The Graduate Program in


All OEB faculty are listed below. To help applicants to our graduate program locate a faculty sponsor, the faculty list can be filtered by four broad research areas.

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Name Research Interests

Adler, Lynn

Associate Professor of Biology

Ecology and evolution of insect-plant interactions

Albertson, R. Craig

Associate Professor of Biology

Evolutionary Developmental Biology

Alpert, Peter

Professor of Biology

Plant Ecology and Conservation Science

Averill, Anne

Professor of Environmental Conservation

Insect-plant interactions

Babbitt, Courtney C.

Assistant Professor, Biology

Evolutionary Genomics

Bartlett, Madelaine

Assistant Professor, Biology

Evolution of plant development; Molecular evolution

Baskin, Tobias

Professor of Biology

Regulation of Plant Morphogenesis During Growth & Development

Beery, Annaliese

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Biology, Smith College

Neuroendocrinology of social behavior

Bellemare, Jesse

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College

Plant ecology, biogeography and evolution

Bittman, Eric L.

Professor of Biology

Circadian Rhythms, Reproduction, and Seasonal Changes in Brain Function

Blanchard, Jeffrey

Associate Professor of Biology

Climate Change, Biofuels, Clostridia, Microbial Ecology and Evolution, Genomics, Bioinformatics

Blaustein, Jeffrey D.

Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Neuroendocrinology, Hormone-Neurotransmitter Interactions, Hormones and Behavior, Reproductive Endocrinology, Peripubertal Stress and Reproduction

Bradley, Bethany A.

Assistant Professor of Environmental Conservation

Biogeography and spatial ecology of terrestrial plant invasions

Brennan, Patricia

Research Assistant Professor of Biology and Psychological & Brain Sciences

Evolutionary consequences of interactions between behavior, morphology and the environment

Bubier, Jill L.

Associate Professor of Environmental Science, Mount Holyoke College

Carbon cycling in northern wetlands

Buonaccorsi, John P.

Professor of Mathematics and Statistics

Statistical theory, methods and applcations, Quantitative ecology

Byers, Bruce

Associate Professor of Biology

Acoustic communication in birds

Caicedo, Ana L.

Associate Professor of Biology

Plant molecular evolution and evolutionary genomics

Caldwell, Graham

Associate Professor of Kinesiology

Muscle mechanics and modeling in human motor performance

Castro-Santos, Ted

Research Ecologist, USGS-S.O. Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center

Biomechanics and Behavior of Migratory Fishes; Bioengineering of Fish Passage Structures

Castro-Santos, Theodore

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology

Biomechanics and Behavior of Migratory Fishes; Bioengineering of Fish Passage Structures

Clotfelter, Ethan D.

Professor of Biology, Amherst College

Reproductive behavior of birds and fishes

Cooley, Daniel R.

Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture

Ecology of fungal-plant interactions in agricultural systems

Cox Fernandes, Cristina

Lecturer/Adjunct Research Associate Professor of Biology

Ecology and evolutionary diversity of neotropical freshwater fishes, particularly within the Amazon River

Danylchuk, Andy J.

Associate Professor of Environmental Conservation

Fish conservation, recreational fisheries, sustainable aquaculture

DeAngelis, Kristen M.

Assistant Professor of Microbiology

Community ecology and physiology of soil microbes, climate change, plant-soil interactions

DeStefano, Stephen

Research Professor of Environmental Conservation

USGS Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Leader

Urban and suburban wildlife, forest wildlife, and human-wildlife interactions

Dorit, Robert L.

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College

Molecular evolution; comparative & statistical approaches to molecular & genome evolution

Downes, Gerald B.

Associate Professor of Biology

Development and function of spinal cord networks

Dumont, Elizabeth R.

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs;

Director, Interdisciplinary Grad. Programs, CNS;

Professor of Biology

Vertebrate Morphology

Elkinton, Joseph S.

Professor of Environmental Conservation

Population dynamics and biological control of invasive forest insects

Ellison, Aaron M.

