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 489 - Field Biology and Phenology
  • BIOL 491 - Directed Study and Research



My teaching and research interests focus on forest ecology and disturbance response. Much of my research involves collaborations with conservation and governmental agencies to investigate ecological issues and processes important in forest conservation and management.

Current research areas include:

  • Sustainable management of Non-Timber Forest Products (medicinal and edible forest plants)
  • Vegetation diversity and disturbance response, particularly in the forest herbaceous layer
  • Impacts of non-native invasive plants and insect pests (emerald ash borer, hemlock woolly adelgid) in eastern forests
  • Influence of white-tailed deer herbivory on forest regeneration
  • I also work with the USA National Phenology Network as a Certified Local Phenology Leader to investigate seasonal changes in plant and animal communities and potential impacts of climate change on native and invasive species

Current undergraduate course-based research:

  • Forest Health Assessment of Wildwood Park, Radford, Virginia (constructed by students in BIOL 476 - Forest and Wetland Ecology): https://ruwildwood.weebly.com/
  • Radford Phenology Monitoring Program (constructed by students in BIOL 481 - Field Biology and Phenology): https://radfordphenology.weebly.com/

Students interested in independent research or internships (BIOL 488 / 491 / 495) in forest ecology and conservation, and researchers interested in collaborations, are welcome to contact me about on-going projects and potential research.