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Natural Resources Science
University of Rhode Island
105 Coastal Institute
1 Greenhouse Road
Kingston, RI 02881.
Phone: (401)874-2026.
Fax: (401)874-4561.
Laura A. Meyerson
Job Title: Associate Professor
Address: Room 111,
Phone: 401-874-7058
Research: Invasion Biology and Restoration Ecology
  • Ph.D., Yale University - School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, 2000
  • Conservation Biology (NRS 223)
  • Invasion Ecology (NRS 445/545)
  • Restoration Ecology (NRS 401/501)

Research Interests

  • Dr. Laura Meyerson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Resources Science at the University of Rhode Island. Her research is international in scope and addresses the mechanisms underpinning plant invasions and the consequences of invasions for ecosystem function and human well-being. Dr. Meyerson also conducts research on ecological restoration and ecosystem services. She has also made significant contributions in the area of environmental policy at national and international levels working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. National Invasive Species Council, the Global Invasive Species Programme, and the Convention on Biological Diversity. Laura Meyerson started her work in policy as an Environmental Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and later as a staff scientist at the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Policy and the Environment. In 2009 she was selected as a 2009 Also Leopold Leadership Fellow and in 2011 she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research in the Czech Republic. Dr. Meyerson seeks to generate new scientific knowledge and clearly communicate this science to the public, policy makers and the scientific community.
Related Links

  1. Ge, Y., J. Chang, X. Wu, Y. Wang, L. Meyerson, B. Gu, Y. Min, H. Xue, C. Peng. Does plastic greenhouse vegetable cultivation enhance regional ecosystem services beyond the food supply? Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.  
  2. Dibble, K.L and L.A. Meyerson. 2012. Tidal flushing restores the physiological condition of fish residing in degraded salt marshes. PLoS One doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0046161.  
  3. Meyerson L.A., Lambertini C., McCormick M., Whigham D. 2012. Hybridization of common reed in North America? The answer is blowing in the wind. AoB Plants. Doi:10.1093/aobpla/pls022.  
  4. Atwood, J.P. and Meyerson, LA. 2011. Progress in understand post-establishment evolution in nonnative plants. Neobiota 10: 7–25.  
  5. Atwood, J.P. and Meyerson, LA. 2011. Island biogeography on the small scale: low competitor richness and density on islands may drive evolution in nonnative plants. Biological Invasions 13: 2035-2043.  
  6. Baron, J., L. Gunderson, C. Allen, E. Fleishman, D. McKenzie, L.A. Meyerson, J. Oropeza, N. Stephenson. In Press. National Parks and Reserves for Adapting to Climate Change. Environmental Management DOI 10.1007/s00267-009-9296-6  
  7. Meyerson, L.A., Osvaldo Sala, Alain Froment, Carolyn Friedman, Kerstin Hund-Rinke, Pim Martens, Asit Mazumder, Aditya Purohit, Matt Thomas, Andrew Wilby. 2008. Allocation of biodiversity to sustainably improve human health and well-being. Science Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE). In Biodiversity change and human health: From ecosystem services to spread of disease. Island Press.  
  8. Meyerson, L.A., K. Saltonstall, R.M. Chambers. 2008. Phragmites australis in eastern North America: a historical and ecological perspective. In Silliman, B. R., E. Grosholz, M. D. Bertness. Salt marshes under global Siege. Univ. of Cal. Press.  
  9. Meyerson, L.A. and H.A. Mooney. 2007. Invasive Alien Species in an Era of Globalization Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 5(4): 199-208.  
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