Senior Researcher, Harvard Forest, Harvard University;

Adj. Res. Professor of Biology, UMass

Community ecology

Finn, John

Professor of Environmental Conservation

Network Analysis of Acoustic Telemetry

Fuller, Todd K.

Professor of Environmental Conservation

Mammalian population ecology and natural history

Gerson, Alexander R.

Assistant Professor, Biology

Integrative ecological physiology of birds, energetics, water balance, bird migration

Gill, Cynthia

Associate Professor of Natural Sciences, Hampshire College

Human and comparative physiology, neuroscience, endocrinology, herpetology, conservation biology, and behavioral biology

Gillis, Gary B.

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Mount Holyoke College

Biomechanics and neuromuscular control of vertebrate locomotion

Goodwin, Steven

Dean, College of Natural Sciences

Professor of Microbiology

Microbial synthesis and degradation of biopolymers, microbial ecology

Grant, Evan

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental Conservation

Research Wildlife Biologist, Conte Anadromous Fish Lab

Ecology and management of amphibian populations and habitat

Griffin, Curtice R.

Professor and Department Head of Environmental Conservation

Wildlife ecology and conservation

Hamill, Joseph

Professor of Kinesiology

Biomechanics of human locomotion

Haro, Alex

Adjunct Professor of Environmental Conservation

Ecologist and Section Leader, Fish Passage Engineering S.O. Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center

Fish behavior and migration; fish passage

Holt, Brigitte M.

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Biocultural evolution of the genus Homo, functional morphology and biomechanics of the appendicular skeleton, paleoecology, forager ecology, Old World prehistory, Late Pleistocene/Early Holocene ecology, bone mass and physical activity.

Hood, Michael

Associate Professor of Biology, Amherst College

Evolutionary forces that shape systems of inheritance and disease transmission

Hoopes, Martha F.

Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, Mount Holyoke College

Conservation biology, invasion dynamics, spatial modeling (primarily with plants)

Houlihan, Peter W.

Senior Lecturer in Biology

Animal Behavior, Vertebrate Ecology, and Conservation Biology

Irschick, Duncan J

Professor of Biology

Functional Morphology, Evolution, and Behavioral Ecology

Jakob, Elizabeth


Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Animal behavior, especially perception, learning, and social behavior

Jensen, Abigail

Associate Professor of Biology

Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Vertebrate Retinal Development and Retinal Disease

Johnson, Norman A.

Adjunct Research Assistant Professor, Biology & Environmental Conservation

Evolutionary genetics, evolution of development

Jordaan, Adrian

Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation

Ecosystems, modeling, tagging, movement, trophic dynamics, diadromous, marine,
fisheries, historical ecology

Kamilar, Jason M.

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Comparative biology of primates and other mammals

Karlstrom, Rolf O.

Professor, Biology

Developmental neurobiology; axon guidance and forebrain patterning

Katz, Laura A.

Elsie Damon Simonds Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College

Genome evolution and biodiversity studies of microbial eukaryotes

Kelly, Diane A.

Adjunct Research Assistant Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Neurobiology, biomechanics, and evolution of reproductive systems.

Kent, Jane

Professor of Kinesiology

Muscle physiology

King, David

Adjunct Research Associate Professor, Environmental Conservation

Research Wildlife Biologist USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, Amherst

Wildlife ecology and conservation

Lacreuse, Agnès

Associate Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Sex hormones and cognition across the lifespan in primates

Lavine, Michael L.

Professor, Mathematics and Statistics

Statistical Theory and Methods

Leckie, R. Mark

Professor and Department Head, Geosciences

Micropaleontology, Biostratigraphy, Paleoceanography

Letcher, Benjamin

Adjunct Associate Professor of Environmental Conservation

Section Leader, Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center

Population ecology of stream fishes

Levin, Rachel A.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Amherst College

Plant systematics, biogeography and ecology

Ma, Li-Jun

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Genomics and Evolutionary Biology

McCormick, Stephen D.

