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Fletcher, Lena

Lena FletcherLecturer, Natural Resources Conservation Program Chief Undergraduate Advisor & Manager

Office hours (subject to occasional change due to conflicts): Monday 1:30-2:45, Wednesday 3-4pm, Friday 9am-noon.

Office: Environmental Conservation Advising Center Holdsworth Hall #302a

E-mail: lfletche@eco.umass.edu

Telephone: 413-545-1799

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 is working on her PhD, focusing on integrating multiple methods to monitor and evaluate the spatial distribution of the invasive plant Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica). In this project, she is applying a combination of remote sensing, spatial modeling, and citizen science techniques to optimize understanding of the spread of this established invasive plant. Lena has also been focusing increasingly on developing and applying innovative methods for team-based instruction that promote student-driven learning for undergraduates in environmental conservation, sustainability science, and integrated science education programs.

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

Courses Taught:

Fall 2014:

NRC 100 – Environment and Society – Team-based learning course

Spring 2015:

NRC 185 – Sustainable Living: Solutions for the 21st Century – Team-based learning course

Previously:

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

 

Current Projects:

PhD research: Remote sensing, spatial modeling, and citizen science: synthesizing multiple methodologies for evaluating the spatial distribution of an established invasive species, Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica)

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

Undergraduate honors thesis advisor

Graduate masters degree committee member

Selected Publications:

Starr, J., C. Shweik, L.S. Fletcher, N. Bush, and J. Finn. 2014. Toward an Online Knowledge Commons for Invasive Species Early Detection and Rapid Response: An experiment in Video-Based Training. PLOS One. In press.

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.

 

 

 

 

Updated: October 30, 2014