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Frank Gallagher EPD Program Director and Assistant Professor of Professional Practice 80 Nichol Ave, Room 208 gallagher@sebs.rutgers.edu For over thirty years Frank has explored the connection between people and landscape through both management and academic research. He has served as Chief of Interpretive Services, Administrator and Assistant Director of the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry. After teaching courses in biology, evolution and environmental science for ten years at Upsala College, Frank joined the faculty at Rutgers The State University part time in 1994, and full time in 2012. His current appointment as Assistant Professor of Practice and the Director of the Environmental Planning and Design program within the Department of Landscape Architecture consists of working with academic administrators, academic advising, administrative staff and faculty to ensure the continued development and delivery of a cutting edge program.  It also allows for teaching, research collaboration and mentoring of graduate students. He serves on the graduate faculty for the Department of Landscape Architecture, Department of Ecology Evolution and Natural Resources and the Federated Department of Biological Sciences at Rutgers Newark and is also a Research Associate at Montclair State University. Frank’s current research interest in urban ecological restoration has focused on the sublethal impact of soil metal contamination at both the species and assemblage level. Over the past several years he has examined metal translocation pathways and its impact on species distribution, productivity, reproductive success and guild trajectories. Frank has published extensively in both scientific journals and venues of general interests’ on topics ranging form phytostabilization of contaminated soils to the ethics of ecosystem function monetization. He has presented hundreds of lectures at conferences and meetings both nationally and internationally. Topics have generally included current natural resource based environmental issues, demographic transition and most recently brownfield redevelopment. In 2001 he was invited by Princess Abdulla of Jordan to lecture on forest development in Amman, Jordan. Read my CV Frank Gallagher’s Website × Jean Marie Hartman Associate Professor Ecological Design and Plant Ecology Research Blake Hall, Room 119 848-932-8488 jhartman@sebs.rutgers.edu Jean Marie Hartman received her Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Connecticut, after first earning her M.S. in Landscape Architecture and B.S. in Botany from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. In her words, “Ecological thinking must inform landscape architectural practice. While an understanding of ecology is now widely considered to be fundamental to “good” design, the relationships between these two fields form a relatively new scholarly arena. This is, in part, because few scholars are equipped to undertake new scientific studies and to frame them within questions that implicate new modes of design practice.” Dr. Hartman’s role in research, teaching, and outreach within the discipline of landscape architecture bridges the gap between ecology and design. Her work generates new scientific understandings of complex ecological systems and indicates the ways in which design, planning and policy can help to protect and restore them. Read my CV × Wolfram Hoefer Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director, Co-Director Center for Urban Environ. Sustainability Blake Hall, Room 115 848-932-9313 whoefer@sebs.rutgers.edu I like old, rusty stuff. The remains of our industrial past have a strong fascination for me and I like to deal with them. The remediation of Brownfields is a major issue in New Jersey and that is one reason why I find this state such an interesting and challenging place for landscape architects. The cultural understanding of nature and landscape in relation to our cultural interpretation of industry was the theme of my diploma thesis at the Technische Universitt Berlin in 1993, and I made the point that we can observe a shift in that interpretation. Old industry is not anymore just ugly or dangerous but it becomes a part of the local history. A clear understanding and promotion of that process can improve the success of redevelopment projects. Recently I have developed The Rutgers Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability (CUES) which conducts the applied research needed to generate solutions to pressing urban environmental problems in New Jersey. Read my CV Center of Urban Environmental Sustainability ×
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Gail McKenzie Administrative AssistantBlake Hall, Room 112 848-932-9311 gail.mckenzie@rutgers.edu Gail handles the program administration and the Chair’s schedule. She is an invaluable resource for faculty and students in the department. × Holly Nelson BSLA Program Director and Assist. Prof. of Professional Practice Blake Hall, Room 224 848-932-9315 holly.nelson@rutgers.edu Holly joined the Department of Landscape Architecture as a practitioner. She maintains her practice in Princeton, employs student interns, and participates in ASLA and NJASLA activities. In addition to her practice, her scholarship explores the relationship of landscape architecture to the agricultural landscape. She is interested in issues of land stewardship (from how Aldo Leopold defines it to sustainability and ecosystem services) and openspace linkages as well as community-making. These