Teaching

Teaching

 



Donald J. Leopold
Distinguished Teaching Professor
Department of Environmental and Forest Biology
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Invited Presentations and Workshops

From pawpaws to shooting stars and prickly pears: Excellent and often under utilized native plants for Northeastern gardens, Watnong Chapter North American Rock Garden Society, Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Morristown, NJ, March 2009.

Something will actually grow there? NYS DEC Region 8 Education Day, Owego, NY, March 2009.

Pawpaws, shooting stars, and other terribly neglected native plants for the landscape, CNY Blooms, Keynote Speaker, March 2009.

NY State-protected species: Why they are listed and how to use these species in the landscape, CNY Blooms, Keynote Speaker, Syracuse, NY, March 2009.

Natural plant communities of upstate New York, Native Plants Conference, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, February 2009.

Something will actually grow there? Central New York Nursery & Landscape Association Annual Education Day, Skaneateles, NY, February 2009.

Forest biodiversity, Ecological Landscaping Association Annual Conference; Springfield, MA, March 2008.

Native trees, shrubs, and vines for the garden, The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Annual Woody Plant Conference at Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, July 2007.

From ferns to fens: Highlights of biodiversity-related research in New York state, New York State Museum Lecture Series, Albany, April 2007.

Native plants for difficult sites, Rochester Flower Show (Gardenscape 2007), Rochester, March 2007.

Great performers in the landscape: Native trees and shrubs, Rochester Flower Show (Gardenscape 2007), Rochester, March 2007.

Native plants for shady areas, CNY Blooms, Syracuse, March 2007.

Native plants for wet areas, CNY Blooms, Syracuse, March 2007.

Native plants of New York, Invasive Plant Council of NYS, Albany, February 2007.

Lesser-known native plants of the Northeast, Muesum of the Earth, Ithaca, February 2007.

Native plants of the Northeast, Homer Garden Club Annual Lecture, October 2006.

Native plants for gardens in New York state, Federated Garden Clubs of New York State annual meeting, Cooperstown, September 2006.

Native plants of central New York field trip, Northeast Symposium on Native Plant Education, Conservation and Gardening, Mexico, NY; June 2006.

Native plants for difficult sites, Northeast Symposium on Native Plant Education, Conservation and Gardening, Mexico, NY; June 2006.

Native trees and shrubs for the garden, The Men’s Garden Club of Syracuse, Syracuse, April 2006.

Native northeastern plants for landscape settings, NYAPPA Seminar on Campus Grounds Design, Construction, and Maintenance; SUNY-New Paltz, March 2006, and Syracuse, April 2006; about 120 people total.

Native plants for difficult sites, Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve’s 6th Annual Land Ethics Symposiuim, Langhorne, PA, February 2006.

Native trees and shrubs, Central New York Nursery & Landscape Association Annual Education Day, Skaneateles, NY, February 2006.

Native plants for difficult garden sites, Cornell Plantations Fall Lecture Series, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, November 2005.

Native plants for shady and sunny borders, D.J. Leopold, Rochester Civic Garden Center Master Class Series, Rochester, NY, October 2005.

Native plants of the Northeast, 77th Annual Meeting Sixth District FGCNYS, Inc., Syracuse.

Native plants for difficult sites, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Native Plant Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, October 2005.

Gardening with native plants, Syracuse Rose Society Annual Meeting, Syracuse, June 2005.

Native plants of the Northeast. A Guide for Gardening and Conservation, D.J. Leopold, Borders Bookstore, Carousel Mall, presentation and book signing, Syracuse, NY, April 2005.

Native plants of the Northeast. A Guide for Gardening and Conservation, D.J. Leopold, Habitat Gardening in Central New York: A Wild Ones Chapter, presentation and book signing, Liverpool, NY, March 2005.

Native plants, Central New York Nursery & Landscape Association Annual Education Day, Skaneateles, NY, February 2005.

Native ferns, graminoids, and wildflowers for gardens, Garden Center Association of Central New York, Highland Forest, May 2006.

Native plants for difficult garden sites, D.J. Leopold, EcoSavvy Gardening Symposium, Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria,VA, February 2005.

Invasive plants in New York State's forests, A.D. Halpern and D.J. Leopold, NYSAF Winter Meeting, Liverpool, NY, January 2003.

