Current research in the Shebitz Lab at Kean University:
In Costa Rica:
- Using and ecological and ethnobotanical approach to medicinal plant research in Costa Rica
- The role of nitrogen-fixing trees in the recovery of lowland tropical rainforest following agriculture
In New Jersey:
- Evaluating effects of historic agriculture and current restoration activity on succession and plant diversity in the New Jersey Pine Barrens
- Development of mycorrhizal functional groups and plant life forms in Atlantic white-cedar from early restoration areas to old swamps.
- Evaluating the medicinal properties of common invasive plants in New Jersey
In Washington State:
- Integrating traditional ecological knowledge into the restoration of ethnobotanically significant plants
- Evaluating the effects of traditional burning practices on beargrass savannas
- Shebitz, D.J., *R. Gomez, and *A. Casimir. 2013. A preliminary study of Nicaraguan and Costa Rican medicinal plant knowledge in the Maquenque National Wildlife Refuge. Journal of Medicinal Plants Research 7(13): 790-798.
- Shebitz, D. J. and W. Eaton. 2013. Forest structure, nutrients, and Pentaclethra macroloba growth after deforestation of Costa Rican lowland forests. ISRN Ecology: Volume 2013, Article ID 414357, 10 pages, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/414357
- Smith-Sebasto, N.J. and D.J. Shebitz. 2013. Creation of an Innovative Sustainability Science Undergraduate Degree Program: A10-Step Process. Innovative Higher Education Volume 38 (2):129-141.
- Dobosiewicz, J., D. Shebitz and *J. Tuohy. 2012. Using a bioblitz to connect species richness and environmental characteristics in an urban watershed. Middle States Geographer. 44:47-56.
- Shebitz, D.J. and C.Crandell. 2012. Weaving biological and cultural diversity. Pages 156-169, Chapter 9 In From the Hands of a Weaver: Olympic Peninsula Basketry Through Time. J.Wray [ed]. Olympic Peninsula Intertribal Cultural Advisory Committee. University of Oklahoma Press. 245pp.
- Eaton, W.D., D. Shebitz, *K. Niemera, and *C. Looby. 2012. The Effects of the N-Fixing Tree Pentaclethra macroloba on the above and below ground communities within a primary forest in the Northern Zone of Costa Rica. Pages 57-78, Chapter 4 In The Functioning of Ecosystems, Edited by Ali, M. ISBN 979-953-307-871-6. InTech Publications. 332pp.
Shebitz, D.J. and J.E. James. 2010. When Smokey Says “No”: Fire-less Methods for Growing Plants Adapted to Cultural Fire Regimes. USDA Forest Service Proceedings, RMRS-P-62. 2010: 17-23.
- J.E. James and D.J. Shebitz. 2010. Establishing, Conducting, and Maintaining Mutually Beneficial, Collaborative Research Efforts with Tribes. USDA Forest Service Proceedings, 6 RMRS-P-62. 2010: 5-7.
- Shebitz, D.J., S. Reichard, and P. Dunwiddie. 2009. Ecological and cultural significance of burning beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax) habitat on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington, USA. Journal of Ecological Restoration 23(3):306-319.
- Shebitz, D.J., K. Ewing, J. Gutierrez*. 2009. Preliminary observations of using smoke-water to increase low-elevation beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax) germination. Native Plants Journal 10(1):13-20.
- Shebitz, D.J., S.H. Reichard, and W. Woubneh. 2008. Beargrass on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington: Autecology and Population Status. Northwest Science 82(2): 128-140.
- Peter, D. and D.J. Shebitz. 2006. Historic anthropogenically-maintained beargrass savannas of the southeastern Olympic Peninsula. Restoration Ecology 14(4):605-615.
- Storm, L. and D. Shebitz. 2006. Evaluating the Purpose, Extent, and Ecological Restoration Applications of Indigenous Burning Practices in Southwestern Washington. Journal of Ecological Restoration 24(4):256-268.
- Gold, W., K. Ewing, J. Banks, M. Groom, T. Hinkley, D. Secord, and D. Shebitz. 2006. Collaborative Ecological Restoration. Science Magazine 312: 1880-1881
- Shebitz, D.J. 2006. The Historical Role and Current Restoration Applications of Fire in Maintaining Beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax) Habitat on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. A dissertation. University of Washington, Seattle.
- Shebitz, D.J. 2005. Weaving traditional ecological knowledge into the restoration of basketry plants. