BS, State University College at Oswego; MS, State University College at Brockport; Ph.D., University of Rhode Island
Dr. Susan Smith Pagano is an Associate Professor of Biology at Rochester Institute for Technology. She teaches in the Biology and Environmental Science programs in the School of Life Sciences and has developed elective courses in Comparative Animal Physiology, Ornithology, and Animal Nutrition. Dr. Pagano is a physiological ecologist who studies the dynamic relationships between fuel utilization, physiological condition and diet quality in migrating songbirds at stopover sites, with expertise in the application of plasma metabolite profiling in birds as a field technique. Her research initiatives also include nutritional ecology with a focus on the nutritional and biochemical differences among native and invasive wild fruits, and physiological implications for birds that consume them. Recent work has focused on an assessment of refueling physiology and diet in Catharus thrushes migrating through the Braddock Bay area, and outcomes of the work inform habitat management and conservation. She is a Teacher-Scholar and has mentored about 50 undergraduate research students at RIT, in addition to several graduate students, many of whom are from traditionally under-represented groups in STEM fields. Dr. Pagano is a Research Associate affiliated with the Braddock Bay Bird Observatory and is on their Board of Directors. She is actively involved in professional service and is an elected Fellow of the American Ornithological Society.
In the News
February 2, 2024
Students lean into technology and design to improve the environment
Students in Campus Ecology explored how culture, art, science, and design influence their views and understandings of nature. They also discussed how interdisciplinary collaboration and leaning into the intersection of technology, the arts, and design could improve communication and understanding of ecological concepts and sustainability goals.
RIT Biology Major Awarded Student Research Grant from Rochester Academy of Science
Erica Delles (4th year biology)
Erica Delles was awarded a student research grant for her proposal, ““Physiological Condition in Relation to Molecular Sex of Thrushes During Migration Stopover.”