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Susan Whitehead

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
408 Latham Hall (MC 0309)
220 Ag Quad Lane
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Major Field of Interest

Evolutionary Ecology of Plant Interactions

Current Research

  1. Plant evolutionary responses to multi-species interactions
  2. Chemical ecology of seed dispersal and fruit defense
  3. Domestication and plant defense
  4. Agricultural applications of chemical ecology
  • 2014-2016 Post-doctoral Research Associate, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Department of Entomology. Advisor: Katja Poveda
  • 2013 Ph.D., Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology., University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. Advisor: M. Deane Bowers. Dissertation: Ecological costs and benefits of secondary metabolites in animal-dispersed fruits
  • 2010 Research Assistant • Human Microbiome Project, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Colorado, Supervisor: Rob Knight
  • 2008-2009 Science Discovery Wilderness Camp Staff • University of Colorado. "Wolves and Wilderness", Ages 9-13 • Summer 2008. "Pacific Northwest Marine Science Trek", Ages 13-17 • Summer 2008-2009
  • 2006 Field Geologist • geophysical surveys of northern Minnesota wetlands
  • 2003 Research Technician, Floristic Inventory of Madidi National Park, Bolivia, Supervisor: Peter Jørgensen, Missouri Botanical Garden2001 B.A., Biology, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
  • 1999 Environmental Education Intern • Wintergreen Nature Foundation, VA
  • 1999 Research Technician • point count surveys of bird communities in Wintergreen, VA, Supervisor: Dr. Ruth Beck, College of William and Mary