Deborah Finke

Debbie Finke


Professor & Director of Undergraduate Programs - PST

Division of Plant Science & Technology

Research at a glance

Area(s) of Expertise

Research Summary

Insects provide valuable ecosystem services of benefit to humans, including pest control and pollination. Decline in insect diversity due to habitat loss and climate change threatens these ecosystem services. My goal is to better understand the influence of environmental change on the outcome of interactions among species so that we can predict, and ultimately mitigate, these threats.

Educational background

  • Ph.D., University of Maryland
  • M.S., University of Maryland
  • B.S., Centre College

Courses taught

  • PLNT SCI 3710: Introductory Entomology
  • PLNT SCI 4940: Internship in Plant Science
  • PLNT SCI 4950: Undergraduate Research in Plant Science
  • PLNT SCI 9810: Insect Ecology
  • PLNT SCI 7970: Readings in Plant-Insect Interactions
  • AFNR 2191: Italy Study Abroad: Re-thinking Food Security