Esposito, Michelle Marie
- Doctor of Science, Marine and Estuarine Environmental Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. 1996
- Master of Science, Oceanography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. 1989
- Bachelor of Science, Biology, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. 1986
- Steven Yergeau and Louise Wootton. In Press 2018. Preliminary Response of Soils to Decompaction with Rotary Aeration. Ecological Restoration. 36 (3):000-000
- Bianca R. Charbonneau, Louise S. Wootton, John P. Wnek, J. Adam Langley, Michael A. Posner. 2017. A species effect on storm erosion: Invasive sedge stabilized dunes more than native grass during Hurricane Sandy. Journal of Applied Ecology. 54(5):1385-94
- Pedram P. Daneshgar, Lael B. Phillips, D. Patrick James, Mitchell G. Mickley, Andrew M. Bohackyj, Lucas J. Rhoads, Richard P. Bastian, and Louise S. Wootton. 2017. The Role of Beach Nourishment on the Success of Invasive Asiatic Sand Sedge. Northeastern Naturalist 24 (2), 110-120
- Louise Wootton, Jon Miller, Chris Miller, Amy Williams, and Michael Peek. 2016. NJSGC Dune Manual. Louise Wootton and Peter Rowe (Eds.). NJSGC, Sandy Hook NJ. http://njseagrant.org/extension/coastal-concerns/dune-it-right/
- Brunbjerg AK, Cavender-Bares J, Eiserhardt WL, Ejrnaes R, Aarssen LW, Buckley HL, Forey E, Jansen F, Kattge J, Lane C, Lubke RA, Moles AT, Monserrat AL, Peet RK, Roncal J, Wootton L, Svenning JC. 2014. Multi-scale phylogenetic structure in coastal dune plant communities across the globe. Journal of Plant Ecology doi: 10.1093/jpe/rtt069.
- Wootton L and Rowe P. (Editors). 2011. Proceedings of the Conference on Invasive Species in Coastal Dunes and Maritime Forests. NJ Sea Grant Publication.
- Wootton, L. 2011. Combatting Carex: Ten Years of Tracking an Invader. The Jersey Shoreline 27(4).
- Burkitt, J and Wootton L. 2011. Effects of Disturbance and Age of Invasion on the Impact of the Invasive Sand Sedge, Carex kobomugi, on Native Dune Plant Populations in New Jersey’s Coastal Dunes. J. Coastal Research 27(1):182-193
- Wootton LS. 2007. First observation of Carex macrocephala on the Atlantic coast of North America. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 134(1): 127-135.
- Wootton L, Halsey S, Bevaart K, McGough A, Ondreika J, Patel P. 2005. When invasive species have benefits as well as costs: ManagingCarex kobomugi (Asiatic sand sedge) in New Jersey’s Coastal Dunes. Biological Invasions 7:1017-27.
- Wootton, LS. 2003. Spread rate and changes in species diversity associated with the introduced Asiatic sand sedge, Carex kobomugi, in New Jersey coastal dune communities. 5-page Extended Abstract. Coastal Zone 2003 Conference Proceedings.
- BI109 Environmental Biology
- BI203 Data Collection and Analysis
- BI305 Biological Interactions
- BI327 Ecology and Human Health
- BI361 and BI362 Tropical Ecology
- BI404 and BI405 Internship in Biology
- BI443 Capstone for BA in Biology
- BI444 Capstone for BA in Biology
- 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.). Restoration of resilient natural communities with emphasis on building awareness for the need for diverse plantings both to enhance ecological function and to maximize community’s ability to adapt to future environmental stressors. Low Impact Design strategies for stormwater management, including subsurface gravel wetlands, gravel raingardens, and strategies for reducing soil compaction to increase infiltration of rainwater from lawns and athletic fields. 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.
Service to the University:
- Chair of the Biology Department
- CLS and MIS Program Advisor
- Director of Sustainability
- Vice Chair of the GCU Faculty Assembly
- GCU’s representative to the New Jersey Sea Grant consortium
- GCU’s representative on the Regional Operating Council meeting for the Joint BS in CLS programs between Georgian Court University and Rutgers. In addition, I serve on the Department Committee on Admissions and Academic Performance (DCAAP) for that program