Course Instructors at PLE

"I made amazing friends and really connected with the instructors"

     - PLE student evaluation


PLE's instructors are not only excellent teachers but also expert researchers in the fields of ecology and evolution! Student evaluations at the end of each session consistently confirm the high quality of our instructors.

Dr. Rickey Cothran 

Institution : SW Oklahoma State University

Interests : Behavioral Ecology, Ecotoxicology

Dr. Shane Hanlon

Institution : American Geophysical Union

Interests : Disease & Conservation Ecology


Dr. Gabriel Karns 

Institution : Ohio State University

Interests : Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology


Dr. Steve Latta

Dr. Steve Latta

Institution : National Aviary

Interests : Bird Ecology and Conservation

Dr. Jack "Randy" Layne

Institution : Slippery Rock University

Interests : Ecophysiology of insects and amphibians

Dr. Kurt Regester

Institution : Clarion University

Interests : Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, Amphibians & Reptiles

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Dr. Stephanie Strickler

Institution: Murray State University

Interests: Animal interactions/behavioral

Dr. Nina Thumser

Institution: Edinboro University

Interests: Animal Behavioral, Behavioral Ecology

Dr. Joe Townsend

Institution: Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Interests: Systematics, Tropical Conservation, Evolutionary Biogeography, and Herpetology

 Andrew Turner

Dr. Andrew Turner

Institution : Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Interests : Aquatic ecology: Limnology and Fish Ecology

Dr. Ryan Utz

Institution : Chatham University

Interests : Applied Ecology and Environmental Science