Lauri Green, assistant professor

Lauri Green, assistant professor


Ph.D. University of California Los Angeles. Biology

Academic Areas

Concepts in Biology 1 and 2; Biodiversity and Conservation; Marine Ecology

Research Areas

Water quality management; trophic dynamics of aquatic ecosystems due to anthropogenic stressors

I joyfully joined the Bloomsburg University family in 2017 after working in California, Florida and Oregon. I earned my PhD in Biology with Peggy Fong at UCLA and held postdoctoral positions with Florida Atlantic University and the Environmental Protection Agency. I am developing a research program that supports both undergraduate and graduate projects. I provide students with opportunities to grow as experimenters and technical writers while also learning job readiness skills such as interviewing and resume building. My first love has always been education. I enjoy experimenting with teaching and testing styles that enable all types of learners to thrive in science. Students find me to be a supportive and enthusiastic professor.

My research has two branches. A key interest of mine aims to improve water quality models through the inclusion of best management practices and ground-truthed nutrient data. The other branch of research focuses on changes in the trophic dynamics of aquatic ecosystems due to anthropogenic stressors. Traditionally, my efforts have centered on the effects of eutrophication in coastal ecosystems. However, graduate students Victoria Roper and Ben Paul are helping me get my freshwater program going by developing projects in the riparian zones of Pennsylvania. They are interested in effects of Acid Mine Drainage and logging respectively.

Undergraduate Projects

2018. Examining impacts of selective logging on a naturally reproducing brook trout Salvelinus fontinalis, stream in Montour County, Pennsylvania: A pilot study. COST Research Poster Day, April 13. Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg Pennsylvania. Benjamin Paul (First place winner), Victoria Roper, Lauri Green

2018. Effects of arborescent (woody) vegetation community composition on the diversity of aquatic invertebrates. Honors Symposium, April 18th. Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg Pennsylvania. Marcus Roberts, Thomas Klinger, Lauri Green.


Calle, L. Green, L., Strong, A., Gawlik, D. 2018. Time-integrated habitat availability is a resource attribute that informs patterns of use in intertidal areas. Ecological Monographs. 1-21.

Calle, L., Gawlik, D., Xie, Z., Green, L., Lapointe, B., Strong, A. 2018. Tidal periodicities and foraging time-constraints give insight into mechanisms driving a wading bird numerical response to changes in habitat. The Auk. 133(3): 378-396.

Green, L., Fong, P. 2015. The good, the bad and the Ulva: The density dependent role of macroalgal subsidies in influencing diversity and trophic structure of an estuarine community. Oikos. 125: 988-1000. DOI: 10.1111/oik.02860.

Green, L., Gawlik, D., Lapointe, B., Calle, L. 2015.Relative effects of physical and small-scale factors on the distribution of tropical seagrasses in the Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge, Lower Florida Keys. Aquatic Botany. 124: 45-53.

Green, L., Lapointe, B., Gawlik, D. 2015. Winter nutrient pulse and seagrass epiphyte bloom: Evidence of anthropogenic enrichment or natural fluctuations in the Lower Florida Keys? Estuaries and Coasts. 8(6): 1854-1871. DOI: 10.1007/s12237-015-9940-8.

Green, L., Fong, P. 2015. A small-scale test of the species-energy hypothesis in a southern California estuary. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 464: 35-43. DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2014.12.012.

Green, L., Blumstein, D., Fong, P. 2014. Macroalgal mats in a eutrophic estuary obscure visual foraging cues and increase variability in prey availability for some shorebirds. Estuaries and Coasts. 38: 917-926. DOI: 10.1007/s12237-014-9862-x.

Green, L., Sutula, M., Fong, P. 2014. How much is too much? Identifying benchmarks of adverse effects of macroalgae on the macrobenthic community in estuarine intertidal flats. Ecological Applications. 24 (2): 300-314.

Sutula, M., Green, L., Cicchetti, G., Detenbeck, N., Fong, P. 2014. Thresholds of adverse effects of macroalgal abundance and sediment organic matter on benthic habitat quality in estuarine intertidal flats. Estuaries and Coasts. 37: 1532-1548.

Green, L. 2011. Macroalgal mats control trophic structure and shorebird foraging behavior in a southern California estuary. Ph.D. Dissertation. University of California, Los Angeles.

Sutula, M., Fong, P., Kaldy, J., Gillette, D., Green, L., Kennison, R., Madden, C., McLaughlin, K., Ranasinghe, J. 2011. Review of indicators for development of Numeric Nutrient Endpoints in California. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Technical Report No. 646.

Gould, M., Green, L., Altenau, B., Blumstein, D. 2004. A study of the species- confidence hypothesis with spiny-cheeked honey eaters (Acanthagenys rufogularis). Emu. 104: 267-271.