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Dr. Christine Small


Associate Professor & Chair of Department
Reed Hall 0308
Box 6931, Radford University
Radford, VA 24142-6939, U.S.A.
Tel:(540) 831-5817

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 103 - Environmental Biology
  • BIOL 104 - Human Biology
  • BIOL 131 - Ecology and Adaptation
  • BIOL 217 - Flora of Virginia
  • BIOL 232 - Organismal Biology
  • BIOL 476 - Forest and Wetland Ecology
  • BIOL 491 - Directed Study and Research


My research focuses on forest ecology and natural resource conservation in Appalachian deciduous forests. On-going or recent projects have investigated impacts of non-native invasive plants and insect pests; the sustainability of wild harvesting practices for native Appalachian medicinal and edible plants; herbaceous layer diversity in old-growth and recently logged forests; long-term vegetation dynamics and historical land use influences; effects of white-tailed deer browsing on forest regeneration; use of prescribed burning to restore natural communities; and habitat requirements of local wildlife populations. Much of my research is applied, working to understand ecological processes and patterns important in natural resource conservation and management. Most projects involve collaborations with conservation and natural resource agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, and state Natural Heritage Programs.

Students contribute to all aspects of my research, from data collection and analysis to professional conference presentations and co-authorship of scientific publications. Each summer, I recruit students to participate in field data collection for an RU / U.S. Forest Service collaborative project conducting harvest experiments on Appalachian edible and medicinal plants. This long-term study contributes to the sustainable management of Appalachian non-timber forest products on national forests and other conservation areas. Students in my lab work as volunteers, independent researchers (BIOL 491) or interns (BIOL 495), or as paid interns. Contact me if you are interested in learning more about my research or becoming involved in forest ecology and conservation-related projects.

Link to Dr. Small's CV