Dr. Michelle J. Serapiglia

Assistant Professor of Biology

Professional Education

  • Bachelors of Science in Plant Biology - University of New Hampshire
  • Masters of Science in Plant Biology - University of New Hampshire
  • Ph.D. in Environmental and Forest Biology - SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Courses Taught

  • Principles of Biology I
  • Genetics
  • Genetics Laboratory
  • Clinical Microbiology Laboratory

Research Interest

Dr. Serapiglia’s research area is in bioenergy crop production and biomass composition.  She is interested in how the environment and various management practices impact crop growth, biomass composition, and quality for conversion to biofuels.  One of her key research areas is in developing new analytical methods to evaluate woody biomass and perennial grasses.  She is also working on developing research to evaluate the use of bioenergy crops as agricultural buffers.

Selected Publications

Serapiglia, M.J., Dien, B., Boateng, A.A., Casler, M.D. 2017. Impact of harvest time and switchgrass cultivar on sugar release through enzymatic hydrolysis.  BioEnergy Research 10: 377-387.

Serapiglia, M.J., Boateng, A.A., Lee, D.K., Casler, M.D. 2016. Switchgrass harvest time management can impact biomass yield and nutrient content.  Crop Science 56: 1970-1980. 

Serapiglia, M.J., Gouker, F.E., Cameron, K.D., Hart, J.F., Unda, F., Mansfield, S.D., Smart, L.B. 2015. Ploidy level affects important biomass traits of novel shrub willow (Salix) hybrids.  BioEnergy Research 8: 259-269.

Serapiglia, M.J., Gouker, F.E., Smart, L.B. 2014. Early selection of novel triploid hybrids of shrub willow with improved biomass yield relative to diploids. BMC Plant Biology 14: 74.

Townsend, J.M., Hall, C.A.S., Volk, T.A., Murphy, D., Ofezu, G., Powers, B., Quaye, A., Serapiglia, M. 2014. Energy Return on Investment (EROI), Liquid Fuel Production, and Consequences for Wildlife. In: J.E. Gates, D.L. Trauger, B. Czech, ed. Peak Oil, Economic Growth, and Wildlife Conservation, Springer New York, pp. 29-61.

Stanton, B., Serapiglia, M.J., Smart, L.B. 2014.  The domestication and conservation of Populus and Salix genetic resources.  In: J. Richardson and J. Isebrands, ed. Poplars and Willows: Trees for Society and the Environment. Rome, Italy: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Ch. 4.

Serapiglia, M.J., Cameron, K.D., Stipanovic, A.J., Abrahamson, L.P., Volk, T.A., Smart, L.B. 2013. Yield and woody biomass traits of novel hybrids of shrub willow at two contrasting sites.  BioEnergy Research 6: 533-546.

Serapiglia, M.J., Cameron, K.D., Stipanovic, A.J., Smart, L.B.  2012. Correlations of expression of cell wall biosynthesis genes with variation in biomass composition in shrub willow (Salix spp.) biomass crops.  Tree Genetics and Genomes 8: 775-778.

Contact Information

Michelle Serapiglia, Ph.D.

Bernardine Hall 143



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