Physical, biological and human interactions shaping the ecosystems of freshwater bays and lagoons. M. Bain, E.A. Cowan, C. Driscoll, S. Ellner, N. Hairston, Jr., R. Johnson, D. Leopold, D.P. Loucks, A.W. Parmenter, R.J. Pendall, G. Steinhart. Biocomplexity in the Environment Conference, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA, October 2001 (poster and oral presentations).

A biocomplexity research approach for open ecosystems: the physical biological, and human interactions in distinct coastal habitats of Lake Ontario. M. Bain, E. Cowen, D. Loucks, N. Hairston, R. Pendall, D. Leopold, C. Driscoll, S. Ellner, and J. Lobo. American Geophysical Union Fall 2000 Conference, Nonlinear Geophysics Section, San Francisco, CA, 14-19, 2000 December (poster and oral presentations).

Patterns of plant diversity in eastern North American fens (with B. Bedford), Society of Wetland Scientist Invited Papers Symposium, Society of Wetland Scientists Annual Meeting, Quebec City, Quebec, August 2000.

Identifying wetland woody plants in winter, New York State Wetlands Forum, 2000 Annual Meeting, Binghamton, NY, March 2000.

Overview to wetlands and wetland restoration in New York State, Natural Resources Conservation Service training course, Watertown, NY, September 1997; Syracuse, August 1998; Syracuse, August 1999.

Wetlands of New York State, part of all day NYS-DEC Hydrology Training Workshop, with D. Siegel, C. Cirmo, B. Bedford, R. Tiner, and J. Kusler; Cortland, NY, May 1999.

Keynote address, SUNY-ESF, December 1998 Convocation, Syracuse, NY.

Use of reference wetlands to assess plant community succession and re-establishment of forested wetlands on abandoned agricultural wetlands in central New York State, G.S. Podniesinski and D.J. Leopold, Selecting and Using Wetland Reference Sites, Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY, May 1998.

Trees of the Central Hardwood forests of North America, Garden Trends Lecture Series (and book signing), The Horticultural Society of New York, New York, NY, May 1998.

The Nelson Swamp, Leatherstocking Series, Cazenovia Library, Cazenovia, NY, April 1998.

Synopsis of Wetland Research at SUNY-ESF, New York State Wetlands Forum 1998 Annual Meeting, Albany, NY, April 1998.

Orchids of New York State, Adirondack Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, April 1998.

Role of forest management in maintaining and enhancing biodiversity, SUNY-Binghamton, NY, April 1998.

Pattern and process in eastern U.S. old-growth forests, SUNY-Binghamton, NY, April 1998.

Old growth in the Northeast, Northeastern Conference of the Student Environmental Action Coalition, Syracuse, NY, November 1997.

Overview to wetlands and wetland restoration in New York Sate, Natural Resources Conservation Service training course, Watertown, NY, September 1997.

Walk into Five Ponds Wilderness and panel participant in Public Forum to discuss July 1995 blowdown, Sponsored by the Northern Forest Alliance and the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks, Wanakena, NY, July 1997.

Role of forest management in maintaining and enhancing biodiversity. Watershed Science and Management Initiative Seminar Series, Cornell Center for the Environment, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, May 1997.

Native woody plants for CNY landscapes. Sixth Annual CNY Flower and Garden Show, Syracuse, NY, March 1996.

Interesting New York native trees. Empire State Tree Conference, Syracuse, NY, January 1996 (banquet speaker).

New York native plant species for central New York landscapes. Central New York Landscape and Grounds Maintenance Seminar, Syracuse, NY, March 1995.

Population dynamics of Cypripedium candidum, small white ladyslipper, in a western New York fen. New York Natural History Conference, Albany, NY, April 1994.

Integrated conservation strategies to maintain the biodiversity of central New York. Harvard Forest seminar series, Petersham, MA, March 1994.

Vascular plant species richness and rarity in wetlands on electric power rights-of-way in New York. NYS Category Six Pesticide Training Seminar, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Seneca Falls, NY, October 1993.

At the brink - maintaining the natural diversity of central and western New York. Presentation to Acorn Members of The Nature Conservancy - Central/Western New York Chapter, Syracuse,NY, September 1993.

Old-growth forests in the Adirondacks, New York. Conference on The Value of Old-growth Forest Ecosystems in the Eastern United States. University of North Carolina - Asheville, August 1993.

