NRES-Affiliated Faculty


Faculty affiliated with the Natural Resources and Environmental Science program represent a wide range of disciplines at Purdue. The following faculty members teach in the NRES program, provide research opportunities and mentor NRES students.


 
Agricultural & Biological Engineering​

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Albert Heber Professor of Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Phone: (765) 494-1214
Email: heber@purdue.edu

 


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Sara McMillan Assistant Professor of Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Phone: (765) 496-0211
Email: mcmill@purdue.edu

 


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Shweta Singh Assistant Professor of Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Phone: (765) 494-1162
Email: singh294@purdue.edu

 

Agricultural Economics


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Michael Delgado Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics

Phone: (765) 494-4211
Email: Mdelgado2@purdue.edu

 


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Otto Doering Professor of Agricultural Economics

Phone: (765) 494-4226
Email: doering@purdue.edu
Areas of expertise: Public policy with respect to agriculture, resources and the environment
Research interests: Issues related to water quality, excess nutrients, climate change, soil erosion and conservation programs.



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Thomas Hertel Distinguished Professor

Phone: (765) 494-4199
Email: hertel@purdue.edu

Area of expertise: Economics and global agriculture, environment and trade

Research interests: Quantitative and policy-oriented research on issues of global food security, environmental issues, including climate change impacts and mitigation, and international trade.




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Juan Sesmero Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics

Phone: (765) 494-7545
Email: jsesmero@purdue.edu

 


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Gerald Shively Professor of Agricultural Economics

Phone: (765) 494-4218
Email: shivelyg@purdue.edu

Area of expertise: Agricultural and applied economics

Research interests: Connections and interactions between poverty and environmental degradation to make global food production more environmentally sustainable.



Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication


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Natalie Carroll Professor of Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication

Phone: (765) 494-8439
Email: ncarroll@purdue.edu

Area of expertise: Natural resources curriculum development for youth audiences

Research interest: Extension and engagement with a focus on informal youth education in natural resources and the environment.




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Linda Pfeiffer Assistant Professor of Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication

Phone: (765) 496-1890
Email: lpfeiff@purdue.edu
Research interests: Systemic factors that affect the construction and effective translation of messages to engage the public in scientific issues.

Agronomy


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Dr. Laura Bowling  NRES Co-Director & Professor of Agronomy

Phone: (765) 494-8051
Email: bowling@purdue.edu
Professor of Agronomy



Animal Sciences


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Paul Ebner Associate Professor of Animal Sciences

Phone: (765) 494-4820
Email: pebner@purdue.edu

Area of expertise: Microbiology

Research interests: Phage therapy and biology; safe and effective antibacterial therapies for use in food animals; characterization of the roles different management practices play in foodborne disease transmission.



Botany and Plant Pathology


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Anjali Iyer-Pascuzzi Assistant Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology

Phone: (765) 494-1443
Email: asi2@purdue.edu

Area of expertise: Plant development and disease resistance

Research interests: Mechanisms underlying disease resistance in plant roots to soil borne pathogens.




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Chris Oakley Assistant Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology

Phone: (765) 494-9644
Email: oakleyc@purdue.edu
Research interests: Ecological and evolutionary genetics of plants: genetic basis of local adaptation and the consequences of genetic drift for adaptation and population persistence.

Entomology


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Matthew Ginzel Associate Professor of Entomology and Forestry and Natural Resources

Phone: (765) 494-9369
Email: mginzel@purdue.edu
Research interest: Chemically-mediated host colonization and mating behaviors of wood-boring beetles, which increasingly threaten North American hardwood forests.


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Ian Kaplan Professor of Entomology

Phone: (765) 494-7207
Email: ikaplan@purdue.edu

Area of expertise: Insect ecology

Research interests: The ecology, behavior and management of pest and beneficial insects in Midwestern agroecosystems.



Food Science


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Yaohua (Betty) Feng Assistant Professor of Food Science

Phone: (765) 494-0331
Email: yhfeng@purdue.edu

Area of expertise: Plant ecology

Research and Extension interests: Risk assessment and communication to enhance microbial safety of foods; using interdisciplinary tools to investigate gaps in food safety practice compliance and develop novel food safety strategies.




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Jen-Yi Huang Assistant Professor of Food Science

Phone: (765) 496-6034
Email: huang874@purdue.edu

Area of expertise: Food process sustainability

Research interest: Green food processing techniques to improve energy and water use efficiency towards environmental sustainability; life cycle-based models to elucidate the complex of food-energy-water relationships and their dynamics.