issues, while not new, are of crucial importance to how we shape our landscapes; what is new is how a landscape architect can incorporate these ways of thinking in the design of agricultural landscapes. This area of scholarship has been important in her development of studio problems and an interdisciplinary seminar, all of which demonstrate the value of our discipline to the mission and constituency of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences within a land grant university. Over the last six years, Holly has been an active member of the Department as an instructor and advisor. Her courses include Landscape Drawing and the interdisciplinary Agriculture + Landscape colloquium which documents the breadth of New Jersey farms. She works directly with students to develop professionalism through Praxis studios (including the St. Croix Studio and the Farm Studio) as well as through the creation of internships (such as the St. Croix National Park Service internships) and the Landscape Architecture Mentoring Program. In collaboration with SEB’s office of Leadership and Organizational Development, she established a Peer Mentor Program to introduce leadership skills and mentoring practices that mirror the professional practice apprenticeship while preparing students for the office environment.Read my CV Personal Website × David Smith Instructor ENR Building, Room 127 dave.c.smith@rutgers.edu I have been an instructor in Environmental Geomatics and Geodesign with the Landscape Architecture program here at Rutgers since Fall of 2013. I have a background in both art and ecology as well as geomatics. I received my B.A. in Visual Arts from Antioch College in Ohio, and worked for several years as a graphic artist before returning to my education to study geomatics and ecology. I received my M.S. in ecology and a graduate certificate in geospatial information science from Rutgers in 2011. I teach introductory to advanced level courses focusing on the use of GIS and remote sensing to address questions about the natural and built environment, and how we interact with and shape it. I also teach the undergraduate regional design studio, which focuses on bringing these ideas into practice. Here we apply concepts of geodesign to regional scale planning questions, and the complexities posed by the numerous interacting human and natural systems at that scale. My interests in the field of geomatics are fairly broad. I’m excited by just about any question that poses an interesting challenge or makes me think about geomatics in a new way, whether it’s a particularly complex cartographic problem or learning a new technology. For example, I am currently designing a system of map design standards for the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry, representing the great diversity in size, form, and use of New Jersey’s 40 or so state parks and forests in a single consistent visual language. Prior to that I developed a method for producing highly detailed maps of coastal and barrier island habitat using object-based image analysis techniques, combining the advantages of automated and visual interpretation of aerial photography and LiDAR imagery, to support management of Marine Protected Areas in New York and New Jersey. More than any of that, though, I enjoy working with students to form their own questions and develop approaches to answering them. Read my CV ×
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Rutgers Landscape Architecture

Master of Landscape Architecture 1 If you discovered landscape architecture a little later in life, this is your opportunity. Our accredited professional Master in Landscape Architecture is a 3 year program designed for students with an undergraduate degree in a different field. Our setting in central New Jersey, close to both Philadelphia and New York City, is providing us with ample opportunity to bring current and future challenges of urbanized America into the class room. We are distinct from other MLA programs because our location within the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences gives our creative design program a sustainable and scientific knowledge base. Master of Landscape Architecture 2 If you already hold a professional degree in landscape architecture and want to give your professional career an extra push or you are interested in advancing in an academic setting, our MLA 2 is the perfect match for you. Our distinguished faculty excels in creative design explorations and scholarly research in fields such as community engagement and design, post-industrial landscapes, cultural landscape heritage and critical landscape theory, residential gardens and landscape materials, as well as ecological design on-site scale and regional scale. International students and students with degrees in related fields We very much welcome international students and are committed to providing you with an excellent American educational experience. Depending on your English language competence and your previous education, we will determine if the MLA 1 or the MLA 2 is the better option for you. If you hold a degree in a related design field such as architecture, urban design, or environmental planning, we will explore together whether individual classes of the MLA 1 can be waived. Visit our department If you would like to visit our department for a tour and to meet our faculty and students we would be happy to make arrangements with you. Please email our graduate director Wolfram Hoefer whoefer@sebs.rutgers.edu to request a visit.

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