Major in Biology

Bachelor of Science Degree • School of Arts and Sciences

Biology Faculty

The biology faculty of Utica College is noted not only for the quality of its teaching but also for the depth and breadth of its scholarship. Research conducted by faculty members involves students. These students earn research credit, gain valuable field and lab experience, and publish their research in peer-reviewed scientific journals. This student research has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, NASA, the National Geographic Society, The Alden Trust, The Community Foundation, and the New York Energy and Development Authority. Many biology professors have been honored with the college's awards for distinguished teaching, research, or both.

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Members of the biology faculty and their research interests are:

Jeffrey A. Lombardo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

Jeffrey A. Lombardo, Ph.D.
Phone: (315) 792-3028
Office: 193 Gordon Science Center


Populations of many forest pest insects are characterized by complex dynamics, often involving alternating states of abundance that can vary in space as well as time. The question of why populations fluctuate, and what factors contribute to these patterns are important not only for understanding the processes that drive these dynamics, but also in mitigating pest outbreaks. To that end, I incorporate ecological and evolutionary theory to address questions that have strong applied value. I am particularly interested in the influence of extrinsic factors on the abundance of invasive insects, with an emphasis on the effect of temperature, and the response of species to altered thermal regimes. Some of my recent research has focused on the relationship between thermal environment and phenological synchrony, and the feedbacks among synchrony, abundance, and population growth. Other recent work has focused on quantifying evidence of thermal adaptation in invasive insects, an important process in the establishment and spread of introduced populations. Finally, I am very interested in the influence of biotic factors such as natural enemies in regulating abundance. From an applied perspective, an a priori evaluation of these factors in a species native range can be an important tool in determining the potential efficacy of management techniques such as predator-based biocontrol programs in that species invaded habitat.

A list of publications is available on Research Gate (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jeffrey_Lombardo)

I am originally from Rochester, NY. I completed a B.S. in Environmental and Forest Biology from SUNY ESF, an M.S. in Environmental and Plant Biology from Ohio University, and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Dartmouth College. I also worked as a post-doc in the forest entomology lab at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Prior to my PhD, I was a research technician in the Forest Ecology lab at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Maryland.


Dr. Daniel Kurtz
Chair of Biology

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