Community and ecosystem management for species of concern. Annual NY SAF Winter Meeting, Hot Issues in Forestry, Rochester, NY, February 1993.

Conservation/preservation of rare species and unique plant communities. Ithaca College, Department of Biology Seminar Series, Ithaca, NY, December 1991.

Identification of desirable trees and schrubs on transmission rights-of-way. NYS Category Six Pesticide Training Seminar, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Seneca Falls, NY, October 1991.

Ecology of old-growth forests in the Adirondacks. Biological Diversity. Conserving Our Inheritance. The Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks, St. Huberts, NY, September 1991.

Managing plant communities for biodiversity. Save Oswego County Annual Meeting, Brewerton, NY, November 1990.

Potential biological value of abandoned mucklands. Oswego County Vegetable Growers Association, Oswego, NY, October 1990.

Managing plant communities. Annual NYS-DEC/NYS Wildlife Society Meeting, Sherburne, NY, September 1990.

Ecological consequences of ash decline and relationship of disease to drought. Northeastern Forest Pest Council, Albany, NY, March 1990.

Biology of rare plant species and management of significant habitats. Asa Gray Seminar Series, Utica College, NY, December 1988.

Endangered species and their management. Governor's Conference on Agriculture and the Environment, Albany, NY, November 1988.

Biology of rare species and management of significant habitats. Keynote address at Rochester Academy of Science Annual Meeting, Nazareth College, NY, November 1988.

Managing the whole plant community. Two day workshop for NYS-DEC foresters, SUNY-ESF, Syracuse, NY, June 1987.

Role of foresters in rare plant management. Lecture at annual meeting of NYS-DEC foresters, Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, NY, August 1986.

 

Theses and Dissertations Directed (all SUNY ESF, Syracuse)

Fuller, Steven G, 2008. Population dynamics of the endangered karner blue butterfly (Lycaeides melissa samuelis Nabokov). Ph.D. Dissertation, SUNY-ESF, Syracuse, 173 p.

Ramirez, Pablo de Arellano. 2007. Systematic conservation plannin in Chile: Sensitivity of reserve selection procedures to target choices, cost surface, and spatial scale. Ph.D. Dissertation, SUNY-ESF, Syracuse, 134 p.

Diggory, Ariel A. 2008. Using enduring landscape features and a geographic information system to map potential wetlands. M.S. Thesis, SUNY-ESF, Syracuse xxp (with W. Porter).

Slattery, Michael. 2007. Master of Professional Studies.

Heath, L.A. 2007 Understory plant community response to nitrogen and dolomite additions in a northern hardwood forest of the Catskill Mountain, New York. M.S. Thesis.

Eallonardo, A.S., Jr. 2006. An empirical test of nitrogen saturation in the understory of the Catskill Mountains of New York, M.S. Thesis, 110 p.

Goodell, L.A. 2004. Understory plant species diversity patterns in forest stands of upstate New York. M.S. thesis, 115 p.

Godwin, K.S. 2004. A GIS-based landscape approach to predicting and evaluating vulnerable wetland ecosystems: Applying a hydrogeologic setting (HGS) model to NYS fens. Ph.D. dissertation, 182 p.

Forrester, J. 2004. Ecological dynamics of a rare maritime Ilex opaca forest. Ph.D. Dissertation, 160 p.

Hotaling, N.E.M. 2004.. Master of Professional Studies.

Cloyd, E.T. 2004. Master of Professional Studies (co-advised with J. Farrell).

iEiser, L. 2004. Master of Professional Studies.

Forrester, J. 2004. Ecological dynamics of a rare maritime Ilex opaca forest. Ph.D. Dissertation, 159 p.

Godwin, K.S. 2004. A GIS-based landscape approach to predicting and evaluating vulnerable wetland ecosystems: Applying a hydrogeologic setting (HGS) model to NYS fens. Ph.D. Dissertation, 182 p.

Goodell, L.A. 2004. Understory plant species diversity patterns to forest stands of upstate New York. M.S. Thesis, 115 p.

Hotaling, N.E.M. 2004. Master of Professional Studies.

Kelsall, N.D. 2004. Effects of lake level regulation on coastal wetlands of eastern Lake Ontario: A simulation study. M.S. Thesis, 116 p.

