • Integrated Pest and Pollinator Management

Program Coordinator:
Natalie Boyle

Participating Training Faculty
Etya Amsalem, David Biddinger, Shelby Fleischer, Christina Grozinger, Heather Hines, Margarita López-Uribe, Doug Miller, Harland Patch, Cristina Rosa, Ruud Schilder, John Tooker, Kelli Hoover, Jared Ali, and Michael Axtell

How to apply
Fellows will be housed in either the Entomology or Ecology graduate programs and complete additional requirements for the IPE program. Fellows must be advised by two co-mentors from different research areas; one of the faculty members must be in the training faculty for the IPE program. Prospective students are encouraged to contact training faculty members before submitting an application. Prospective students should submit materials to their selected graduate programs according to the guidelines of those programs by Dec 15, 2018, and notify .

The IPE program is funded by a grant from the USDA Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship (NNF) Grants Program (2017-38420-26766) and the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences Intercollege Graduate Program in Ecology. Additional support was provided by the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Strategic Network Initiative Program.Contact Christina Grozinger with any questions.

Current Fellows
This program was previously supported by funding from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Strategic Network Initiative Program. Current fellows include:

Shelby Kilpatrick (Entomology)
Chauncy Hinshaw (Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology)
Tyler Jones (Entomology)
Makaylee Crone (Ecology, NSF Graduate Fellow)
Staci Cibotti (Entomology)
Rachel McLaughlin (Entomology)
Sean Bresnahan (Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Biosciences)
Katie Barie (Entomology)

Graduated Fellows
Briana Ezray (STEM Research Data Librarian, Penn State)