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Howard E. Epstein

Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Environmental Sciences
Office location and address
211 Clark Hall
291 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Education
Ph.D., Colorado State University, 1997
Assessing the ability to detect invasive plant species using drone-based leaf-scale visible and near-infrared imaging spectroscopy - Fellowship on behalf of Kelsey Huelsman Year 2
Source: Virginia Space Grant Consortium
July 01, 2021 – June 30, 2022
Vulnerability of the Taiga-Tundra Ecotone: GRA Proposal
Source: Universities Space Research Association
August 01, 2019 – March 25, 2022
AS-ENVS Ecosystem Functional Diversity of the Circumpolar Arctic Tundra
Source: U.S. Nasa - Goddard
March 15, 2018 – March 14, 2022
Assessing the ability to detect invasive plant species using drone-based leaf-scale visible and near-infrared imaging spectroscopy - Kelsey Huelsman
Source: Virginia Space Grant Consortium
July 01, 2020 – July 31, 2021
Using Drone-Based Hyperspectral Imagery to Map Individual Species of Invasive Plants in the Northern Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia
Source: U.S. Department Of Agriculture
August 18, 2018 – December 31, 2020
AS-ENVS COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: Patterns, Dynamics, and Vulnerability of Arctic Polygonal Ecosystems: From Ice-Wedge polygon to Pan-Arctic Landscapes
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Geosciences
January 01, 2018 – December 31, 2020
AS-ENVS Convergence NNA: Bridging Science, Art and Community in the New Arctic
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Geosciences
March 01, 2018 – February 28, 2019
AS-ENVS Collaborative Research: Understanding the Potential for a Climate Change-Driven Critical Transition from Forest to Chaparral
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Biological Sciences
August 01, 2014 – July 31, 2018
University Of Alaska
Source: University Of Alaska
April 01, 2014 – March 31, 2018
AS-ENVS Distinguishing Plant Communities Using Ground-Level Hyperspectral Data at the Blandy Experimental Farm in Virginia
Source: Virginia Space Grant Consortium
June 01, 2015 – May 31, 2016
AS-ENVS Recovery and Archiving of Key Arctic Alaska Vegetation Map and Plot Data for Long-Term Vegetation Analyses
Source: University Of Alaska
July 01, 2013 – June 30, 2015
Old Growth Ecosystems in Mid-Atlantic
Source: Smithsonian Institution
August 16, 2011 – December 31, 2013
Collaborative Research: Seasonality of circumpolar tundra - ocean and atmosphere controls and effects on energy and carbon budgets
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Biological Sciences
September 01, 2009 – August 31, 2013
AS-ENVS Evaluating Carbon and Water Cycling in the Weimer Run Watershed, West Virginia
Source: Appalachian Stewardship Foundation
July 01, 2012 – August 31, 2013
AS-ENVS Regional Land-Cover Change in teh Northwest Siberian Low Artic: Integrating Ground Data with Remote-Sensing Spanning the Space Age
Source: Virginia Space Grant Consortium
June 01, 2012 – May 31, 2013
EVSC 3200: Fundamentals of Ecology
Credits: 3
Studies energy flow, nutrient cycling and allocation in natural ecosystems, organization of species at the population and community levels, and interaction between people and the biosphere. Prerequisite: One semester of calculus; recommended; at least one semester of college-level chemistry and biology with labs such as CHEM 1410, 1420, and BIOL 2020.
EVSC 3201: Fundamentals of Ecology Laboratory
Credits: 1
Field and laboratory experimentation illustrative of ecological systems, and their checks, balances, and cycles. Corequisite: EVSC 3200.
ARTH 3559: New Course in History of Art
Credits: 3–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in the subject History in Art.
EVSC 4260: Ecology of Grasslands and Tundra
Credits: 3
This course will emphasize plant community and ecosystem ecology of water-limited grassland systems and energy-limited tundra systems. Various topics will be covered including water, carbon, and nitrogen cycles, primary production, plant physiology, plant competition, and plant-herbivore interactions. We will examine the environmental factors that control these systems, as well as their geographic distribution throughout the globe. Prerequisite: EVSC 3200 or instructor permission.
EVSC 4991: The Theory and Practice of Biodiversity Conservation
Credits: 3
The goal of this class is to rigorously compare real-life conservation program implementation with the theoretical goals of conservation science. This course is a senior-level offering designed to serve as a capstone class for students enrolled in the Environmental and Biological Conservation Specialization program and will be presented in a seminar format where a theoretical presentation of conservation science within the context is presented. Prerequisite: EVSC 3200 (fund. of Ecology) or BIOL 3020 (Evolution and Ecology)
EVSC 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Specialized topics in ecology, atmosphere, hydrology, environmental geology, or environmental systems not normally covered in formal classes under the direction of the faculty. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
EVSC 4995: Supervised Research
Credits: 1–6
Original research usually involving a field or laboratory problem in the environmental sciences under the direction of one or more faculty members. The results may form the basis of an undergraduate thesis which is required to partially fulfill the Distinguished Majors Program in environmental sciences. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
EVSC 4999: Thesis Research
Credits: 3
Provides credit for doing work in pursuit of the undergraduate thesis option for majors in Environmental Science
EVEC 5220: Terrestrial Ecology
Credits: 4
Analyzes the patterns and processes in terrestrial ecosystems. Topic include macro- and micro-meteorological factors such as producer, consumer, and decomposer processes; hydrologic and biogeochemical pathways; and changes through space and time. Three lecture and four field or laboratory hours. Prerequisite: EVSC 3200 or equivalent, and instructor permission.
EVEC 5559: New Course in Ecology
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of ecology.
EVEC 7559: New Course in Ecology
Credits: 3
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of ecology.
EVEC 7993: Independent Study - GIS and Invasive Plant Species
Credits: 2
This course is an Independent Study for students to learn and utilize Geographic Information Systems to map and monitor the spread of invasive plant species. Students will learn and use Arc/GIS software and assess the ecological causes and implications of invasive plant species migrations.
EVEC 7999: Independent Study: Ecology
Credits: 1–6
Individual or group study in developing or special areas of ecology and interrelated areas.
EVSC 8998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
EVSC 8999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
EVSC 9995: Research Problems
Credits: 1–12
Individual or group research on interdisciplinary problems in environmental sciences.
EVSC 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
EVSC 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.