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Fletcher, Lena

Lena Fletcher

Photo credit: Alex Hoelting

Natural Resources Conservation Program Chief Undergraduate Advisor, Manager, Lecturer

Office hours (Fall 2018): 

  • Monday 10am-noon
  • Wednesday noon-2pm
  • Friday 1:30-3:30pm

Office: Holdsworth Hall #302a – The Environmental Conservation Advising Center

E-mail: lfletche@eco.umass.edu

Office telephone: 413-545-1799

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My heart is moved by all I cannot save:
So much has been destroyed
I have cast my lot with those
Who, age after age, perversely,
With no extraordinary power,
Reconstitute the world.  
By Adrian Rich 

Primary Interests:

Lena’s primary academic interests include forest ecology, old-growth forests, invasive species, and the ways that forest stands change over time. She studied geology as an undergraduate student at Smith College, and forest ecology and conservation as a master’s student in the Department of Environmental Conservation here at UMass Amherst. Lena has been focusing increasingly on developing and applying innovative teaching methods such as contemplative practices, civic engagement, and active student-centered team-based instruction that promote student-driven learning for undergraduates in environmental conservation, sustainability science, and integrated science education programs.

Lena was a faculty fellow in the 2014-2015 Fellowships for Innovative Teaching program with the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development at UMass Amherst.

Note: Lena does not take on graduate students. Her focus is on undergraduate teaching, advising, and program management.

Current courses:

Fall

NRC 100: Environment and Society – a contemplative, team-based, and civically  engaged course – 2 sections

Spring

NRC 185: Sustainable Living: Solutions for the 21st Century – a contemplative, team-based, and civically  engaged course – 2 sections

NRC 391A: Career and Curriculum Planning Seminar – for students in the Environmental Conservation concentration

Courses taught historically:

NRC 212: Forest Tree and Shrub Identification – Field-based course

NATSCI 190: Global Challenges and Scientific Solutions – iCons1 in the College of Natural Sciences Integrated Concentration in Science program

ECO 690CC – Climate Change in STEM Secondary Education – for secondary school teachers in STEM fields – CPE blended course

Projects:

Outsmart Invasive Species: http://masswoods.net/outsmart

Talking Truth: Finding your voice around the climate crisis

Environmental Community Outreach Club – Volunteer in the community to support environmental conservation!

Selected Publications:

Starr, J., C. Schweik, L.S. Fletcher, N. Bush, and J. Finn. 2014. Lights, Camera… Citizen Science: Assessing the Effectiveness of Smartphone-Based Video Training in Invasive Plant Identification. PLOS One.

D’Amato, A.W., P. Catanzaro, and L.S. Fletcher. 2014. Early Regeneration and Structural Responses to Patch Selection and Structural Retention Within Second-Growth Northern Hardwoods. Forest Science. Society of American Foresters.

MacDonald, B., C. Schweik, M. Kierstead, N. Bush, L. Fletcher, and J. Fish. 2012. Outsmarting Invasive Species: Smartphone Crowdsourcing and Collaborative Environmental Management. Public Policy Analysis and Management.

Fletcher, L.S., D. Kittredge, T. Stevens. 2009. Forestland Owner’s Willingness to Sell Carbon Credits: a Pilot Study. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry, 26 (1): 35-37.

Professional Reports:

de la Cretaz, A.L., L.S. Fletcher, P.E. Gregory, W.R. VanDoren, and P.K. Barten. 2010. An Assessment of the Forest Resources of Massachusetts. Prepared for the USDA Forest Service. 175 pp + 100 pp appendix.

Fletcher, L.S. 2009. State Forest Reserves in Western Massachusetts: a Baseline Comparison with Old-growth and Non Reserve State Forests. Prepared for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. 105 pp.

de la Cretaz, A.L., M. Kelty, and L.S. Fletcher. 2009. Massachusetts forest reserves, long term ecological monitoring program, Chalet Forest Reserve. Prepared for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. 32 pp.

de la Cretaz, A.L., M. Kelty, and L.S. Fletcher. 2009. Massachusetts forest reserves, long term ecological monitoring program, Cunningham Pond Forest Reserve. Prepared for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. 65 pp.

de la Cretaz, A.L., M. Kelty, and L.S. Fletcher. 2009. Massachusetts forest reserves, long term ecological monitoring program, East Branch Forest Reserve. Prepared for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. 47 pp.

de la Cretaz, A.L., M. Kelty, and L.S. Fletcher. 2009. Massachusetts forest reserves, long term ecological monitoring program, Mohawk/Monroe/Savory Forest Reserve. Prepared for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. 44 pp.

de la Cretaz, A.L., M. Kelty, and L.S. Fletcher. 2009. Massachusetts forest reserves, long term ecological monitoring program, Mount Greylock Forest Reserve. Prepared for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. 61 pp.

de la Cretaz, A.L., M. Kelty, and L.S. Fletcher. 2009. Massachusetts forest reserves, long term ecological monitoring program, Mount Washington Forest Reserve. Prepared for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. 43 pp.

de la Cretaz, A.L., M. Kelty, and L.S. Fletcher. 2009. Massachusetts forest reserves, long term ecological monitoring program, Middlefield/Peru Forest Reserve. Prepared for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. 46 pp.

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