I transferred into Rutgers as an Agriculture and Food Systems major after getting my associate degree in biology. As agriculture is an essential human activity, yet is notorious for being environmentally destructive, I decided that I want to gain a deep understanding of ecological systems so that I could contribute to the field of agroecology. I took ecology as my second major and immediately found my niche within the department. After taking Soil Organismal Diversity with Dr. John Dighton, I became passionate about soil ecology, and with him I later investigated how organic farming methods affect soil biological properties for my George H. Cook Scholars Thesis. Courses like Geomatics and Landscape Ecology sparked my interest in spatial analysis, which led me to take an opportunity to present a landscape change workshop with Dr. Myla Aronson at the Mid-Atlantic Megalopolis: “Plants in the City” symposium in March 2019. I am thankful to have found my EENR family, where the faculty and students have been a constant source of support and inspiration.
Dr. Jason Grabosky stresses that “ecology is the dispassionate informant of management”, and so I came to appreciate ecology for what it can teach us about how to engage with world. Along with agroecology, I developed a passion for restoration ecology for its potential to bring life to degraded land, mitigate climate change, and benefit all forms of life. I have been accepted to the Forest School at the Yale School of the Environment, but recently have decided to get more hands-on experience as a restoration ecologist or forester before pursuing graduate work. My goal is to be an advocate for a world in which food production, social justice, and ecological conservation are not at odds.
Ellwood B. Moore
Ellwood B. Moore was instrumental in the modernization of management of eastern forests, although as a graduate student in Wisconsin he worked on the Riley Game Cooperative organized by Aldo Leopold and local Farmer R. J. Paulson. Leopold and Moore co-wrote at least one article. While at the Northeastern Forest Experiment Station in Pennsylvania and later in New Jersey, Moore wrote extensively about the effect of fire in New Jersey Forests and the use of fire as a forest management tool. In 1939, Moore penned Forest Management in New Jersey, a text that continues to be referenced by forest researchers.