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Environmental Life Sciences PhD Program Faculty

Program Co-Directors

Hinsby Cadillo-Quiroz
Associate Professor

Cadillo-Quiroz studies how microbes participate in ecosystem and applied processes.

LSE 723 School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University
Heather Throop
Associate Professor (joint with SESE)

Throop is an ecosystem scientist who studies how global-scale changes influence arid and semi-arid ecosystems. She is co-director of the Environmental Life Sciences PhD program.


Environmental Life Sciences

Environmental Life Sciences (PhD)

Environmental Life Sciences is a novel graduate degree that provides doctorate-level training in several complementary...

Program Faculty

Morteza Abbaszadegan

Abbaszadegan is a professor of environmental microbiology and engineering and founding director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Water & Environmental Technology (WET) Center at ASU.

Joshua Abbott
Associate Professor
GIOS Bldg, Room 366 800 S. Cady Mall
Ariel Anbar

Anbar is a President’s Professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor at ASU, and a Distinguished Sustainability Scholar in the Global Institute of Sustainability. One major focus is the deep time history of O2.

John Anderies

Anderies has a joint appointment in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change and the School of Sustainability. He joined the ASU faculty in 2002.

School of Human Evolution and Social Change School of Sustainabilty
Jean Andino
Associate Professor

Prof. Andino's research focuses on chemical kinetics and mechanisms as applied to air quality (atmospheric chemistry and air pollution control) and energy themes. She is a registered professional engineer.

Michael Angilletta
President's Professor; Assoc. Director Undergraduate Programs

Angilletta combines models and experiments to understand how animal populations adapt to changing environments.

LSC 488
Heather Bateman
Associate Professor

Batemen holds memberships with the Wildlife Society, Society for Ecological Restoration, and Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles.

Arizona State University, Polytechnic campus 6073 S. Backus Mall
Heather Bean
Assistant Professor

Bean applies bioanalytical chemistry methods to characterize microbial metabolomes and identify biomarkers of lung disease.

LSE 315 School of Life Sciences
Hinsby Cadillo-Quiroz
Associate Professor

Cadillo-Quiroz studies how microbes participate in ecosystem and applied processes.

LSE 723 School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University
Carlos Castillo-Chavez
Regent's Professor

Castillo-Chavez's research program is at the interface of the mathematical and natural and social sciences. He is the rector of Yachay University of Experimental Technical Research in Ecuador.

School of Human Evolution and Social Change 900 Cady Mall
Arianne Cease
Asst Professor

Arianne Cease is a sustainability scientist with a focus on the ecology and physiology of organisms in coupled natural and human systems.

WGHL 336
Professor Childers

Dan Childers research portfolio includes urban ecosystems, the ecology-design nexus, water dynamics in cities, urban sustainability and urban wetlands.

WGHL, Room 342 800 S Cady Mall
Thomas Day
Professor and Senior Sustainability Scientist

Day is a plant ecologist who studies factors that control plant performance, plant litter decomposition and carbon cycling.

Dale DeNardo
Associate Professor

DeNardo has been a faculty member with the School of Life Sciences since 1998 and has published more than 100 scientific papers in the field of environmental physiology.

Life Sciences C-wing room 444 School of Life Sciences
Pierre Deviche

Deviche is an animal physiologist who studies how the environment controls the reproductive system and stress responses of vertebrates.

LSC 412
Jack Farmer

Astrobiologist, paleontologist, sedimentologist & petroleum geologist He helped establish the fields of Astrobiology & Exopaleontology, redefined NASA's exploration strategy into: the search for life is the search for water

PS F550
Lara Ferry
Assoc Dean & Pres Prof

Ferry's research focuses on the evolution of jaws and their function in the aquatic realm, as well as performance of biomaterials.

ASU West Campus mail code 1251
Stuart Fisher
Emeritus Professor
LSA 265
Ferran Garcia-Pichel
Professor and Center Director

Garcia-Pichel is the dean of natural sciences for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He studies the roles, adaptations and impacts of microbes in natural environments, from desert soils to shallow marine waters.

LSE 218
Leah Gerber
Professor and GIOS Center Director

Gerber aims to accelerate the success of biodiversity management and sustainable biodiversity outcomes by fostering relationships among academics and decision makers.

LSA 212
Gillian Gile
Assistant Professor

Gile is an evolutionary microbiologist who studies single-celled eukaryotes (protists) and symbiosis.

Gwyneth Gordon
Assistant Research Professor

Gordon applies radiogenic and mass-dependent isotope analysis to study the history of early Earth paleoredox, and human isotope variations, including cancer, metabolism, bone loss, and geographic residence history.

School of Earth & Space Exploration PS-F 234
Nancy Grimm
Regents Professor; Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Ecology; Distinguished Sustainability Scientist

Grimm is an ecosystem scientist who studies desert streams and cities and their resilience to extreme events.

LSA 316
Sharon Hall

Hall is an ecologist and conservation scientist who studies connections between people and the environment. She is the faculty lead for the Conservation Bio & Ecology degree program and an award-winning teacher in her field.

LSA 320
Jon Harrison

Harrison is an environmental physiologist who studies how insects function, interact with their environment and evolve.

ISTB1 324 School of Life Sciences
Hilairy Hartnett
Associate Professor

Hartnett has joint appointments in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the School of Molecular Sciences. Her current research interests are in the areas of biogeochemistry, astrobiology, and organic geochemistry.

Pierre Herckes
Associate Professor

Herckes is a Professor in ASU’s School of Molecular Sciences and affiliate professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration. His research areas include analytical, environmental and atmospheric chemistry.

Ann Kinzig

Kinzig looks at how humans shape and influence their natural environments and what this means for human health and Earth's ecosystems. Her work focuses on ecosystem services and the resilience of natural-resource systems.

