Isabella Petitta is an NSF graduate research fellow and MS student in the Ecology Program. She is co-advised by Drs. Margarita López-Uribe and Autumn Sabo. She obtained her B.S. in Environmental Science with minors in Psychology and Biology from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA (USA) in 2021. At Penn State, Isabella’s research integrates principles from environmental management and plant ecology to investigate how prescribed fire and browsing influence plant fitness and pollination. Isabella is broadly interested in wild bee community ecology along with factors influencing pollination and bee species health. She is passionate about scientific outreach and education.



Blue Lupine Conservation


López-Uribe MM, Demchak K, Fleischer SJ, Bird S, Pettita I, Turley NE (2022).  Pollination of Blueberry Crops in Pennsylvania. Penn State Extension (Article)