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Theodore Shear

Associate Professor

NC State University

Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources

Area(s) of Expertise

I conduct research on the restoration and management of forests in North America and Central America, the highlands of eastern Africa, and the highlands of southwestern China. Active interests include forest and stream restoration, exotic species management, grassland restoration on the southern Piedmont of the U.S., and art and architecture in the ecological restoration of urban ecosystems.
I am becoming increasingly focused on the resilience of restored ecosystems in rapidly changing climates. I am exploring the application of molecular tools to explore questions of ecological restoration genetics, such as predictive sourcing of provenances for climate change (e.g., drought tolerant races of endangered species), and gene expression analysis as a measure of genetic resilience in restored populations and communities.