Dr. Loren Byrne
Dr. Loren Byrne

Associate Professor
401-254-3890
MNS 243


 

   


Education:

          Ph.D. in Ecology - Penn State University, 2006

                Dissertation: Effects of urban habitat types and landscape patterns on ecological variables at the aboveground–belowground interface.  download pdf here

 

          B.A. in Ecological Artistry - Hiram College, 2000

       My individualized major was featured in a USA Today article, here.

 

Courses Taught:

 

  • BIO 104 - Biology II (Ecology and Evolution) - syllabus

  • BIO 104L - Biology II Lab

  • BIO 312 - Conservation Biology - syllabus

  • BIO/NATSC 375 - Soil Ecology with Lab - syllabus

  • BIO 430 - Urban Ecosystems - syllabus

  • BIO 430 - Biological Illustration - syllabus

  • NATSC 203 - Humans, env. change & sust. -syllabus 

  • CORE 101 - Science: Discoveries in Context

  • - syllabus
  • SUST 101 - Introduction to Sust. Studies - syllabus

  • SUST 401 - Working toward Sustainability - syllabus

 

Research and Scholarship Interests:

  • Soil ecology - arthropods, earthworms, C and N cycling

  • Urban ecology - lawns, effects of landscape design and management on soils, biodiversity and ecosystem services, relationships among sociocultural variables (e.g., aesthetic preferences) and ecological variables

  • Conservation biology - philosophical and educational dimensions of biodiversity conservation

  • Relationships between art & science - scientific illustration, visual arts in science education

  • Hands-on learner-centered pedagogical methods for ecology and general science 

    Publications:

This isn't a traditional publication, but my letter to the editor was published in the NY Times, here.

           Byrne, L.B., M.A. Bruns. 2004. The effects of lawn management on soil microarthropods. Journal of Agricultural and Urban Entomology 21: 150-156. pdf

 

               Bruns, M.A, L.B. Byrne. 2004. Scale model of a soil aggregate and associated organisms: A teaching tool for soil ecology. Journal of Natural Resources and Life Science Education 33: 85-91. pdf

 

            Byrne, L.B. 2005. Of looks, laws and lawns: How human aesthetic preferences influence landscape management, public policies and urban ecosystems. In D. Laband, ed., Emerging Issues Along Urban-Rural Interfaces: Linking Science and Society, pp. 42-46. Auburn University, Auburn, GA. pdf

   

            Kim, K.C., L.B. Byrne. 2006. Biodiversity loss and the taxonomic bottleneck: Emerging biodiversity science. Ecological Research 21: 794-810. pdf

 

            Byrne, L.B. 2007. Habitat structure: a fundamental concept and framework for urban soil ecology. Urban Ecosystems 10: 255-274. pdf

 

            Baker, L., A. Brazel, L. Byrne, A. Felson, M. Grove, K. Hill, K.C. Nelson, J. Walker, V. Shandas. 2007. Effects of human choices on characteristics of urban ecosystems. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, October: 404-409. pdf

 

            Byrne, L.B., M.A. Bruns, K.C. Kim. 2008. Ecosystem properties of urban land covers at the aboveground-belowground interface. Ecosystems 11: 1065-1077. pdf

 

            Byrne, L.B. 2008. Issue introduction - Ecological landscaping: From scientific principles to public practices and policies. Cities and the Environment 1(2): article 2, 3 pp. pdf

 

            Byrne, L.B., P. Grewal. 2008.Introduction to Ecological Landscaping: A holistic description and framework to guide the study and management of urban landscape parcels. Cities and the Environment 1(2): article 3, 20 pp. pdf

 

            Pavao-Zuckerman, M.A., L.B. Byrne. 2009. Scratching the surface and digging deeper: Exploring ecological theories in urban soils. Urban Ecosystems 12: 9-20. pdf

 

            Byrne, L.B. 2012. Complexity in Conservation: The Legal and Ethical Case of a Bird-Eating Cat and its Human Killer. Online Resource with the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science. Available online here.

 

            Possinger, A.*, L.B. Byrne, N. Breen. 2013. Effect of buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum) on soil phosphorus availability and organic acids. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science 176: 16-18.   pdf

            *undergraduate author

 

            Byrne, L.B. 2013. An in-class role-playing activity to foster discussion and deeper understanding of biodiversity and ecological webs. EcoEd Digital Library. pdf

       

             H. Setälä, R. D. Bardgett, K. Birkhofer, M. Brady, L. Byrne, et al. 2013. Urban and agricultural soils: conflicts and trade-offs in the optimization of ecosystem services. Urban Ecosystems. In press. (Abstract here)

  

    Representative Presentations:

          

            2013. Designing soil biodiversity zoo exhibits enhances student learning about soil ecology and biodiversity. Biannual meeting of the Soil Ecology Society. Camden, NJ.

 

            2012. Urban landscape ecology and management for conservation biological control in lawns and gardens. Annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America.        abstract

           

            2012. Exploring the Bugs in Boston: Relationships between land covers in a city and arthropod communities. Annual meeting of the Eastern Branch Section of the Entomological Society of America.

           

            2011. Working toward Sustainability: A capstone course about environmental citizenship and effective communication. Annual Meeting of the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.            

 

            2011. What does it mean to be environmentally literate? With Meg Lowman and Teresa Mourad. Annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America.        abstract

           

            2010. "This I believe": Pedagogical approaches for exploring environmental worldviews and controversies in ecology classrooms. Annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America. abstract

 

            2009. Ecosystem services in urban soils: What do they do and what do we want them to do? Biannual meeting of the Soil Ecology Society.

           

            2009. Introduction to ecological landscaping: An overview of issues and a conceptual framework. Annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America.     abstract

          

            2008. Creating ecological dynamics in the classroom through the use of learner-centered teaching activities. Annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America.     abstract           

 

            2007. Learning to see and drawing to learn: On the value of integrating art in ecological education. Annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America.  abstract

 

            2006. The ecology of mowing and mulching: communities and ecosystem properties in urban habitats. With Mary Ann Bruns and K.C. Kim. Annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America. abstract

 

 

        Co-organized meeting symposia or sessions:

 

            2013. Teaching session. Biannual meeting of the Soil Ecology Society.

           

            2011. Teaching workshop: How does soil ecology fit within environmental literacy and citizenship? Biannual meeting of the Soil Ecology Society.

 

            2009. Urban soil ecology and ecosystem services. Biannual meeting of the Soil Ecology Society.

           

          2009. Your big backyard ecosystem: Lawns and gardens as foci for understanding urban ecology and sustainability. With co-organizer Chris Martin. Annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America.

 

            2007. Effects of human choice on ecosystem properties. With co-organizers Larry Baker and Jason Walker. Annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America.

 

          2004. Applied taxonomy and biodiversity: Assessment of natural and agricultural ecosystems. With co-organizers K.C. Kim and David J. Biddinger. Annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America.

 

            2004. Digging deeper or scratching the surface? Exploring ecological theories in urban soils. With co-organizer Mitch Pavao-Zuckerman. Annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America.

 

        Co-organized conference:

 

            Ecological Landscaping: From Scientific Principles to Public Practices and Policies. October 28-31, 2007. See the special issue of Cities and the Environment with papers from this conference that I edited.

 

 

        Board memberships:

 

           Save Bristol Harbor

 

            Audubon Society of Rhode Island

 

            Soil Ecology Society, member at large

 

Last updated: September 3, 2013

         

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