I'm a "place-based” ecologist and archaeologist with current interests in the landscape history of the Appalachians, especially those of Pennsylvania’s northern Allegheny Plateau. I have over 25 years of teaching, research and administrative experience in academia, non-profit organizations, and environmental consulting.
My disciplines and areas of professional expertise include…
My current research projects include: 1. environmental history and landscape archaeology of the historic iron industry of northwestern Pennsylvania; 2. historical landscapes of northwestern Pennsylvania's French Creek Valley from contact to early American settlement; and 3. environmental history and archaeology of northwestern Pennsylvania's Clarion River with an emphasis on historic flow regulation, industrial legacies and river recovery.
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Williams Ecological, LLC
- 4/2013 - Present
- 8/2009 - Present
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
- 1/2007 - 4/2010
U.S. Fulbright Program
- 1/2003 - 5/2003
- 8/1992 - 12/2006
The Nature Conservancy
- 1/1991 - 7/1992
- 6/1990 - 12/1990
- 8/1989 - 5/1990
- 8/1988 - 5/1989
My research/professional interests are multidisciplinary and largely fall into three academic areas: ecology, environmental studies and archaeology, with a focus on historic landscapes, environmental change, human-environment relations and biodiversity. Specific research interests include: landscape archaeology (use of LiDAR and remote sensing in landscape prospection; local and regional land-use history and landscape legacies; river and wetland archaeology); industrial archaeology (archaeology of natural resource use, especially logging, water power and mining; archaeology of charcoal iron production); forest ecology (conservation, restoration and sustainable management of upland and riparian forests; invasive species detection, ecology and management; forest-stream linkages); and environmental history (history of natural resource use and conservation in the eastern US).
My research interests include…
LiDAR prospection of relict charcoal hearths of the Shippenville Furnace Region, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Archaeologist 89(2):39-48.
The salamander species assemblage and environment of forested seeps of the Allegheny High Plateau, northwestern Pennsylvania. Herpetology Notes 8:99-106
Patchy invasion of riparian savannas by Rhamnus frangula L. (Rhamnaceae) in northwestern Pennsylvania: is soil drainage a factor? Castanea 77:318-326.
A comparative survey and review of agricultural use of post-mining landscapes in Pennsylvania and the Appalachian region. Pennsylvania Geographer 46(2):22-45.
Environmental impact. pp. 157-182. In K. Hillstrom and L.C. Hillstrom (ed.), The Industrial Revolution in America, Volume 1: Iron and Steel. ABC-CLIO, New York.