B.S., Biology, Beloit College; Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Program in Ecology, The Pennsylvania State University
Courses taught: Principles of Biology II, Ecology, Environmental Management, Ecology, Society and Environment, Conservation Biology, Tropical Ecology and Conservation, Directed Study and Senior Thesis Research in Biology and Environmental Science
I have also conducted research and been involved in conservation efforts in the northeastern U.S. as well as in Belize, Mexico, Madagascar and Russia through my work with Community Conservation.
My broad research interests are in applying ecological approaches to help understand, predict and ultimately solve real-world problems. I have active research interests in plant community ecology, the character of ecotones between communities and across landscapes, the impacts of human disturbance on plant community structure and dynamics, conservation biology and environmental management. I have recently been investigating freshwater, aquatic plant communities.
Riparian systems are of particular interest because of their species richness and variability in space and time, their impact on water quality, their importance as wildlife habitat, and the development and human utilization pressures on these systems. My primary focus is on elucidating patterns of plant diversity in relation to flooding regimes, topography, soils, physical characteristics of the landscape, and human disturbance. Much of this research has incorporated use of geographic information systems (GIS), multivariate statistics and spatial modeling in efforts to identify key environmental gradients and human impacts that are influencing these systems.