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Steve M. Raciti

Assistant Professor of Biology


Degrees

PHD, 2011, Cornell Univ; MS, 2007, Cornell Univ; BA, 2003, Vassar Coll


Teaching Interests

Urban Ecology; Plant and Soil Biology; Forest Ecology; Biogeochemistry; Global Environmental Change; Scientific Understanding of Environmental Issues;

Research Interests

I study the interactions between plants, soils, and biogeochemical cycles in the context of urbanization and global change. The goal of this work is to provide scientific knowledge that enables effective action to mitigate non-point source nutrient pollution, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, manage forests and green spaces, and inform land development policies in urban and urbanizing areas. Recent projects have looked at vegetation and soil patterns across urban-to-rural gradients; nutrient pollution from suburban lawns; ecological impacts of leaf litter removal from developed areas; the fate of soils beneath impervious surfaces; the use of remote sensing to measure tree canopy and biomass in cities; management of grassland species diversity on Long Island, feedbacks between urbanization and global environmental change; and local-scale opportunities to mitigate carbon dioxide emissions.


Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
BIO 012 (NS) ANIMAL FORM AND FUNCTION Undergraduate
BIO 015 SCIENTIFIC PROCESS SKILLS Undergraduate
BIO 100 BIOSTATISTICS Undergraduate
BIO 170 URBAN ECOLOGY Undergraduate
BIO 201 STATISTICAL ANALYSIS BIO DATA Graduate
BIO 251B SPECIAL TOPICS IN BIOLOGY Graduate
BIO 253A SP TPC: ADV URBAN ECOLOGY Graduate
BIO 301 MASTERS THESIS 1 Graduate
BIO 302 MASTERS THESIS 2 Graduate
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