College of Science
Outstanding Graduate Mentor of the Year
Susannah French is an associate professor of biology at Utah State University. Dr. French received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in 2002 and a Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 2006. She was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Indiana University before she joined the Biology faculty at USU in 2009. Her research group currently includes three Ph.D. students and a large number of undergraduates, who are invaluable to her work. Dr. French’s group is widely published in a variety of journals and has received funding from the National Science Foundation, United States Geological Survey, the Department of Defense, and National Geographic. Through the NSF Faculty CAREER Award, Dr. French has mentored four different graduate students studying how animals allocate energy among physiological systems critical to health, reproduction, and survival.
Dr. French studies the physiology of animals in their natural environment, from lizards to polar bears. Her main line of research focuses on reptiles in Utah, The Bahamas, and the Galapagos Islands, to better understand how animals respond to anthropogenic disturbances. By using a variety of methods in the laboratory and the field, she is working to understand how species respond and hopefully adapt to environmental changes.