My broad experiences in forestry, ecology, genetics and entomology inspire me to conduct research, in collaboration with other scientists and stakeholders, which explore the complex interactions that define forest ecosystems. I focus on questions related to the patterns and functions of forests in response to human-induced changes in climate, land use, and the introduction of non-native invasive terrestrial organisms. Recently, I’ve integrated environmental sociology and ecological economics into my research approach to explore the human-dimensions of management decisions and land-use change.
I teach three undergraduate courses each spring. Forest Ecosystem Health is a senior level course for forestry, wildlife biology, and environmental science undergraduates. I engage students in "real life" environment issues by offering the course within the service-learning framework. The class partners with The State of Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation and USDA APHIS. The second course is a service-learning course entitled: Ecology and Arts of Arid Ecosystems. The class is available to student’s campus-wide. The course ends with a field practicum in Arad, Israel. The third course is Invasion Ecology and Management. This course is also available to student’s campus wide.