Stanley Sessions, Ph.D.
Stanley Sessions, Ph.D., professor of biology, received a collaborative research grant from the National Science Foundation in 2005 to fund the project Community Ecology as a Framework for Understanding Disease Dynamics. The $86,000 grant funded a three year research project. The goal of the study is to determine the direct and/or indirect effects of environmental stressors, especially chemical pollutants and predators, on the transmission and spread of parasitic disease in amphibians. The research has been a collaborative effort with ecologist Jason Rohr and his team at Pennsylvania State University. An important component of the project is the interaction among undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty at the two institutions.