Benjamin, M. 2003. Oviposition preferences of the endangered Lycaeides melissa samuelis in relation to canopy cover. M.S. Thesis, 68 p.

Hafner, S.D. 2003. Coarse woody debris and nutrient cycling: Leaching and soil properties in a temperate forest. M.S. Thesis, 129 p.

Kraus, N. 2003. Relationships between forest health and plant diversity in western New York State forest lands. M.S. Thesis, 80 p.

Keirnan, K.E. 2002. Dendroecological anaylsis of hardwood species in the Catskill Mountains of New York. M.S. Thesis, 58 p. (co-major professor with D. Raynal).

Woods, S.S. 2002. Response of ferns to overstory disturbance: Effects of ice storm and timber harvest on four common fern species in hardwood forests of New York. M.S. Thesis, 65 p.

Quinlan, K.M. 2001. Herbaceous species composition and diversity in old-growth and managed northern hardwood forests in the Adirondacks. M.S. Thesis, 76 p.

Shallenberger, J.P. 2001. Comparison of minerotophic peatlands in central New York State: Refinement of a fen hydrogeologic setting (HGS) classification system. M.S. Thesis, 123 p.

Yorks, T.E. 2001. Effects of forest harvest, deer herbivory, and tree mortality on nutrient cycling in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Ph. D. Dissertation, 265 p.

Boesse, C. 2000. The naturalization of the non-indigenous Epipactis helleborine (L.) Crantz (Orchidaceae) in North America: Links to habitat, nutrient uptake and mycorrhizal associations. M.S. Thesis, 102 p. (co-major professor w/D.J. Raynal).

Anderson, K.L. 1999. The role of natural gaps in maintaining vascular plant diversity in a central New York forested wetland. M.S. Thesis, 60 p.

Killilea, M.E. 1999. Variation in abundance and tree growth in New York State as a function of environmental gradients. M.S. Thesis, 115 p. (co-major professor with C. Hall).

Kitchie, D. 1999. Wild rice for use as an agricultural commodity and for use in restored wetlands. M.P.S. Project Report.

Puishys, W.B. 1999. Herbaceous layer vegetation response to single-tree harvest of a minerotrophic mixed-conifer swamp in central New York. M.S. Thesis, 139 p.

McGee, G.G. 1998. Structural characteristics of Adirondack hardwood forests: Implications for ecosystems management. Ph.D. Dissertation, 206 p.

Cleveland, A.V. 1997. Predicting the occurrence of rare plants in the Huron-Manistee National Forests using an ecological classification system. M.S. Thesis, 66 p.

Deitz, K. 1997. Germination and seedling growth of woody plant species under saturated and well-drained conditions in the field and greenhouse, M.S. Thesis, 84 p.

O'Reilly, J.A. 1997. The use of soil seed banks to restore abandoned agricultural sapric peatlands in central New York. M.S. Thesis, 134 p.

Podniesinski, G.S. 1996. Plant community organization in central New York forested peatlands in response to water chemistry and hydrologic gradients. Ph.D. Dissertation, 214 p.

Johnson, G. 1995. Spatial ecology, habitat preferences and habitat management of the eastern massasauga in a central New York transitional peatland. Ph.D. Dissertation, 222 p.

Thompson, D.L. 1995. Plant species richness and cover at edges and interiors of midsuccessional forests in central New York. M.S. Thesis, 82 p.

Cameron, D.S. 1994. Effect of landscape position on diversity, richness and contribution of non-native species on electric transmission rights-of-way. M.S. Thesis, 77 p. (co-major professor with D.J. Raynal).

Leimanis, A.A. 1994. Habitat characteristics of Trollius laxus ssp. laxus (spreading globeflower) in a minerotrophic forested peatland in central New York. M.S. Thesis, 91 p.

St. Hilaire, L.R. 1994. Conifer seedling distribution in relation to microsite and bryophyte cover in a central New York forested minerotrophic peatland. M.S. Thesis, 82 p.

Mackun, I.R. 1993. Wetland vegetation responses to liming an Adirondack watershed. Ph.D. Dissertation, 153 p. (co-major prof. with D.J. Raynal).

McGee, G.G. 1993. Some effects of frequency and intensity of springtime prescribed fire on two New York oak-northern hardwood forest understories. M.S. Thesis, 133 p.

