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Louise Wootton, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

Georgian Court University


Bachelor of Science, Biology, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. 1986

Master of Science, Oceanography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. 1989

Doctor of Science, Marine and Estuarine Environmental Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. 1996

Professional Background

2011-Now   Director of Sustainability.  Georgian Court University, Lakewood, NJ

2008-Now    Professor.  Dept of Biology, Georgian Court University, Lakewood, NJ

2003-2008   Associate Professor.  Dept of Biology, Georgian Court University, Lakewood, NJ

1997-2002   Assistant Professor.   Dept of Biology, Georgian Court College, Lakewood, NJ

1995-97       Lecturer.  Dept of Biology, Salisbury State University, Salisbury, MD 21803.

1993-95       Horn Point Environmental Laboratory research fellow.
                      Horn Point Environmental Laboratory (HPEL), Cambridge, MD.

1991-93       University of Maryland graduate fellow at HPEL.

1989-91       N.S.E.R.C.  graduate fellow at HPEL.

1988-89       Graduate teaching assistant, University of British Columbia,  Canada

1986-88       N.S.E.R.C. Graduate fellow, University of British Columbia,  Canada.

1986            N.S.E.R.C. Summer undergraduate research assistant. Dr. M. Risk.  McMaster
                      University, Ontario, Canada.

1985            N.S.E.R.C.   Summer undergraduate research assistant.  Dr.  G. Daborn.  Acadia
                       University,  Nova Scotia, Canada.

1984            N.S.E.R.C. Summer undergraduate research assistant. Dr. V. Tunnicliffe.
                       University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

1983            Summer undergraduate research assistant.  Dr. D. Grund.  Acadia University, 
                       Nova Scotia, Canada.

Awards and Distinctions

2008      Provost's Merit Award for Teaching Excellence. Georgian Court University.

2007      Provost's Merit Award for Scholarship.  Georgian Court University.

          2005       President’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Georgian Court University.

Boyer Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology. The Center for the Advancement of Teaching & Learning. Florida Community College at Jacksonville

1998       Dean's Award for Innovative Use of Technology in the classroom, Georgian Court College, NJ

1997       Outstanding Faculty Award, Biology Department, Salisbury State University, MD

Research Interests

Studying the impact of invasive plants and animals in wetlands and dunes on community structure (e.g. abundance and diversity of native species ) and function (e.g. dune geomorphology, storm protection, sediment storage etc.). Because of its significant impacts on New Jersey’s coastal ecosystems, my current focus is on measuring distribution, expansion rates and impact of the invasive Asiatic sand sedge, Carex kobomugi, and on developing and monitoring management strategies for this species. Restoration of resilient natural communities.  Emphasis here is on growing awareness for the need for diverse plantings both to enhance ecological function and to maximize community’s ability to adapt to future environmental stressors. Researching and creating effective tools for environmental education and sustainability at all levels from Pre K to college, as well as for community education beyond the formal education system.

Grants Received

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Publications and theses

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Research Presentations

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Sessions Chaired at Scientific Meetings

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Teaching Philosophy

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Students carrying out Honors and Master’s Theses under my supervision

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Service Activities

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Administrative Experience

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Administrative Philosophy

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Memberships and Societies

American Society of Limnology and Oceanography

Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation  and its local affliate the Atlantic Estuarine Research Society

New Jersey Academy of Science

Sigma Xi

Tri Beta Honors Society

Zonta International, Ocean County Chapter.  Mentor to the Georgian Court University Chapter of Golden Z

How to Contact me:

mail.gif (5597 bytes)Louise Wootton, Ph.D
Department of Biology
School of  Science and Mathematics,
Georgian Court University
900 Lakewood Ave.
Lakewood, NJ 08701-2697
Work phone:       (732) 987 2349
Fax:                        (732) 987 2010