Susan Whitehead this month has joined the Department of Biological Sciences, part of the Virginia Tech College of Science, as an assistant professor.

Whitehead focuses her research on ecology and evolution of interactions between plants and other organisms, using a combination of field studies, greenhouse, and lab experiments with plants and the diverse organisms that consume them, including insects, fungal pathogens, and vertebrates. Her lab will be known as the Whitehead Lab.

She earned her bachelor of arts in biology from Oberlin College in 2001 and a doctoral degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Colorado in 2013. She previously served as a postdoctoral research associate at Cornell University.

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