Faculty & Staff
Alissa A. Packer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
Office Location: Natural Sciences Center - Rm 210 E
PHD, Indiana University
BS, Dickinson College
Packer is a plant ecologist interested in how plants use direct and indirect defenses to protect themselves against natural enemies. She and her students examine the role extrafloral nectaries and hydrogen cyanide play in plant defense against herbivores. They are interested in whether these defenses are increased in plants when they experience damage. Recent publications include “Simulated Herbivory Induces Extrafloral Nectary Production in Prunus avium”, coauthored by Christine Pulice '08 and published in Functional Ecology, and “Service Learning in a Non-majors Biology Course Promotes Changes in Students‚ Attitudes and Values About the Environment,” published in The International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
She teaches the introductory course Ecology and Evolutionary Biology along with upper-level courses in General Ecology, Plant Physiology, and Plant-Animal Interactions, as well as a Science and Society course for non-majors. She is director of the Common Reading Program and a member of the Committee on Teaching and Learning. Packer is a member of the Ecological Society of America and the National Science Teachers Association.
- BIOL-101 Ecology, Evolution, and Heredity
- BIOL-101L Ecol. Evolution & Heredity Lab
- BIOL-404 Plant Physiology
- BIOL-405 Plant Physiology Lab
- BIOL-511 Student Research II
- BIOL-560 Interdisciplinary Explorations Biology
- ECOL-501 Independent Study
- ECOL-510 Student Research I
- HONS-250 Thought and the Natural Sciences
- PRDV-104 Perspectives