Lauri Green, Ph.D.


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Assistant Professor

Ph.D. University of California Los Angeles. Biology

B.S. University of California Los Angeles, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior

Contact Information

Academic Areas

Concepts in Biology 1 and 2; Biodiversity and Conservation; Ecology and Evolution, Animal Behavior, Marine Ecology

Research Areas

Trophic dynamics of aquatic ecosystems, avian ecology, conservation biology, animal behavior, field ecology, water quality management, anthropogenic impacts, eutrophication

I joined Bloomsburg University in 2017 after working in California, Florida and Oregon. I earned my PhD in Biology at UCLA and held postdoctoral positions with UCLA and the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, Florida Atlantic University and the Environmental Protection Agency. I have a research program that supports both undergraduate and graduate projects. I provide students with opportunities to grow as researchers and learn technical writing skills. I also enjoy experimenting with innovative teaching styles and creating inclusive learning environments.

My current research uses Tree Swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) to evaluate avian ecology, trophic dynamics, animal behavior and wetland ecology. Projects include assessing the relationship between of prey availability and reproductive success, using DNA fingerprinting to evaluate prey consumption, quantifying avian behavior and analyzing nest construction. Future projects will include the use of drones in spatial analysis, recording Tree Swallow communication and using playback experiments in behavior experiments. My research has been covered by the local print media and featured on Pennsylvania Outdoor Life.

Prior to coming to Bloomsburg University, I studied the effects of eutrophication and how to manage nutrient enrichment. My research utilized a broad array of techniques including manipulative experiments, quantifying biogeochemistry, use of stable isotopes, creating time budgets for foraging shorebirds, using spatial analysis in resource selection models and harnessing secondary data to evaluate management of nonpoint sources of nutrients.

I welcome collaboration and I welcome prospective students to inquire about research opportunities.


Calle, L. Green, L., Strong, A., Gawlik, D. 2018. Time-integrated habitat availability is a resource attribute that informs patterns of use in intertidal areas. Ecological Monographs. 1-21.
Calle, L., Gawlik, D., Xie, Z., Green, L., Lapointe, B., Strong, A. 2018. Tidal periodicities and foraging time-constraints give insight into mechanisms driving a wading bird numerical response to changes in habitat. The Auk. 133(3): 378-396.
Green, L., Fong, P. 2015. The good, the bad and the Ulva: The density dependent role of macroalgal subsidies in influencing diversity and trophic structure of an estuarine community. Oikos. 125: 988-1000. DOI: 10.1111/oik.02860.
Green, L., Gawlik, D., Lapointe, B., Calle, L. 2015.Relative effects of physical and small-scale factors on the distribution of tropical seagrasses in the Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge, Lower Florida Keys. Aquatic Botany. 124: 45-53.
Green, L., Lapointe, B., Gawlik, D. 2015. Winter nutrient pulse and seagrass epiphyte bloom: Evidence of anthropogenic enrichment or natural fluctuations in the Lower Florida Keys? Estuaries and Coasts. 8(6): 1854-1871. DOI: 10.1007/s12237-015-9940-8.
Green, L., Fong, P. 2015. A small-scale test of the species-energy hypothesis in a southern California estuary. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 464: 35-43. DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2014.12.012.
Green, L., Blumstein, D., Fong, P. 2014. Macroalgal mats in a eutrophic estuary obscure visual foraging cues and increase variability in prey availability for some shorebirds. Estuaries and Coasts. 38: 917-926. DOI: 10.1007/s12237-014-9862-x.
Green, L., Sutula, M., Fong, P. 2014. How much is too much? Identifying benchmarks of adverse effects of macroalgae on the macrobenthic community in estuarine intertidal flats. Ecological Applications. 24 (2): 300-314.
Sutula, M., Green, L., Cicchetti, G., Detenbeck, N., Fong, P. 2014. Thresholds of adverse effects of macroalgal abundance and sediment organic matter on benthic habitat quality in estuarine intertidal flats. Estuaries and Coasts. 37: 1532-1548.
Green, L. 2011. Macroalgal mats control trophic structure and shorebird foraging behavior in a southern California estuary. Ph.D. Dissertation. University of California, Los Angeles.
Sutula, M., Fong, P., Kaldy, J., Gillette, D., Green, L., Kennison, R., Madden, C., McLaughlin, K., Ranasinghe, J. 2011. Review of indicators for development of Numeric Nutrient Endpoints in California. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Technical Report No. 646.
Gould, M., Green, L., Altenau, B., Blumstein, D. 2004. A study of the species- confidence hypothesis with spiny-cheeked honey eaters (Acanthagenys rufogularis). Emu. 104: 267-271.