Laura Gough

Professor and Department Chair


Contact Info

Science Complex, Room 4101A


Sc.B., Biology, Brown University

Ph.D., Plant Biology, Louisiana State University

Areas of Expertise

Plant Ecology


I am interested in the forces that structure plant communities and how community attributes affect ecosystem function. With several collaborators, my research in arctic tundra has examined how plants interact with other trophic levels including soil microbes, soil fauna, arthropods, small mammals and songbirds. In addition, I have mentored students conducting ecological studies in wetlands, terrestrial grasslands, and urban ecosystems.

Curriculum Vitae 

Courses Taught

BIOL 208: Biodiversity

BIOL 389: Current Developments in Biology: Urban Ecology

BIOL 611: Global Change Biology