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Dr. Shannon Galbraith-Kent
Associate Professor

Email: shannon.galbraith-kent@thomasmore.edu
Phone: 859-344-3370
Fax: 859-344-3345

Dr. Galbraith-Kent is an alumna of the Biology program at Thomas More College, received her Master’s degree in Biological Sciences from Eastern Kentucky University, and her Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolution from Rutgers University in central New Jersey. She is a plant ecologist who teaches the Ecology, Botany, and Field Biology courses in the Biology program, as well as Biological Literature, Environmental Science, Invertebrate Biology, and an FYS on invasive species. Dr. Galbraith-Kent enjoys getting students interested in research involving plants & ecology in urbanized areas (impacts of invasive species on native plant communities, ecological restoration, urban ecology), as well as habitats less-affected by human disturbance (old-growth forest dynamics). When she’s not in the classroom or the field, you might find Professor Galbraith-Kent involved in something sports-related (Go Saints!), doing some gardening, or reading the latest music reviews and political commentaries.

Courses Taught: Ecology, Botany, Field Biology, Biological Literature, Anatomy & Physiology I Lab, Environmental Science, First-Year Seminar (Invasive Species)

Research Interests: Interactions between native & invasive plant species and communities; Ecological restoration of native plant communities; Ecology in urban areas; Long-term changes in forest structure & composition; Natural vegetation of Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati

Selected Publications Galbraith-Kent, S.L. and S.N. Handel. 2008. Invasive Acer platanoides inhibits native plant growth in forest understory communities. Journal of Ecology 96: 293-302. Galbraith-Kent, S.L. and S.N. Handel. 2007. Lessons from an urban lakeshore restoration project in New York City. Ecological Restoration 25(2): 123-128. Galbraith, S.L., and W.H. Martin. 2005. Three decades of overstory and species change in a mixed mesophytic forest in eastern Kentucky. Castanea 70(2): 115-128. Bryant, W.S., S.L. Galbraith, and M.E. Held. 2004. Classification of terrestrial natural communities in Boone County, Kentucky. Journal of the Kentucky Academy of Science 65(2): 132-139.

Selected Professional Meetings and Presentations: Galbraith-Kent, S.L. and S.N. Handel. Above- and below-ground interactions on growth between the invasive Norway maple (Acer platanoides L.) and native Red maple (Acer rubrum L.). Ecological Society of America & Society for Ecological Restoration International Joint Annual Meeting, San Jose, CA, USA (August 2007). Galbraith-Kent, S.L. and G. Kolmer. Schoolyard restoration at a middle school in suburban New Jersey: NSF GK-12 program enhances hands-on ecological education. Ecological Society of America 90th Annual Meeting, Montrẻal, Quẻbec, Canada (August 2005). Galbraith, S.L. and S.N. Handel. Impact of Passive Management on the fate of an Urban Lakeshore Restoration in New York City. Society for Ecological Restoration International Meeting, Austin, TX, USA (November 2003). Garden Club of America (Short Hills, NJ chapter, September 2006; Somerset Hills, NJ chapter, March 2006). Native and invasive plant community research in New Jersey.

Degrees

B.A., Biology, Thomas More College, Crestview Hills, KY
M.S., Biological Sciences (Applied Ecology), Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY
Ph.D., Ecology & Evolution, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Shannon Galbraith-Kent first came to Thomas More College in 2008.