Study in an Ecological Epicenter

The Susquehanna River Valley is one of the best places to study the natural world. At the confluence of its major river, we're surrounded by abundant waterways, forests and farms. We have a state-of-the-art freshwater research laboratory and an 87-acre environmental field station right on campus.

In our ecology program, you’ll study everything from streams, lakes and wetlands to nutrient cycling and land ecosystems. Learn how air, water, soil and organisms coexist and how wildlife functions within their native habitats.

Research opportunities abound. Work for our Freshwater Research Institute or the Susquehanna Research Partners Program, and spend the summer getting paid to conduct research. Study vertebrate natural history on a spring break trip to Costa Rica. Collaborate with other universities, the Fish and Boat Commission, or the Chesapeake Conservancy.

Research what most interests you, guided by expert faculty specializing in aquatic ecology, soil science, behavioral ecology, paleoecology, vertebrate ecology, plant ecology, wetlands ecology, and population and community ecology.

Then, present your paper at a national or regional conference — an opportunity we make available to you.

Be ready to begin master’s or doctoral degree programs in the sciences or to jump right into a career in wildlife, fisheries or environmental consulting; zoology; wildlife conservation; and much more.

Recent graduates have gone to graduate school at:

Auburn
Columbia University
Clemson University
Memorial University
Oregon State University
University of British Columbia
University of Florida
University of Maine

Recent graduates are employed at:

Agnes Irwin School
Auburn Water District
Cincinnati Zoo
Elmwood Park Zoo
ERM: Environmental Resources Management
Glacier Institute, Glacier National Park
Huntington Learning Center
Memphis Zoo
National Ecological Observatory Network
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Matthew Persons, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Professor of Biology

Email Address persons@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4526

Jack Russell Holt, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Professor of Biology

holt@susqu.edu
570-372-4205

Kathy Straub, Ph.D.

Department: Earth & Environmental Sciences
Professor Earth & Environmental Science

Email Address straubk@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4318

Tammy C. Tobin, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Professor of Biology

tobinjan@susqu.edu
570-372-4067

Jennifer Mary Elick, Ph.D.

Department: Earth & Environmental Sciences
Associate Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences

Email Address elick@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4214

Carlos Alberto Iudica, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Associate Professor of Biology

casaiud@susqu.edu
570-372-4208

Ahmed Lachhab, Ph.D.

Department: Earth & Environmental Sciences
Associate Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences

Email Address lachhab@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4215

David Matlaga, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Associate Professor of Biology

matlaga@susqu.edu
570-372-4347

Alissa A. Packer, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Associate Professor of Biology

Email Address packer@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4217

Dan Ressler, Ph.D.

Department: Earth & Environmental Sciences
Associate Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences

resslerd@susqu.edu
570-372-4216

Jonathan M. Niles, Ph.D.

Department: School of Arts and Sciences
Freshwater Research Initiative Program Director

Email Address niles@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4707

Matt Wilson

Department: School of Arts and Sciences
Freshwater Research Initiative Research Scientist

wilsonmatt@susqu.edu
570-372-4722

Check out all your options! View the academic catalog.

The academic catalog is the compilation of all the amazing classes and programs being offered at Susquehanna during a given academic year.  For more information about the courses being offered, programs available, and much more, download the catalog and dig in.

See the 2020-2021 Academic Catalog
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Help Make The Susquehanna River Cleaner

Many of our students are involved with the Freshwater Research Institute, which includes a dedicated laboratory and state-of-the-art equipment for river research.

Ecology
Ecology

Which Environmental Science Is Right for Me?

Earth and environmental sciences, environmental studies, ecology ... they sound remarkably similar. How do you decide which one is right for you? Here's your cheat sheet on these three fields.

  • Earth and environmental sciences studies the nonliving components of our environment and how they impact living things. Think of it as the study of water, rocks, air and soil.
  • Ecology examines the intersections between all living things and the nonliving environment. Unlike earth and environmental sciences, the primary focus is living organisms.
  • Environmental studies is the major for you if you want to advocate for the environment or work for a nonprofit or non-governmental organization (NGO). This program incorporates science, law and policy to look at pressing environmental issues.

Contact Us

Ecology Program

514 University Ave.
Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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Location

Natural Sciences Center

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Phone & Email

Matt Persons
570-372-4526
persons@susqu.edu

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