Adjunct Professor of Biology

Research Physiologist, Conte Anadromous Fish Lab

Environmental Physiology of Fish

McGarigal, Kevin

Professor of Environmental Conservation

Landscape ecology, ecosystem management, wildlife ecology

Miller, Jill

Associate Professor of Biology, Amherst College

Ecology and evolution of plant sexual systems

Nislow, Keith H.

Adjunct Associate Professor of Environmental Conservation

Research Fishery Biologist, USDA Forest Service

Ecology and conservation biology of stream fishes and invertebrates

Normark, Benjamin

Professor of Biology

Evolution of alternative genetic systems; evolution of host range; scale insect systematics

Novak, Melinda

Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Behavior of microtines and primates

Nüsslein, Klaus

Professsor of Microbiology

Microbial ecology of terrestrial and aquatic environments

Partan, Sarah

Associate Professor of Cognitive Science, Hampshire College

Visual and acoustic communication in mammals

Podos, Jeffrey

OEB Graduate Program Leader

Professor of Biology

Mechanisms and evolution of vertebrate behavior, bioacoustics

Porter, Adam H.

Associate Professor of Biology

Admissions Committee Chair, OEB

Evolutionary biology; hybridization, introgression & speciation; ecological genetics; evolution of regulatory genetic pathways; computer and mathematical modeling; invasion and range expansion; insects, especially butterflies and moths

Rachootin, Stan P.

Professor of Biological Sciences, Mount Holyoke College

Evolution and development, history of evolutionary theory

Remage-Healey, Luke

Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Neural basis of behavior

Rich, Stephen

Professor of Microbiology

Molecular Evolution and Population Genomics of Arthropod-borne Microbial Pathogens

Richmond, Alan M.

Lecturer in Biology

Curator of Curator of Amphibians and Reptiles , NaturalHistory Collections

Phylogeography of New England amphibians and reptiles

Riley, Margaret (Peg)

Professor of Biology

Microbial molecular evolution and ecology

Ross, Charles

Associate Professor of Evolutionary Biology, Hampshire College

Ecological and evolutionary genetics of hybrid zones and speciation

Roy, Allison H.

Research Assistant Professor of Environmental Conservation

Freshwater ecology, fish and macroinvertebrates, urban ecology, conservation

Seidler, Tristram

Extension Assistant Professor, Biology

Plant ecology, plant diversity, invasive plants, climate change

Sela, David A.

Assistant Professor, Food Science

Host-microbe coevolution, microbial genomics & ecology, host dietary influences on microbiota form and function

Sievert, Lynnette

Professor of Anthropology

Evolution of menopause

Sievert, Paul R

Research Associate Professor of Environmental Conservation

Conservation biology, physiological ecology and biostatistics

Smith, L. David

Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College

Director of the Environmental Science and Policy Program

Ecology and evolution of marine predator-prey interactions

Stinson, Kristina

Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation

Plant Ecology, Invasive Plants, Biological Responses to Global Change

Stoffolano, John

Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture

Behavior and physiology of flies especially of the adult crop organ and the mechanisms regulating filling and depletion

Suvorov, Alexander

Assistant Professor, Public Health

Effects on behavior by environmental xenobiotics with endocrine disruptive properties

Temeles, Ethan J.

Professor of Biology, Amherst College

Foraging behavior; Territoriality; Intra- and Interspecific competition; Resource partitioning; Mutualism; Coevolution;
Sexual dimorphisms and polymorphisms

Umberger, Brian R.

Associate Professor of Kinesiology

Biomechanics and energetics of hominin locomotion

Walker, Elsbeth

Professor of Biology

Director of Plant Biology Graduate Program

Epigenetic mechanisms in plants

Warren, Paige S.

Associate Professor of Environmental Conservation

Urban ecology, human-environment interactions, animal behavior

Whiteley, Andrew

Assistant Professor of Environmental Conservation

Conservation genetics and evolutionary ecology of fishes

Zoeller, Thomas

Professor of Biology

Environmental endocrine disrupters