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CENRS Faculty
Darren L. Bade
Assistant Professor
dbade@kent.edu
Phone: 330-672-4639
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences
Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability


Research Areas:

  • Limnology
  • Ecosystem Ecology
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Trophic Interactions
Christopher Blackwood
Associate Professor
cblackwo@kent.edu
Phone: 330-672-3895
Department of Biological Sciences
Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability


Research Areas:

  • Community and physiological ecology of soil microorganisms
  • Ecosystem processes in forest and agricultural systems
  • Symbiotic relationships between microbes and plants
Andrea L. Case
Associate Professor
acase@kent.edu
Phone: 330-672-3699
Department of Biological Sciences
Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability


Research Areas:

  • Evolutionary ecology of plant reproductive systems
  • Gender evolution
  • Male sterility
Reid Coffman, PhD
Associate Professor
rcoffma4@kent.edu
Phone: 330-672-2917
College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability


Research Areas:

  • urban ecological design
  • vegetative roofs
  • bioretention
  • ecological services
David Costello
Assistant Professor
dcostel3@kent.edu
Phone: 330-672-2035
Department of Biological Sciences
Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability


Research Areas:

  • biogeochemistry
  • ecotoxicology
  • invasive species
Ferenc A. de Szalay
Associate Professor
fdeszala@kent.edu
Phone: 330-672-7936
Department of Biological Sciences
Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability


Research Areas:

  • Responses of aquatic invertebrates to management strategies in wetlands, streams, lakes, and ponds
  • Mosquito ecology and control methods
  • Vegetational, hydrological, and trophic factors regulating invertebrate communities in aquatic ecosystems
Jean Engohang-Ndong
Assistant Professor
jengohan@kent.edu
Phone: 330-339-3391
Department of Biological Sciences
Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability


Research Areas:

  • Surface water quality,
  • Environmental microbiology
  • Molecular mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis
  • Disease control and Drug discovery
Assistant Professor
rhamilt6@kent.edu
Phone: 330-244-3450
Department of Biological Sciences
Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability


Research Areas:

  • Urban ecology with a focus on ecological integrity of streams within wetlands, aquatic macroinvertebrates, water quality, and stream substrate composition
  • Pitcher plant invertebrate community dynamics
Charles Hart, PhD, CIH, CSP, RS
Associate Professor - Environmental Health Sciences
chart18@kent.edu
Phone: 330-672-6519
College of Public Health
Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability


Research Areas:

  • EOHS Practice: water, wastewater, solid & hazardous waste
  • Institutional & Workplace EOHS
  • Lab/Biosafety
  • Vector-borne Disease
John Hoornbeek, PhD
Associate Professor
jhoornbe@kent.edu
Phone: 330-672-6500
College of Public Health
Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability


Research Areas:

  • Environmental and Water Policy
  • Public Management
  • Intergovernmental Relations
Anne Jefferson
Assistant Professor
ajeffer9@kent.edu
Phone: 330-672-2746
Department of Geology
Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability


Research Areas:

  • Watershed Hydrology
  • Urban Hydrology
  • Geomorphology
Mark W. Kershner
Associate Professor
mkershne@kent.edu
Phone: 330-672-2738
Department of Biological Sciences
Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability


Research Areas:

  • Theoretical and empirical investigations of community ecology in aquatic, terrestrial and riparian ecosystems; crayfish ecology
Sr. Research Scientist
Department of Biological Sciences
Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability


Research Areas:

  • Freshwater ecosystem water quality
  • Carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, iron and sulfur biogeochemistry
  • Wetland ecosystem ecology and management
  • Sediment-water interface biogeochemistry
Laura G. Leff
Professor and Acting Chair
lleff@kent.edu
Phone: 330-672-3788
Department of Biological Sciences
Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability


Research Areas:

  • aquatic ecology
  • microbial ecology
Matthew Lehnert
Assistant Professor
mlehner1@kent.edu
Phone: 330-499-9600
Department of Biological Sciences
Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability
Associate Professor
alepp1@kent.edu
Phone: 330-672-0218
College and Graduate School of Education
Health and Human Services
Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability


Research Areas:

  • Ecotourism
  • Human Dimensions of Conservation
  • Sustainable Development
  • Park Management
Patrick D. Lorch
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability


Research Areas:

  • Behavioral and evolutionary ecology of insect mating behavior, group formation, movement, and sexual selection.
  • Evolution of sex differences in meiotic recombination rates.
Xiaozhen Mou
Associate Professor and MA Coordinator
xmou@kent.edu
Phone: 330-672-3625
Department of Biological Sciences
Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability


Research Areas:

  • Ecological roles of microbial organisms in the global cycling of essential nutrients
  • Phylogenetic and metabolic diversity of bacterial communities in aquatic ecosystems
  • Metagenomics and metatranscriptomics in aquatic ecosystems
Mandy Munro-Stasiuk
Professor and Chair
mmunrost@kent.edu
Phone: 330-672-2045
Department of Geography
Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability


Research Areas:

  • Glacial and Karst Environments
  • Terrestrial Remote Sensing
  • Geoarchaeology
Joseph D. Ortiz
Professor
jortiz@kent.edu
Phone: 330-672-2225
Department of Geology
Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability


Research Areas:

  • Marine Sedimentology
  • Marine Stratigraphy
  • Paleoclimate
Helen Piontkivska
Associate Professor
opiontki@kent.edu
Phone: 330-672-3620
Department of Biological Sciences
Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability


Research Areas:

  • Molecular evolution of genes and genomes, large-scale analyses of genomic sequences, adaptive evolution of host-parasite interactions
Oscar Rocha
Associate Professor
orocha@kent.edu
Phone: 330-672-2297
Department of Biological Sciences
Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability


Research Areas:

  • Reproductive Ecology
  • Selective abortion of fruits and seeds
  • Genetic diversity and conservation of genetic resources
  • Conservation ecology
Dan Ross
Associate Lecturer
daross@kent.edu
Phone: 330-672-2045
Department of Geography
Department of Biological Sciences
Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability


Research Areas:

  • Urban Conservation
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Sedimentation from Urban Site
  • Urban Resource Management
Scott Sheridan
Professor
ssherid1@kent.edu
Phone: 330-672-3224
Department of Geography
Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability


Research Areas:

  • Climatology
  • Biometeorology
  • Climate Change
Eric Shook
Assistant Professor
eshook@kent.edu
Phone: 330-672-2045
Department of Geography
Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability
David Singer
Assistant Professor
dsinger4@kent.edu
Phone: 330-672-3006
Department of Geology
Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability


Research Areas:

  • Environmental Mineralogy
  • Environmental Geochemistry
  • Medical Geology
Tara C. Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Professor - Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences & Epidemiology
tsmit176@kent.edu
Phone: 330-672-3946
College of Public Health
Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability


Research Areas:

  • Emerging infectious diseases
  • Zoonotic disease
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Bacterial ecology and antibiotic resistance
Kelly Turner
Assistant Professor
vturner5@kent.edu
Phone: 330-672-9878
Department of Geography
Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability
Emariana Widner
Assistant Professor
ewidner@kent.edu
Phone: 330-672-3226
Department of Geography
Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability


Research Areas:

  • Biogeography
  • Urban Ecology
  • Environmental Geography
  • Environmental Philosophy