Susquehanna Biology Professor Presents Lecture on Plant Defense Mechanisms
Published on March 25, 2014
Alissa Packer, associate professor of biology at Susquehanna University, will deliver the annual John C. Horn Lecture on April 7. The lecture, titled “How Plants Avoid Being Eaten: The Ecology of Plant Defense Mechanisms," begins at 4:15 p.m. in Seibert Hall’s Isaacs Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
Packer’s lecture will examine how biotic and abiotic factors in the environment can influence a plant’s defense mechanisms. In addition, she will explore how plants use direct and indirect defenses to prevent herbivores from consuming vulnerable plant tissue.
Packer is the 2013 recipient of the John C. Horn Distinguished Service Award, given annually to a faculty member for outstanding scholarship and service. The award was established in 1979 by the university's board of directors to honor the late John C. Horn, who served as board chair from 1962 to 1978. A plant ecologist, Packer specializes in studying how plants defend themselves against natural enemies. Her research has been published in leading scientific journals, in addition to popular media such as the New York Times.
She joined the Susquehanna faculty in 2003 and serves as the director of the university’s Common Reading Program. She is also a member of the Committee on Teaching and Learning at Susquehanna University.
Packer holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College.