Sally Entrekin, associate professor of entomology, is one of a number of new faculty members in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences this academic year.

New positions were identified to bring talent to the college's focus areas, including food, health, the environment, and community viability. The new faculty members are distributed across teaching, research, and Extension.

Entrekin aims to understand how aquatic macroinvertebrates process and transfer energy and cycle material in streams and wetlands. Freshwater ecosystems support aquatic invertebrate species vulnerable to environmental alterations that sustain food webs. Her research quantifies how macroinvertebrate communities and their functions change in response to human activities to inform whole-ecosystem anthropogenic alterations.

Entrekin’s current research focuses on how watershed fragmentation, over-consumption of freshwater and contamination from agriculture, urbanization, and hydraulic fracturing interact to alter community structure and ecosystem functions in streams.

She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Georgia Southwestern State University, her master’s degree in entomology from the University of Georgia, and her doctorate in biology from the University of Notre Dame.