Megan Marshall, Ph.D.

  • Associate Teaching Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Biological Engineering Program Coordinator
Megan Marshall, Ph.D.
305 Agricultural Engineering Building
Shortlidge Road

University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-865-3392

Areas of Expertise

  • Biomass conversion
  • Microbial ecology
  • Mathematical modeling


  1. B.S., Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Cornell University, 1998
  2. M.S., Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of California, Davis, 2001
  3. Ph.D., Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of California, Davis, 2007


  • B E 1 - Growing Your Future—First Year Seminar
  • B E 301 - Modeling Methods for Biological Systems
  • B E 302 - Heat and Mass Transfer
  • B E 460 - Biological Engineering Design I
  • B E 465 - Food and Biological Process Engineering
  • B E 466 - Biological Engineering Design II
For information about courses please visit the LionPATH Course Catalog.


  • Simmons, C.W., J.T. Claypool, M.N. Marshall, L.K. Jabusch, A.P. Reddy, B.A. Simmons, S.W. Singer, J.J. Stapleton, and J.S. VanderGheynst.  2014.  Characterization of bacterial communities in solarized soil amended with lignocellulosic matter.  Applied Soil Ecology 73: 97-104.
  • Marshall, M.N., T.R. Rumsey, J.J. Stapleton, and J.S. VanderGheynst.  2013.  A predictive model for soil temperature during solarization and model validation at two California field sites.  Transactions of the ASABE 56: 117-133.
  • Simmons, C.W., H. Guo, J.T. Claypool, M.N. Marshall, K.M. Perano, J.J. Stapleton, and J.S. VanderGheynst.  2013.  Managing compost stability and amendment to soil to enhance soil heating during soil solarization. Waste Management 33: 1090-1096.
  • Tanjore, D., T.L. Richard, and M.N. Marshall. 2012.  Experimental methods for laboratory-scale ensilage of lignocellulosic biomass.  Biomass and Bioenergy 47: 125-133.
  • Chen, Q., M.N. Marshall, S.M. Geib, M. Tien, and T.L. Richard.  2012.  Effects of laccase on lignin depolymerization and enzymatic hydrolysis of ensiled corn stover.  Bioresource Technology 117: 186-192.
  • Marshall, M.N., A.P. Reddy, and J.S. VanderGheynst. 2004. Microbial ecology of compost, p. 193-224. In P. Liens, B. Hamelers, H. Hoitink, and W. Bidlingmaier (eds.), Resource Recovery and Reuse in Organic Solid Waste Management. IWA Publishing, London.
  • Lopez, I., F. Ruiz-Larrea, L. Cocolin, E. Orr, T. Phister, M.N. Marshall, J.S. VanderGheynst, and D.A. Mills. 2003. Design and evaluation of PCR primers for analysis of bacterial populations in wine by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 69: 6801-6807.
  • Marshall, M.N., L. Cocolin, D.A. Mills, and J.S. VanderGheynst. 2003. Evaluation of PCR primers for denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis analysis of fungal communities in compost. Journal of Applied Microbiology 95: 934-948.