Irene Rossell

Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Studies
154 Rhoades-Robinson Hall

Office Hours

  • Tue: 

    • 11:00 a.m. - noon
  • Thu: 

    • 11:00 a.m. - noon

Dr. Rossell teaches field ecology, plant ecology, and scientific writing. Her research interests include wetland ecology, plant ecology, and plant-animal interactions. Examples of research projects with undergraduates include wetland seed banks and plant regeneration, effects of dogwood anthracnose on wildlife food availability, and ecology of box turtles.


  • B.A.  Wellesley College
  • M.S.  West Virginia University
  • Ph.D.  State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Courses Taught

  • ENVR 241  Ecology and Field Biology
  • ENVR 315  Scientific Writing
  • ENVR 330  Seminar
  • ENVR 346  Plant Ecology
  • ENVR 374  Woody Plants
  • ENVR 490  Internship
  • ENVR 499  Undergraduate Research

Professional Interests

  • Plant ecology
  • Plant-animal interactions
  • Interactions of humans and nature

Recent Publications [student authors underlined]

  • Rossell, C.R. Jr., S. Hatcher Roach, I.M. Rossell, & C. McGrath.  [2009].  "Attributes of rock outcrops selected by Allegheny and Eastern woodrats in the zone of contact in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina."  AMERICAN MIDLAND NATURALIST  162:200-206.
  • Rossell, I.M., K.K. Moorhead, H. Alvarado, & R.J. Warren, II.  [2009].  "Succession of a southern Appalachian mountain wetland six years following hydrologic and microtopographic restoration."  RESTORATION ECOLOGY 17:205-214.
  • Warren, R.J. II, I.M. Rossell, K.K. Moorhead, & J.D. Pittillo.  [2007].  "The influence of woody encroachment on herbaceous vegetation in a southern Appalachian wetland complex."  AMERICAN MIDLAND NATURALIST  157:39-51.
  • Rossell, C.R. Jr., I.M. Rossell, & S. Patch.  [2006].  "Microhabitat selection by eastern box turtles [Terrapene c. carolina] in a North Carolina mountain wetland."  JOURNAL OF HERPETOLOGY  40:280-284.
  • Rossell, I.M. & D.A. Losure.  [2005].  "The habitat and plant associates of Eriocaulon decangulare in three southern Appalachian wetlands."  CASTANEA  70:129-135.