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Eric WienerAssociate Professor of Environmental Science

Year Joined RCNJ: 2002

Contact Information

  • Phone: (201) 684-7728
  • Email: ewiener@ramapo.edu
  • Office: G-417
  • Office Hours: TF 1:45-3:15; Other times by appointment

Education:

  • B.S., Pennsylvania State University
  • Ph.D., University of Missouri – Saint Louis

Courses Offered:

  • General Ecology
  • Sustainable Natural Resources
  • Research Design and Statistics
  • Avian Ecology
  • Ecological Field Research
  • Study Abroad in Peru: Engaging with Amazonian Livelihoods

Teaching Interest:

  • Ecology
  • Field research
  • Sustainable use of natural resources
  • Conservation biology
  • Applied statistics for environmental and life sciences
  • Ecological and sociocultural immersion in the Amazon basin

Research Interest:

  • Temperate forest health and dynamics
  • Tropical forest succession, restoration, sustainable use and management by small landholders (primary focus on Amazon basin)
  • Avian ecology and conservation
  • Restoration and ecology of native wildflower meadows
  • Sustainable landscapes
  • Environmental Stewardship

Recent Publications:

  • Guerra Pinedo, P. C., Pacheco Gómez, T., Wiener, E. 2016. Sobrevivencia y crecimiento de plantones de Hymenaea oblongifolia Huber “azúcar huayo” bajo dos métodos de transplante en tres tipos de habitats. (Survivorship and growth of Hymenaea oblongifolia Huber (“azúcar huayo”) seedlings under two transplant techniques in plantation, secondary forest and old-growth forest habitats.) Conocimiento Amazónico 7(1):41-51.
  • Paredes Rengifo, J. F., Pacheco Gómez, T., Wiener, E. 2016. Quillosisales y su manejo en bosques secundarios de Tamshiyacu – Loreto, Perú. (Management of Quillosiza (Erisma bicolorDucke) stands in secondary forests of Tamshiyacu, Loreto, Peru.) Scientific article associated with Post-Graduate Forest Engineering Thesis, Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana, Iquitos, Loreto, Peru.
  • Llerena Pisango, E. S., Pacheco Gómez, T., Wiener, E. 2015. Enriquecimiento de un bosque secundario en la Amazonía Occidental con once especies arbóreas nativas. (Reintroduction of eleven native tree species in a secondary forest in the western Amazon.) Scientific article associated with Post-Graduate Forest Engineering Thesis, Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana, Iquitos, Loreto, Peru.
  • Vásquez Garrate, J. D., Tello Espinoza, R., T., Wiener, E., Chota Inuma, J. 2014. Relaciones alométricas del diámetro, altura y copa de especies arbóreas según su tolerancia a la sombra y sus estratos verticales en bosques de Tamshiyacu, Loreto, Perú. (Allometric relationships among trunk diameter, total height and canopy traits according to shade-tolerance and vertical stratum of tree species in forests near Tamshiyacu, Loreto, Peru.) Scientific article associated with Post-Graduate Forest Engineering Thesis, Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana, Iquitos, Loreto, Peru.
  • Wiener, E. M.  2010.  Ecological research and the management of young successional forests: a case study on the reintroduction of native tree species on a terra firmesite in Northeastern Peru. Journal of Sustainable Forestry 29(6):571-590.
  • Selected list of conference abstracts (reverse chronological order):
  • Bartkowski, E., Lynch, L., Stellitano, M., Wisher, Z., Wiener, E. 2019. Spatial and temporal patterns of tree mortality in two mixed hardwood forests of the New Jersey Highlands. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Bowie, MD, USA.
  • Blackley, C., King, J., Kopf, D., Perez, E., Weiss, H., Wiener, E. 2019. Daily variation in concentrations of migrant raptors across multiple observation sites within the Atlantic Flyway of North America. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Bowie, MD, USA.
  • Wiener, E. 2019. Temporal and spatial dynamics of accelerated natural disturbance in New Jersey Highlands forests. Ecological Changes in Northern New Jersey Forests: Implications for Effective Stewardship Conference, Branchburg, NJ.
  • Wiener, E. 2019. A case study of the establishment and importance of native wildflower meadows for Apis mellifera and native pollinators at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Annual Fall Meeting of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association, Montvale, NJ.
  • Harrison, P, Lynch, L., Wiener, E., 2018. Subcanopy and canopy tree recruitment, mortality and growth rates in a hardwood forest in the New Jersey Highlands. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Newark, NJ, USA.
  • Erb, P., Ellerbusch, H., Wiener, E. 2017. Migrant raptor use of different pathways through the Atlantic Flyway: comparisons across species at different geographic scales. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Galloway, NJ, USA.
  • Flood, M., Wiener, E. 2017. Ecological impacts of a native insect defoliator: chestnut oak defoliation, forest succession and canopy gap expansion in a mixed hardwood forest of the New Jersey Highlands. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Galloway, NJ, USA.
  • Ramirez, S. D., Stewart, K. M., Wiener, E. M., Stein, J. T., Padhy, S. 2016. Utilizing a voluntary certification program to encourage sea turtle stewardship and minimize the negative impacts of tourism in St. Kitts and Nevis, West Indies. International Marine Conservation Congress, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
  • Bara, D., Wiener, E. 2015. Spatial distribution of American chestnut (Castanea dentata) seedlings and saplings in a forest tract along the highest ridge of the New Jersey Highlands. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, USA.
  • Adrion, L., Wiener, E. 2014. Eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) health across habitat gradients in the presence of woolly adelgids (Adelges tsugae). Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America Mid-Atlantic Chapter, University Park, Maryland, USA.
  • Wlodawski, B., Myers, A., Wiener, E. 2014. Severe weather and tree mortality in a mixed hardwood forest of the New Jersey Highlands. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America Mid-Atlantic Chapter, University Park, Maryland, USA.
  • Massoca, P. E. S., Nogueira, C. L. B., Bentos, T. V., Wiener, E. M., Mesquita, R. C. G. 2012.  Land use intensity affects biomass accumulation in Amazonian secondary forests. Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.
More about Eric M. Wiener

Eric Wiener – Associate Professor of Environmental Science, Dr. Wiener earned his Ph. D. in Biology (Program in Ecology, Evolution and Systematics) at the University of Missouri – Saint Louis and his B. S in Wildlife Science at the Pennsylvania State University. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, for over 30 years Dr. Wiener has been conducting research and other scholarship related to forest restoration ecology and sustainable forest management by small landholders in Peruvian and Brazilian regions of the Amazon basin. Since joining the Ramapo College faculty in 2002, Dr. Wiener has been conducting extensive field research with strong student involvement about accelerated ecological change in forests of the New Jersey / New York Highlands. In recent years, Dr. Wiener has also been conducting field research about raptor migration via the Ramapo Mountains, and the restoration and ecology of native wildflower meadows. Dr. Wiener’s research interests also include sustainable landscaping and environmental stewardship.

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