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Keith Landa

Director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center (Associate Librarian)

I spend my time supporting course design and faculty development programming, promoting the development of virtual and physical learning spaces for campus, and generally assisting faculty in their adoption of innovative instructional approaches.

In my faculty role, I hang out with the environmental studies program. My research background was in developmental neurobiology, plant-herbivore interactions, insect life-history evolution and clonal plant population ecology. I’ve taught a wide range of biology, environmental studies, honors, first-year and other courses in my past faculty positions.

Marvin the MartianI’m also a bit of a Mars aficionado. My personal library is filled with Mars textbooks, Mars nonfiction texts, Mars science fiction literature, and Mars films. Mars exploration, environmental studies, and evolutionary biology may seem a strange combination – or maybe not. In my mind, worlds are what interest me: how they are put together, how they function, how they have come to be the way they are. The two worlds I am most interested in are planet Earth, and planet Mars.

Keith Landa earned his BS in zoology at Iowa State University in 1977; his MS in neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego in 1980; and his PhD in biological sciences (ecology and evolutionary biology) at the University of Michigan in 1989.

Representative Courses

  • Mars Explorations
  • Search for Life in the Universe
  • Geology


Murphy, E., Widdall C., Wozniak N., Landa K., Conyers G., Roche C., Klesenski-Rispoli D., Travers N., Tjoe E., Das J., Howd E., Halada G., & Frank L. (2013). Final Report from the ePortfolio Task Group. 1-20., 05/22: SUNY

Ketchum, G., Landa K., Brown K., Charuk K., DeFranco T., Heise M., McCabe R., Youngs-Maher P., & Shah-Nelson C. (2011).  Learning Management Systems Review. , 02/2011, Albany, NY USA: State University of New York

Landa, K. B. (1992).  Adaptive Season Variation in Grasshopper Offspring Size. Evolution. 46(5), 1553-1558.

Landa, K., Benner B., Watson M. A., & Gartner J. (1992).  Physiological integration for carbon in mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum), a clonal perennial herb. Oikos. 63, 348-356.

Landa, K. (1992).  Seasonal declines in offspring fitness and selection for early reproduction in two species of nymph-overwintering grasshoppers. Evolution. 46, 121-135.

Goldberg, D., & Landa K. (1991).  Competitive effect and response: hierarchies and correlated traits in the early stages of competition. Journal of Ecology. 79, 1013-1030.

Landa, K., & Rabinowitz D. (1983).  Relative preference of Arphia sulphurea (Orthoptera: Acrididae) for sparse and common prairie grasses. Ecology. 64, 392-395.

Landa, K. B., Adler R., Manthorpe M., & Varon S. (1980).  Cholinergic neuronotrophic factors. III. Developmental increase of trophic activity for chick ciliary ganglionic neurons in their intraocular target tissues. Developmental Biology. 74, 401-408.

Manthorpe, M., Skaper S., Adler R., Landa K. B., & Varon S. (1980).  Cholinergic neuronotrophic factors. IV. Fractionation properties of an extract from selected chick embryonic eye tissues. Journal of Neurochemistry. 34, 69-75.

Adler, R., Landa K. B., Manthorpe M., & Varon S. (1979).  Cholinergic neuronotrophic factors. II. Intraocular distribution of trophic activity for ciliary ganglionic neurons. Science. 204,1434-1436.

Drewes, C. D., Landa K. B., & McFall J. L. (1978).  Giant nerve fiber activity in intact, freely-moving earthworms. Journal of experimental Biology. 72, 217-227.