University of Vermont

Sarah Lovell homepage Sarah Taylor Lovell, Assistant Professor

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Courses Taught:
PSS 137 - Landscape Design Fundamentals
PSS 238 - Ecological Landscape Design
PSS 295 - Agroecology and Multifunctional Landscapes (co-taught with Dr. Ernesto Mendez)
PSS 196 - Sustainable Landscape Design
PSS 198 - Residential Lawn Alternatives

With degrees in both landscape architecture and agronomy, my research focuses on the design and analysis of sustainable landscapes in intensively-managed urban and agricultural systems.  In our current environment, landscapes must be multifunctional to improve their ability to provide important ecosystem services.  I am particularly interested in exploring opportunities for sustainable and multifunctional landscape design in non-crop areas of agricultural landscapes, stormwater bioinfiltration systems, and campus research landscapes.  Opportunities will be explored for increasing ecosystem services provided by a single landscape to include productivity, biodiversity, storm water infiltration and treatment, climate regulation, soil formation and retention, tourism, visual quality, research, and education.  Marginal landscapes such as riparian zones, wetlands, roadsides, fencerows, pathways, and brownfields will be the primary target of this effort, as their performance potential is often ignored.  My research program will contribute to the expansion of the exciting field of Ecological Design through a focus on multifunctional landscapes.

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