LSA 124
Jeffrey Klopatek
Emeritus Professor of Ecology

Klopatek is an emeritus ecosytem ecologist who has migrated to research and teaching about the ecology of food and sustainable food systems with emphasis on global climate change effects.

LSE C729

Krajmalnik-Brown's lab uses microbiological skills, genomic techniques and environmental engineering to study biodegradation of water contaminants, biotechnology for renewable bioenergy production and the gut microbiome.

BDA 210
Yang Kuang

Kuang is the author or co-author of more than 150 refereed publications. He has done extensive work in applying delay differential equation to models of biology and medicine.

PS A429
Jesse Lewis
Assistant Professor

With a research emphasis in applied ecology, Lewis' research incorporates the principles of wildlife biology, landscape ecology, and conservation biology.

Grant McFadden
Center Director & Professor

Grant McFadden directs the Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines, and Virotherapy (B-CIVV) at ASU. The McFadden lab studies how poxviruses that cause immunosuppression interact with the host immune system.

Kevin McGraw
Professor and SOLS Associate Director

McGraw is an integrative behavioral ecologist who primarily studies the colors of animals such as birds to understand the costs, benefits and evolution of visual signals.

LSC 522
Marianne Moore
Asst Professor

Moore joined ASU on Polytechnic campus in 2015. She studies animal ecology.

Susanne Neuer

Neuer is a biological oceanographer and plankton ecologist and studies the oceanic carbon cycle, particularly the role of plankton organisms in uptake and sequestration of anthropogenic carbon dioxide.

Arizona State University School of Life Sciences, LSE 421
Miles Orchinik
Associate Professor

Orchinik is a neuroscientist who studies how stress alters behavior, brain function, and the endocrine system. He is also interested in science education research, particularly in how undergraduates learn core concepts,

LSE 218
Jonathan Parrott
Asst Professor

Studies how biological tools can be used to increase accuracy and precision in forensic entomology and biology disciplines, with a focus on genomic, transcriptomic and ecological studies.

Beth Polidoro
Assistant Professor

Polidoro has a broad background in the marine, chemical and environmental sciences. Her research interests are in marine biodiversity conservation, risk assessment and applied toxicology.

CLCC 315 F
Bruce Rittmann

Rittmann is director of the Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology. He is an international leader in the use of microbial communities to provide services to society.

BDA 210B
Ronald Rutowski
Emeritus Professor

Ronald Rutowski research examines function and percpetion of bright coloration in animals as well as the mechanisms that produce coloration. Butterflies are a special focus of his studies.

LSC 570
John Sabo

Sabo is an ecologist who studies the importance of water in determining the viability and resilience of animal and plant populations in river and riparian ecosystems.

LSA 322
Osvaldo Sala
Foundation Professor and GIOS Center Director

Sala is the Julie A. Wrigley and Foundation Professor and the Founding Director of the Global Drylands Center at ASU.

Gerrit Schipper
Adjunct Faculty
Everett Shock

Shock has appointments in the School of Molecular Sciences and School of Earth and Space Exploration and is director of the W. M. Keck Foundation Laboratory for Environmental Biogeochemistry at ASU.

Katherine Spielmann
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Spielmann's research interests focus on prehistoric economies in smaller-scale societies, primarily in North America.

Beckett Sterner
Assistant Professor

Studies the social epistemology of pluralism: what knowledge do we need to get things done together while differing in fundamental ways? Focuses on computation and data in systematics and evolutionary biology.

Center for Biology and Society PO Box 873301
Juliet Stromberg
Emeritus Professor

Stromberg is a plant ecologist and botanist who specializes in riparian and wetland ecosystems.

LSE 717
James Sulikowski
Assoc Dir (ACD) & Professor

Sulikowski's interests in aquatic environments along with his diverse background, which includes techniques in endocrinology and fisheries biology, continues to provide his students various research opportunities.

Fabio Suzart de Albuquerque
Asst Professor

Suzart de Albuquerque is a conservation ecologist and a biogeographer.

Heather Throop
Associate Professor (joint with SESE)

Throop is an ecosystem scientist who studies how global-scale changes influence arid and semi-arid ecosystems. She is co-director of the Environmental Life Sciences PhD program.

Sander Van Der Leeuw

Van der Leeuw was awarded the "Champion of the Earth for Science and Innovation" prize by the United Nations Environment Program in 2012. He joined ASU in 2003.

Engineering Center A 107
Arvind Varsani
Associate Professor

Varsani is a molecular virologist who works across ecosystems from plants to animals and from the tropics to polar regions.

Wim Vermaas
Foundation Professor and Assoc. Director

Vermaas and his team conduct basic and applied research on cyanobacteria, a group of photosynthetic microbes, using these organisms as a chassis to produce useful compounds (biofuels, green chemicals) from sunlight and CO2.

LSE 549
Enrique Vivoni

Vivoni is a hydrologist who focuses on interactions with climate, ecosystems and landscapes in arid and semiarid regions.

Xuan Wang
Assistant Professor

Wang is an applied microbiologist, working at the interface between microbial genetics and metabolic engineering to develop new microbial production processes.

Office 499E Biodesign C 1001 S. McAllister
Martin Wojciechowski
Associate Professor and Associate Dean

Martin Wojciechowski is an evolutionary biologist who studies plants, with an emphasis on the genomics, biogeography, and phylogenetics of legumes (family Leguminosae) and cacti (family Cactaceae).

Office LSE 711
Jianguo Wu
Dean's Distinguished Professor

Wu is a Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Sustainability Science at Arizona State University. His research areas include: landscape ecology, urban ecology, and sustainability science.

LSE 705, School of Life Sciences Mail Code: 4501