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Spotlight James Moore

Dr. James Moore

Title:  Associate Professor of Biology

Length of Service at CBU:  Dr. Moore began teaching at CBU in 2011.

Courses regularly taught: BIOL 111 Principles of Biology I, BIOL 112 Principles of Biology II, BIOL 216 Botany, BIOL 250 Ecological Census Techniques, BIOL 340 Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis, BIOL 412 Ecology.

Formal Education: Dr. Moore received his B.S. in Biology from West Virginia State College in Institute, WV. He then moved to the tarheel state and received his M.S. degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Memphis under the supervision of Drs. Scott Franklin and Jack Grubaugh.

Background: Dr. Moore grew up in the beautiful hill of West Virginia deep in the heart of coal country. He has always had an appreciation for the natural world and firmly believes in understanding and preserving the remaining natural areas we have left.

Professional interests: Dr. Moore has multiple interests in the field of community ecology. He continues to address questions regarding plant community assembly following disturbance. He also works to understand how exotic invasive plants alter the communities they invade. Of particular interest are the factors that promote or hinder native plant communities (i.e., facilitation and competition). Dr. Moore has recently initiated collaborations that examine plant population genetics and disease dynamics of amphibians and reptiles.

Service: Dr. Moore now serves as Chair of the Vegetation Section of the Ecological Society of America (~10,000 members worldwide), Secretary of the International Association of Vegetation Science, and serves as Associate Editor for the Southwestern Naturalist.

Interests: Dr. Moore’s hobbies outside of the university revolve around his family, traveling as often as time permits. He also enjoys exercising, walking his dogs, hiking, mountain biking, and anything outdoors.

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