Dr. Lauren F. HowardLauren F. Howard

Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Lauren Howard joined the biology faculty at Arcadia University in the fall of 2007.  He will be teaching courses in ecology and conservation biology, while developing a new research program in forest ecology. Dr. Howard has taught biology majors and non-majors in courses including environmental science, introduction to ecology, heredity & evolution, and plant physiological ecology. His teaching goals include finding new ways to incorporate the writing process and discussion of primary literature into science classes, as well as making science accessible and relevant to all students. In the latter case, Dr. Howard tries to get students to link global issues and current events with scientific study, especially in the field of environmental and ecological studies, inspiring students to put their scientific knowledge to work beyond the classroom.

Dr. Howard’s academic background includes a B.S. in Biology from Norwich University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the University of New Hampshire. After completing a post-doctoral research appointment with the National Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry at UNH, Dr. Howard was a visiting faculty member at DePauw University and Saint Joseph's University.  His research has focused on plant community ecology with an emphasis on biodiversity protection & conservation, ecosystem modeling, and understanding the historical effects of human disturbances on forest dynamics. Dr. Howard is a strong believer in making research available through publication and conferences and in getting undergraduate students involved in all aspects of the research process.

Recent Publications

  • Howard, L.F, J.A. Litvaitis, T.D. Lee, and M.J. Ducey. 2005. "Reconciling the effects of historic land use and disturbance on conservation of biodiversity in managed forests of the northeastern United States." National Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry (NCSSF), Washington, D.C. 186 pp.
  • Howard, L.F. and T.D. Lee. 2003. "Temporal patterns of vascular plant diversity in southeastern New Hampshire Forests." Forest Ecology and Management. 185:5-20. Link
  • Howard, L.F. and T.D. Lee. 2002. "Upland old-field succession in southeastern New Hampshire." Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society. 129:60-76. Link

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