Assistant Professor of Plant Science
She teaches courses on ecology, ethnobotany, and soundscapes. Her research focuses on climate change effects on ecological communities, and how to conserve biodiversity with climate change. Bringing a background in anthropology to her work in ecology, she strives for a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to socio-ecological challenges.
How do living things exist together? Ecology is the study of the relationships of living things to each other and their environment. With an emphasis on plants, this course will introduce students to community and landscape ecology, as well as explore broader socio-ecological perspectives, including conservation/restoration ecology, the effects of global change and political ecology. We will use a combination of primary scientific literature, popular science media, environmental literature, and textbook resources. Students will also begin to explore basic ecological study design and analysis in R programming language. We will explore local field sites and conduct in depth observation of a campus ecological community. Walking in variable terrain and weather will be required. This course has no prerequisites.
Soundscapes will explore the emerging field of eco-musicology -- bridging music and sound studies with ecology. Using primary literature, mixed media and deep listening, the course will address the ways that sound functions in the ecological environment, and the ways sound and music can be used to represent ecological phenomena. We will consider how the landscape is organized and transformed by sound, how noise pollution is impacting ecosystems and how music can enhance understanding of the environment. Students will work with Hampshire Library Media Labs to conduct their own field recordings and create their own compositions. Prerequisites: a strong interest in music and ecology. Walking in variable terrain and weather may be required.