Ellen Oettinger White

Dissertation Topic/Title:

Roadside Tree Removal: Causes, Consequences, and Who Decides

Dissertation Adviser

Previous Degrees

  • Rutgers University, 2016, Master in Landscape Architecture
  • Harvard University, 2008, Master in Urban Planning
  • North Carolina State University, 2003, Bachelor in Art & Design, Bachelor in Multidisciplinary Studies

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Research Interests/Personal Statement

My dissertation focuses on roadside vegetation management practices within state highway agencies. I study the way federal design guidelines are interpreted and implemented at the state and district levels. I also use landscape ecology tools (GIS, R, and Fragstats) to analyze road infrastructure and the landscapes surrounding roads, revealing the aggregate environmental impacts of policy and design decisions.

Teaching and T.A. Experience

  • Intro to GIS (Rutgers University), Fall 2020, Spring 2021
  • Landscape Ecology (Rutgers University), Fall 2018, 2020
  • Controversies in Sustainability (Rutgers University), Spring 2017, 2018, 2021
  • Fundamentals of Environmental Geomatics (Rutgers University), Spring 2015, 2016
  • Intermediate Environmental Geomatics (Rutgers University), Fall 2014, 2015
  • Markets & Market Failures (Harvard University), Fall 2007