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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 reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mitigate non-point source nutrient pollution, 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 influence of urban heat islands on plant phenology; the use of remote sensing to measure tree canopy and biomass in cities; feedbacks between urbanization and global environmental change; and local-scale opportunities to mitigate carbon dioxide emissions.


Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
BIO 013 (NS)PROKRYTS,PRSTS,FNGI &PLANT Undergraduate
BIO 080A BIOLOGY SEMINAR Undergraduate
BIO 090 INDEPENDENT STUDY - UG RES I Undergraduate
BIO 093 DEPT HONORS CANDIDACY:RESEARCH Undergraduate
BIO 094 DEPT HONORS CANDIDACY:RESEARCH Undergraduate
BIO 100 BIOSTATISTICS Undergraduate
BIO 176 ECOLOGY OF WILD & URBAN PLANTS Undergraduate
BIO 201 STATISTICAL ANALYSIS BIO DATA Graduate
BIO 230 PLNT ECLGY OF LI & ADJCT AREAS Graduate
BIO 301 MASTERS THESIS 1 Graduate
BIO 305 GRADUATE SEMINAR Graduate
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