Lauren D. Howard began teaching at Norwich in 1976 and has enjoyed working with Norwich students ever since. He earned his B.A. in biology at Hartwick College and a Ph.D. in botany from the University of Vermont.
Howard is an expert in plant taxonomy and forest ecology, and studied how forest ecosystems change over time. He teaches Principles of Biology, Plant Taxonomy (common Northeast spore and seed plant identification), Plant Anatomy (internal plant structure), Dendrology and Silvics (woody trees and shrubs), and Woodland Ecology and Management (forest ecology and major eastern North American forest types). Many of his labs are outdoors, including those which start in January! Professor Howard is a recipient of the Homer L. Dodge Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2013 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the founder and curator of the Norwich University Herbarium, an internationally recognized collection of over 15,000 dried plant specimens collected by Norwich students. He advises the Chi Sigma Chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the national biology honor society.
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