Forestry and Natural Resources


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John (Barny) Dunning Professor of Wildlife Ecology

Phone: (765) 494-3565
Email: jdunning@purdue.edu

Areas of expertise: Avian ecology, conservation biology

Research interests: How native wildlife species are affected by changes in the quality and quantity of habitat across landscape scales; environmental education and interacting with the public on natural resource issues.




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Jeff Dukes Professor of Forestry and Natural Resources and Biological Sciences, Director of Purdue Climate Change Research Center

Phone: (765) 494-9461
Email: jsdukes@purdue.edu

Area of expertise: Climate change

Research interests: How ecosystems respond to climate and atmospheric change; impacts of invasive species on ecosystems; improving the capacity of ecosystem and Earth system models to accurately represent ecological processes.




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Elizabeth (Liz) Flaherty Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Habitat Management

Phone: (765) 494-3567
Email: eflaher@purdue.edu

Area of expertise: Wildlife habitat management

Research interests: Wildlife associations with habitat and applying the results to wildlife management using both field- and laboratory-based research to study wildlife ecology.




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Reuben R Goforth Assistant Professor of Forestry and Natural Resources

Phone: (765) 494-0009
Email: rgoforth@purdue.edu

Research interests: Aquatic animals and their habitats, including aquaculture; interactions between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems; fates and effects of pollutants; appropriate management practices for the protection and use of aquatic ecosystems.




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Doug Jacobs Fred M Van Eck Professor of Forest Biology and Associate Head of Extension

Phone: (765) 494-3608
Email: djacobs@purdue.edu

 


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Zhao Ma Associate Professor of Natural Resource Social Science

Phone: (765) 496-2422
Email: zhaoma@purdue.edu

Area of expertise: Natural resource decision making; human dimensions of natural resources

Research interest: Natural resource decision-making processes of individuals and organizations.




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Bryan Pijanowski Professor of Human-Environment Modeling & Analysis Laboratory

Phone: (765) 496-2215
Email: bpijanow@purdue.edu
Area of expertise: Socio-ecological systems


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Dr. Linda Prokopy NRES Co-Director & Professor of Forestry

Phone: (765) 496-2221
Email: lprokopy@purdue.edu

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Maria (Marisol) Sepúlveda Professor of Ecology and Natural Systems and Associate Head of Research

Phone: (765) 496-3428
Email: mssepulv@purdue.edu
Area of expertise: Ecotoxicology


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Mitchell Zischke Clinical Assistant Professor

Phone: (765) 494-9717
Email: mzischke@purdue.edu

Area of expertise: Fish and marine biology

Extension interests: Connecting anglers, scientists and managers in Great Lakes fisheries; assisting with private landowners in Indiana with pond management.



Horticulture and Landscape Architecture


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David Barbarash Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture

Phone: (765) 496-3887
Email: dbarbara@purdue.edu

Area of expertise: Urban design and urban ecology

Research interests: Urban ecology, systems ecology and associated socio-cultural impacts of environmental factors in the built environment.




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Steve Hallett Professor of Horticulture

Phone: (765) 494-7649
Email: halletts@purdue.edu

Area of expertise: Plant ecology

Research interests: Ecology of plant pathogen interactions: development of bioherbicides for weed control; mechanisms of herbicide resistance; ecology of the interactions between weeds and soil microbial communities in agricultural and natural systems.




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Peter Hirst Professor of Horticulture

Phone: (765) 494-1323
Email: hirst@purdue.edu

Area of Expertise: Pomology

Research interests: Tree architecture; fruit development.




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Lori Hoagland Associate Professor of Horticulture

Phone: (765) 494-1426
Email: lhoaglan@purdue.edu

Area of expertise: Microbial ecology of horticultural systems

Research interests: Soil microbial ecology and plant-microbial relationships to address challenges of feeding the world’s growing population, including soil and water degradation, rapidly evolving pests and increasing climate instability.




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Ariana Torres Assistant Professor and Marketing Specialist

Phone: (765) 494-8781
Email: torres2@purdue.edu

Area of Expertise: Agricultural economics – decision-making modeling

Research interests: The intersection of economics and the specialty crops industry: economic modeling of adoption of new technologies; decision making tools for specialty crop growers; economic impact of growers’ decision-making processes.




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