Jeffrey S. Lehman, Ph.D.
Professor, Life Science (Biology); Genetics; Plant Biology; Tropical Ecology
Biology and Earth Science
Science Center, 125
- B.S. Biology, Manchester University
- Ph.D. Plant Pathology, Purdue University
Research & 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.
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.