Dr. Christine Small


Office: 179 Center for the Sciences
Lab: 168 Center for the Sciences
Box 6931, Radford University
Radford, VA 24142-6939, U.S.A.
Tel:(540) 831-6290
E-mail: cjsmall@radford.edu

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 103 - Environmental Biology
  • BIOL 104 - Human Biology
  • BIOL 160 - Freshman Seminar in Biology
  • BIOL 131 - Ecology and Adaptation
  • BIOL 217 - Flora of Virginia
  • BIOL 232 - Organismal Biology
  • BIOL 460 - Senior Biology Seminar - Communicating Science
  • BIOL 476 - Forest and Wetland Ecology
  • BIOL 491 - Directed Study and Research



My research interests focus on forest ecology, particularly forest disturbance response and herbaceous layer ecology (forest understory). Much of my research is applied, involving collaborations with conservation and government agencies to understand ecological processes important in forest conservation and management. 

Research areas include:

  • Appalachian non-timber forest products (medicinal and edible plants) 
  • Impacts of invasive plants and insects 
  • Herbaceous layer diversity in old-growth and clearcut forests 
  • Prescribed fire
  • Effects of white-tailed deer on forest regeneration

Students contribute to all aspects of my research. Those interested in forest ecology and conservation are encouraged to contact me about research opportunities