Expertise and Awards
• Environmental science and biology courses including Ecology, Conservation Biology, Wetlands, and Environmental Science
• Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Periclean Faculty Leader in STEM and Social Sciences
PhD in Biology, University of Missouri
BS in Biology, Middlebury College
My research focuses on amphibian ecology and conservation with an emphasis on population dynamics. I supervise senior thesis research projects on a wide range of topics including water quality, wildlife habitat assessment, pollinator ecology, animal behavior, and vernal pool amphibians.
Elizabeth Harper came to NEC after teaching wildlife ecology and natural resource management for five years at Paul Smith’s College. Her post-doctoral research at SUNY-ESF focused on the ecological modeling of amphibian and cottonwood populations. As a Watson Fellow, Dr. Harper documented the natural history of East African Amphibians, publishing “A Field Guide to the Amphibians of the Eastern Arc Mountains and Coastal Forests of Tanzania and Kenya.”
With her Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Periclean Faculty Leader award, Dr. Harper is creating a Community Action on Climate Change course in which students are partnering with local community groups on projects to reduce local carbon footprints. In all of her courses, Dr. Harper engages students with hands-on activities in the classroom; in nearby rivers, wetlands, and forests; and on Study Away trips in the U.S. and internationally.
She lives on a small farm in Wilmot, New Hampshire, where she keeps bees, grows vegetables, makes maple syrup, and serves as the Chair of the Zoning Board and the Conservation Commission.