Chad Scholes

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Professor of Biology
College of Arts and Sciences
Science Center 220B


Ph.D. Agronomy, South Dakota State University
M.A. Biology, University of South Dakota
B.S. Biology, South Dakota State University


Chad Scholes, Ph.D., grew up and went to college in South Dakota. He studied an invasive plant species named leafy spurge (Euphorbia esula L.), including flea beetles that eat it, for his dissertation work at South Dakota State University. His teaching interests are related to ecology, plants and the environment. Current research efforts are working with students to investigate the bacterial epiphytes that inhabit tree leaves.

In his spare time, Scholes enjoys walking his dogs, frolicking on prairies and chasing pikas across snow-covered talus slopes.