Mark Boudreau

Teaching Professor, Biology
Main Building, 312D
25 Yearsley Mill Road
Media, PA 19063

Mark Boudreau received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois-Urbana, an M.S. in Plant Pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Oregon State University. Since then he has had a varied career of teaching, research, and extension, all revolving around the theme of sustainable agriculture, and applying ecological understanding to food systems. He has worked at a wide range of institutions, from the small liberal arts setting of Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina, where he coordinated the sustainable agriculture program, to his own consulting business, where he headed an effort to develop organic peanut production in the Southeast. At large land-grant universities (North Carolina State University and the University of Georgia) he worked on climate change effects on natural and farming systems. International experience includes graduate work in Kenya, a sabbatical at Imperial University-Wye campus in the U.K., and co-leading a course on sustainability in Bolivia.

Dr. Boudreau began at Penn State Brandywine as an instructor in 2013, supporting the biology education effort through course contributions involving plants, ecology, and human-environment interactions.  He currently represents the department as Biology Liaison, and is active in sustainability efforts.  His research interests include creating agricultural resilience through diversification, and communicating climate change in a way that is accessible, compelling, and encourages engagement.

Select Publications

Boudreau, M.A., B.B. Shew, and L.E. Duffie Andrako. 2016. Impact of Intercropping on Epidemics of Groundnut Leaf Spots: Defining Constraints and Opportunities through a Seven-year Field Study. Plant Pathology 65:601-611. doi:

Boudreau, M.A. 2013. Diseases in Intercropping Systems. Annual Review of Phytopathology 51:499-519. doi: http://10.1146/annurev-phyto-082712-102246

Boudreau, M.A., C.A. Furman, L. Darby, and C. McNutt. 2012, rev. 2017. Anticipating Drought on Rainfed Farms in the Southeast. University of Georgia Extension Bulletin 1403. doi:

Furman, C.A., C. Roncoli, W. Bartels, M.A. Boudreau, H. Crockett, and H. Grey. 2014. Social Justice in Climate Services: Engaging African American Farmers in the American South. Climate Risk Management 2:11-25. doi:

Pelini, S.L., M.A. Boudreau, N. McCoy, A.M. Ellison, N.J. Gotelli, N.J. Sanders, and R.P. Dunn.  2011. Effects of short-term warming on low and high latitude forest ant communities. EcoSphere 2:art62. doi: