Becky Cecala


Office Location: n/a

Adjunct Faculty

EMU at Lancaster


Ph.D. Candidate in American Studies, Penn State Harrisburg (Graduation Dec. 2016)
M.A. in Theology, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (2010)
M.S. in Biology, Syracuse University (2005)
B.S. in Biology, Allegheny College (2002)


Mayer, C.M., B. Zhu, R. Cecala. 2016. The Zebra Mussel Invasion of Oneida Lake: Benthification of a Eutrophic Lake. In L.G. Rudstam, E.L. Mills, J. R. Jackson, and D.J. Stewart, editors. Oneida Lake: Long-Term Dynamics of a Managed Ecosystem and its Fishery. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland.

Cecala, R.K., C.M. Mayer, K. L. Schulz, and E.L. Mills. 2008. Increased Benthic Algal Primary Production in Response to the Invasive Zebra Mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) in a Productive Ecosystem, Oneida Lake, New York. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology 50(11): 1452-1466.

Johnson R.K. and Ostrofsky M.L. 2004. Effects of sediment nutrients and depth on small-scale spatial heterogeneity of submersed macrophyte communities in Lake Pleasant, Pennsylvania. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 61(8): 1493-1502.

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

(2014, 2015) Co-chair and reviewer for the Religion, Media, and Popular Culture section of the Mid-Atlantic Region American Academy of Religion Conference, Mount St. Mary College, Newburgh, NY.

(2014) Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, Chicago, IL. “From Breast Milk to Twilight Sleep: How the popular discourse of middle class mothers and physicians shaped ‘scientific motherhood’ in early twentieth-century America.”

(2014) Eastern American Studies Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA. “Dr. Sara Josephine Baker: Bringing Common Sense and ‘Mother-wit’ to Public Health in Early Twentieth-Century New York.”

(2013) Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, Washington, DC. I presented talk entitled, “Vegetarian Christians: reformulating the human-nonhuman animal relationship in twenty-first century Christianity.”

(2013) Eastern American Studies Association Conference, Harrisonburg, VA. I gave the ecological perspective on a panel entitled: “Perspectives on Contemporary Religious Identity: Who Defines the Other?”

(2012) Webinar presentation, Center for Innovative Teaching Excellence, Harrisburg Area Community College. I gave a presentation to faculty on Dr. Peter M. Saunders webinar “Using Collaborative Teams In and Out of Class” and how to implement his ideas in courses.

(2004) International Association of Great Lakes Research Summer Meeting, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Presentation: “Effects of increased water clarity due to zebra mussels on benthic community primary production in Oneida Lake, NY.”

(2004) Great Lakes Research Consortium Spring Meeting, State University of New York Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY. Presentation: “Effects of zebra mussel invasion on net benthic community primary production in Oneida Lake, NY.”

(2002) American Society of Limnology and Oceanography Summer Meeting, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Poster: “The distribution and abundance of submerged macrophytes in Lake Pleasant, PA” (poster).

Honors, Awards and Grants

(2015) Harold K. Schilling Dean’s Graduate Scholarship for graduate students whose research is relevant to science, religion, and ethics, The Graduate School, Penn State University

(2012) Robert W. Graham Endowed Graduate Fellowship, Penn State Harrisburg

(2012 – 2014) Teaching Assistantship, The Graduate School, Penn State Harrisburg

(2006 – 2009) Presidential Scholar Award, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

(2004) Outstanding Teaching Assistant (TA) award, the TA Program, Syracuse University

(2002 – 2004) Teaching Assistantship, Graduate School, Syracuse University

(2002) Phi Beta Kappa, Allegheny College

Professional Memberships

American Studies Association
Eastern American Studies Association
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
Phi Beta Kappa Society

Courses Taught

LIT 312 – Ecological Themes in Science Fiction

BIO 161 – Food and Population

REL 223 – World Religions