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Dr. Susan SwensenDr. Susan Swensen

Dr. Susan Swensen is a professor of biology in the Biology Department. She graduated from Grinnell College in 1985 with a B.A. in Biology. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in the fields of Botany and Plant Physiology & Genetics. After post-doctoral positions at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and Indiana University, she began teaching at Ithaca College in 1996 in the Department of Biology and was granted tenure and promotion to the rank of associate professor in 2002. Dr. Swensen specializes in evolutionary biology, with a focus on plant evolution and the evolution of plant-bacterial and plant-insect associations. She teaches an introductory biology course for majors and courses in evolution and plant biology. She is an affiliated faculty member of the Environmental Studies & Sciences Department and served on the steering committee prior to its transition to department status. Dr. Swensen is actively engaged in Ithaca College’s commitment to sustainability and received a Dean’s Award for her work in developing a building-based sustainability group. She is a member of Ithaca College’s President’s Climate Commitment Committee, helped develop the college's Climate Action Plan, has overseen the college's annual greenhouse gas emissions inventory, and co-coordinates Ithaca College’s Finger Lakes Project and annual workshop. She has supervised several student research projects in the area of sustainability science and has presented with her students at national meetings including AASHE and Greening of the Campus.

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