Steven Handel
Steven Handel
Restoration ecology; plant population ecology; plant-animal interactions

Cook Campus
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Dept of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources

Professor Handel is a restoration ecologist studying the potential for improvement of habitats, biodiversity, and ecoservices in urban and coastal areas. His scientific background is in plant population ecology and plant-animal interactions. He has collaborated with landscape architects on the application of ecology to the design of urban parks and coastal habitats, and spoken about these issues internationally. For example, in 2013, he was selected for the “Rebuild By Design” HUD competition to develop new ecological approaches to secure the NJ Shore. He is exploring ways of retaining ecological structure and services in the fringing habitats of Jamaica Bay, NY, for the U.S. National Park Service. His students and staff explore many aspects of restoration ecology, with an emphasis on plant communities. Handel is also Editor of the academic journal Ecological Restoration, whose editorial office is on College Farm Road.