Chatham University

Executive Master of Sustainability Leadership (EMSL) Faculty and Staff

Sherie Edenborn Ph.D.

Sherie Edenborn
Associate Professor of Biology
Hometown : Sheffield, PA
Joined Chatham : 2008

Academic Areas of Interest

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture; Environmental/Soil Microbiology; Soil Food Webs.

Personal Areas of Interest

Hiking, Running, Biking, Photography, Painting, Gardening, Theater, Folk/Alternative Music, Enjoying Local and Sustainable Food, Keeping Bees.


I was born and raised in northwestern Pennsylvania in the small town of Sheffield. I have a diverse background in both environmental science/ecology and allied health science. For the past 15 years I have taught microbiology to nursing students. I also have worked as a medical technologist at Jefferson Hospital in Pittsburgh and an environmental microbiologist for the U.S. Bureau of Mines. During my tenure with the Bureau of Mines, my research was focused on the use of constructed wetland to treat acid mine drainage. Prior to joining the faculty at Chatham, I was an assistant professor of biology at West Virginia Wesleyan College. My research is in the general area of environmental microbiology. My dissertation work focused on evaluation of the impact of agronomic and anthropogenic disturbances on the diversity and dynamics of microbial communities in soils from organic farms and upland pastures. I am very interested in sustainable agriculture, especially the role of microorganisms in establishing and maintaining soil quality. Currently, I am conducting research focused on the use of biochar remediation and urban gardens. I also co-founded of the Chatham apiary with Dr. Gary Marshall and Kerri LaCharite.


  • Ph.D., West Virginia University, 2007
  • M.S., Biology, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 1990
  • B.S. Biology (summa cum laude) & Medical Technology, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 1987 & 1997



  • Medical Technology - American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP)


  • Gamma Sigma Delta, Honor Society of Agriculture (2007)
  • Provost Fellowship, Kent State University (1992)
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists Outstanding Student Award (1987)
  • Penn State University Student Travel Award to Symposium in Plant Physiology (1987)
  • Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society (1986)
  • Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society (1984)


  • Ecological Society of America


  • Grant: West Virginia Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (WVEPSCoR) Instrumentation Grant, “Real-time Graphing and Analysis Modules to Promote Inquiry-based Learning in Physiology and Environmental Science Classes,” $19,721, December, 2007.