Current research in the Shebitz Lab at Kean University:

In Costa Rica:

  1. Using and ecological and ethnobotanical approach to medicinal plant research in Costa Rica
  2. The role of nitrogen-fixing trees in the recovery of lowland tropical rainforest following agriculture

In New Jersey:

  1. Evaluating effects of historic agriculture and current restoration activity on succession and plant diversity in the New Jersey Pine Barrens
  2. Development of mycorrhizal functional groups and plant life forms in Atlantic    white-cedar from early restoration areas to old swamps. 
  3. Evaluating the medicinal properties of common invasive plants in New Jersey

In Washington State:

  1. Integrating traditional ecological knowledge into the restoration of ethnobotanically significant plants
  2. Evaluating the effects of traditional burning practices on beargrass savannas




Courses Syllabi


Applied Ecology






Medical Botany




Uban Ecology