Dr. Christine Small


Office: 179 Center for the Sciences
Lab: 168 Center for the Sciences
Box 6931, Radford University
Radford, VA 24142-6939, U.S.A.
Tel:(540) 831-7765
E-mail: cjsmall@radford.edu

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 103 - Environmental Biology
  • BIOL 104 - Human Biology
  • BIOL 160 - Freshman Seminar in Biology
  • BIOL 131 - Ecology and Adaptation
  • BIOL 217 - Flora of Virginia
  • BIOL 232 - Organismal Biology
  • BIOL 476 - Forest and Wetland Ecology
  • BIOL 491 - Directed Study and Research



I am a forest ecologist with interests in vegetation patterns and responses to disturbance. Current research areas include:

  • impacts of invasive plants and insects;
  • effects of white-tailed deer herbivory on forest regeneration;
  • influence of historic land use patterns on modern forests;
  • understory diversity in old-growth and logged forests;
  • conservation and management of Appalachian “non-timber forest products” (medicinal and edible wild plants).

Much of my research is applied – working to understand ecological processes important in conservation and management, and collaborating with conservation and natural resource agencies (USDA Forest Service; The Nature Conservancy; Natural Heritage Programs). Students contribute to nearly all aspects of my research. Those interested in forest ecology and conservation-related projects are encouraged to contact me about research opportunities.