Penn State Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences
The Penn State Ecology Institute brings together the best minds from diverse cultures, perspectives, and scientific backgrounds to accelerate research at the frontiers of ecological understanding. Their research community is rooted in five focus areas (Resilience and Adaptation, Ecosystem Services, Ecology at the Interface, Rapid Evolutionary Change, and Ecological Foundations) but flowers when these strengths are united. Their faculty, students, postdoctoral scholars, and partners are leaders in their fields, harnessing observations, data, and models to drive innovation and catalyze new scientific breakthroughs that enable deeper appreciation of Earth’s mysteries. Together, for example, they have used genetics to understand coral reef resilience, developed new immersive experiences to see forests of the future, and found new approaches for combating disease in cocoa plants. These and other innovations like them reflect the depth, breadth, and passion of their interdisciplinary research community.