Deborah Marr is Associate Professor of Biology. She received her Ph.D. in Evolution and Plant Sciences from Indiana University – Bloomington in 1997, and did her postdoctoral work at Vanderbilt University. She joined the Biology faculty at IU-South Bend in 2000. Professor Marr does research in the areas of Disease ecology, Restoration Ecology, and Plant reproductive ecology and evolution. She is currently serving as a Plant ecology associate editor for the American Midland Naturalist journal.
Professor Marr teaches courses in Introductory Biology, Ecology, Field biology, Environmental Biology, and has taught a Master of Liberal Science Seminar on Food, Science, and Society. She has received recognition for her teaching including a Trustees Teaching Award, and she is a member of FACET (Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching). She has been an active member of the IU-South Bend Recycling Committee since 2001, served as chair of the Sustainability campus committee in 2006-07, and was a co-coordinator with Scott Sernau for the Sustainable Communities Campus Theme in 2007-08. She serves as the advisor for the Environmental Justice League Club (EJL) and is coordinating the Hoosier Riverwatch program with EJL to monitor water quality of the St. Joseph River that runs through the IU South Bend campus.
Professor Marr is available for speaking engagements on the topics of developing and expanding recycling programs, incorporating native plants into landscaping, and a variety of environmental science topics, such as monitoring water quality and ecological effects of climate change.