Recent Updates

Diane Debinski has accepted a new position at Montana State University as Department Head of Ecology (effective July 1, 2017).

Her new email is:
The MSU Ecology Department website can be found here:

Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium is launched

Visit the site

The Way Forward for Biological Field Stations – a summary of National Research Council report


Debinski serves as Iowa State University Director for the North Central Climate Science Center University Consortium


Collaboration with Dr. Jeremy Kerr featured in the University of Ottawa Research Perspectives


Debinski serves as a member of the scientific advisory panel for an international, data driven project dedicated to butterfly biodiversity, conservation, and education called ebutterfly


Welcome to the Debinski Lab!

My research focuses on understanding and predicting species distribution and abundance patterns across the landscape at local and regional scales. These patterns, when analyzed for spatial or temporal trajectories, can become bioindicators of environmental change.

In mountain systems, I have studied the responses of plant and animal species to drought, warming conditions, and reduced snowpack. In prairie and grassland systems I have studied how landscape configuration, landscape context and landscape management affect local and regional species patterns. My study organisms have included plants, birds, and insects. This approach has allowed me to develop models to understand responses across multiple trophic levels and multiple taxonomic groups.

In addition to my ecological research, I have conducted research on women in science and engineering. I served as a co-PI with a team of ISU administrators, biologists, engineers, philosophers, and sociologists on an NSF funded ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant to improve the recruitment and retention of women in science and engineering.

My teaching contributions include both undergraduate and graduate level courses and they echo the areas of my research expertise. I teach undergraduate and graduate level Conservation Biology courses, Introductory Biology, Women in Science and Engineering, and the Extended Field Trip course. The Women in Science and Engineering course serves as a diversity requirement for undergraduates and draws students from across the university, both male and female.

In all of my classes I emphasize interactive tools to engage students in the learning process and I place a high priority on teaching effective written and oral communication skills.

I hope you explore my web page and enjoy what you find. If you have any questions about my research or opportunities in my lab, please email me at my new address: