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Tanya Renner

Principal Investigator

I'm an organismal biologist that uses integrative methods in studying biodiversity, molecular evolution, genomics, biochemistry, physiology, and morphology. I'm especially interested in the evolution of chemical and structural defense mechanisms. My favorite study systems are plants and insects.


2023 - current | Associate Professor, Entomology, The Pennsylvania State University

2017 - 2023 | Assistant Professor, Entomology, The Pennsylvania State University


2015-2017 | Assistant Professor, Evolutionary Biology, San Diego State University


2012-2015 | NIH Postdoctoral Excellence in Research and Teaching Fellow (PERT), IRACDA Program, University of Arizona.


2012 | Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley


2012 | Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of California, Berkeley



2011 | Ph.D. Plant Biology, University of California, Berkeley

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

  • Chang-Lin Tien Graduate Fellow in Environmental Sciences

2006 | Biology, summa cum laude, San Diego State University


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