Associate Professor, GS

goodalal@jmu.edu

Contact Info

Education
  • Ph.D. Geography, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • M.S. Biology, M.S. Geo-Environmental Studies, Secondary Environmental Education Certification, Shippensburg University
  • B.A. Anthropology, California University of Pennsylvania
Scholarly Interests/Research Topics
  • Applied Biogeography
  • Human Perceptions of Biodiversity Conservation
  • Citizen Science
  • Gardens for Environmental Education and Community Engagement
Experience

Through research grants and projects with students, I have worked for over 20 years with understanding the distribution and behaviors of migratory bird and butterfly species. My teaching emphasizes the importance of Earth’s biodiversity. As part of my work, I collaborate with public school administrators, teachers, and students to develop vegetable and flower gardens at Harrisonburg City schools.  The gardens provide habitat for wildlife and serve as biodiversity study sites for students of all ages. The gardens also help students learn about healthy eating and how to work together as a community.  Students who work with me go on to graduate programs in biogeography and agriculture as well as to employment in environmental education, natural resources conservation, and sustainability of urban environments.

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