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About

Jeffrey Lehman, Ph.D

Department of Biology & Earth Sciences


Professor

Education

Purdue University, PhD in Plant Pathology
Manchester University, B.S. Biology

Research and Teaching Interests
  • Studying the variation in populations of fungal pathogens of plants in natural and agricultural settings.
  • Arsenic tolerance in the tropical fern Pteris vittata.
Personal Bio
Dr. Lehman is a plant pathologist who studies the ecological/epidemiological interactions between plants and their pathogens (e.g., floral-infecting fungi and their hosts). He teaches biology, plant biology, genetics and tropical ecology courses. His research interest is in studying the variation in populations of fungal pathogens of plants in natural and agricultural settings. In addition to providing a better understanding of the biology of the pathogen (population genetics and dynamics), information from such studies could be applied to develop resistant host varieties. A second area of research is arsenic tolerance in the tropical fern Pteris vittata. His objective is to understand the role that arsenic hyperaccumulation plays in the growth and reproductive biology of fern gametophytes. In addition, he is interested in how arsenic hyperaccumulation might reduce rates of herbivory and pathogen attack.

/Contact

JLehman@otterbein.edu

614.823.1567