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Louise Wootton

Louise Wootton



School of Arts and Sciences


Biology, Medical Imaging and Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Office Location:

Jeffries Hall 201

Office Hours:

To schedule an appointment with me, please go to

Educational Background

Professional Experience

  • 2014-now Chair of Biology.  Georgian Court University, Lakewood, NJ
  • 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.

Research / Creativity Interest Area

Study of 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.  Green infrastructure research with a focus on studying the role of soil management strategies, natural plantings and gravel wetlands for storm water management.

Additional Information

I also serve as the pre-vet advisor for students at Georgian Court.


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