Smallidge, P.J. 1993. Effects of watershed liming on upland plant communities in a western Adirondack forest. Ph.D. Dissertation, 143 p.

Bonanno, S.E. 1992. Vegetation of a Lake Ontario dune barrier, Oswego and Jefferson Counties, New York, under high and low recreation pressure. M.S. Thesis, 80 p.

Johnson, A.M. 1992. Vascular plant species richness across a minerotrophic gradient in St. Lawrence County, New York wetlands. M.S. Thesis, 72 p.

Falb, D. 1991. Demography and microsite characteristics of Cypripedium candidum in a rich fen in western New York. M.S. Thesis, 56 p.

Knutson, M.G. 1991. Evaluation of small islands and shoals for conservation based on biological and aesthetic criteria. M.S. Thesis, 69 p.

Han, Y. 1990. Investigation of the relationships among ash yellows, radial growth decline, and drought. M.S. Thesis, 85 p. (co-major prof. w/J.D. Castello).

Kuehn, D.M. 1989. Demographic and habitat studies of Phyllitis scolopendrium var. americana in central New York State. M.S. Thesis, 83 p.

Smallidge, P.J. 1989. Characteristics of northeastern forest stands affected by ash yellows. M.S. Thesis, 57 p.

DeScisciolo, B. 1988. The seasonal patterns of juglone in soil beneath Juglans nigra (black walnut) and the influence of J. nigra on understory vegetation. M.S. Thesis, 93 p. (co-major prof. w/D.C. Walton).

LeBlanc, C. 1988. Vegetation dynamics in a central New York shrub-carr 94 years after fire. M.S. Thesis, 93 p.

Teaching Experience Offer courses at SUNY-ESF each year in Dendrology (3 different courses), and Freshwater Wetland Ecosystems; also classes in Forest Communities of the Adirondacks, and Functional Diversity of the Adirondacks; and, seminars on Restoration Ecology, Wetland Ecology, and Community Organization.

Instructor (w/ J. Farrell, ESF; R. Johnson, Cornell) in all day Aquatic Macrophyte Identification and Ecology Workshop, hosted by the NY Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, Tunison Lab of Aquatic Sciences, Cortland, September 1999; repeated August 2000 at Cornell Biological Field Station, Shackelton Point, NY.

Taught Wetland Plant Identification short course (with D.J. Raynal) through SUNY-ESF Continuing Education Office: June 1991, June 1992, June 1993, June 1995.

Taught Wetland Plant Identification short course to 60 NYS-DEC staff members (with D.J. Raynal) through SUNY-ESF Continuing Education Office, June 1993.

Gave six hours of lecture on biodiversity, conservation biology and landscape ecology in U.S. Forest Service Advance Studies in Silviculture short-course held at SUNY-ESF, Fall 1991.

Taught Systematic Botany (senior-graduate level course) at SUNY-ESF, Fall 1989.

Instructor for field program in forestry, Purdue University, mid-May to mid-June 1981 (in southern Indiana), and 1982 and 1983 (in northern Wisconsin).

Instructor for dendrology (laboratories and lectures), Purdue University, August 1980 to December 1983 (fall semesters).

Developed and taught course in winter botany, University of Kentucky, January to May 1979.

Instructor for laboratory in dendrology, University of Kentucky, August to December 1978.

Instructor for laboratory in ornamental horticulture, University of Kentucky, August 1977 to May 1978.

Invited Participation Related to Improving Instruction (all presentations at ESF/SU) Presenter, SUNY-ESF Graduate Teaching Assistant Colloquium, August 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007,2008.

Presenter, Using Undergraduate TA's at ESF, Brown Bag Lunch, October 1995.

Presenter, Energizing students through problem-based learning and Socratic dialogue, Focus on Teaching Luncheon Series, Office of Undergraduate Studies and Center for Instructional Development, Syracuse University, November 1997.

Co-Facilitator for discussion of Integrating Research, Teaching and Learning at ESF; Session at Integrating Scholarship at a College with a Specialized Mission, February 1997.

Instructional Software Developed

Leopold, D.J. and N. Gaus. 1996. Dendro-on-Disk (college dendrology course made available on CD-ROM), SUNY-ESF, Syracuse.

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