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Prof. Tracy Gartner publishes research papers, gets elected to two national ecological committees


Environmental Science Department

September 03, 2021

Professor Tracy GartnerTracy Gartner, professor of environmental science and biology, recently published a paper with her collaborators as part of a network of scientists who work at primarily undergraduate institutions and who integrate research into their teaching. The article, “Decomposition of leaf litter from native and nonnative woody plants in terrestrial and aquatic systems in the Eastern and Upper Midwestern U.S.A.,” appears in the July 2021 issue of American Midland Naturalist.

Prof. Gartner also co-authored a related paper, “Assessment of Student Learning in Undergraduate Courses with Collaborative Projects from the Ecological Research as Education Network (EREN),” that was published in the fall 2020 issue of Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research. These publications add to a body of work that has been cited more than 2700 times, according to ResearchGate.

This summer, Prof. Gartner was also elected to two national ecological committees — a one-year term to the Inaugural Education Committee of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) and a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the Ecological Research as Education Network (EREN). She will also continue to serve as the research coordinator for the EREN group for the duration of her term in office.


Environmental Science Department, Biology Department


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