Faculty & Staff Directory
- Adjunct Faculty
- Biodiversity, Urban Plant and Lichen Ecology, Mycology
PhD, Ecology and Evolution, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers (2016)
MES, Master of Environmental Studies Program, University of Pennsylvania (2006)
BS, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale College (2001)
Working as a Biological Scientist at the USDA, I conduct environmental risk assessment of genetically engineered plants by synthesizing information from the fields of agronomy, soil science, ecology, entomology, plant biology, mycology and molecular biology. As an educator, I am interested in engaging people with the world outside, especially with plants and fungi, and in helping people better understand how to find, use, and communicate scientific information.
My research focus is on disturbance and recovery in urban plant and lichen communities of urban areas in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States.
I have taught several courses in the realms of ecology, biology, mycology, and botany.
- 2020: Mushrooms, Molds, and Society: EVPP408 / BIOL408 George Mason University
- 2019: Ecological Principles and Field Methods: BIO315 Southern New Hampshire University
- 2018: Natural Resources: BIO318 Southern New Hampshire University
- 2017: Environmental Science: BIO101 Southern New Hampshire University
- 2016: Ecology and Field Biology, BIO221 The College of New Jersey.
- 2015; Fungi in the Environment: 11:776:400, Rutgers University
- 2014: Plant Diversity and Evolution Lab: 11:216:412, Rutgers University
- 2013: Plant Ecology Lab: 11:704:332, Rutgers University
- 2010-2013: General Biology Lab 01:119:101-102, Rutgers University
- 2006: Evolution of the Physical World Lab GEOL289 University of Pennsylvania
- England, J.K., C.J. Hansen, J.L. Allen, S.Q. Beeching, W.R. Buck, V. Charny, J.G. Guccion, R.C. Harris, M. Hodges, N.M. Howe and J. C. Lendemer. 2019. Checklist of the lichens and allied fungi of Kathy Stiles Freeland Bibb County Glades Preserve, Alabama, USA. Opuscula Philolichenum, 18:420-434.
- Coxson, D. and N. Howe, 2016. Lichens in Natural Ecosystems. In: The Fungal Community: Its organization and role in the ecosystem, Fourth Edition, CRC Press, London.
- Allen, J.L. and N.M. Howe, 2016. Landfill Lichens: A checklist for Freshkills Park, Staten Island, NY Opuscula Philolechenum 15:82-91.
- Pollock, N.B., N. Howe, I. Irizarry, N. Lorusso, A. Kruger, K. Himmler, and L. Struwe, 2015. Personal BioBlitz: A New Way to Encourage Biodiversity and Knowledge in K-99 Education and Outreach. BioScience 65(10):1083-1091.
- Howe, N.M., and J. C. Lendemer, 2010. The recovery of a simplified lichen community at the Palmerton Zinc Smelter after 34 years. In: A Lichenological Legacy – Festschrift Thomas H. Nash III. S.T. Bates, F. Bungartz, R. Lücking, M.A. Herrera-Campos & A. Zambrano (eds.). Bibliotheca Lichenologica 106: 120–136.
- Tuckerman Award: American Bryological and Lichenological Society (2016)
- Caroline Thorne Kissel Award For Environmental Studies: Garden Club of America (2015)
- Charlie Kontos Award: Rutgers Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolution (2013)
- Bayard Long Award for Botanical Research: Philadelphia Botanical Club (2011)
Botanical Education In Prisons
Dr. Howe and colleagues volunteered to create and deliver an innovative botanical education program for the State Prison System in New Jersey, in collaboration with Princeton University's Prison Teaching Initiative.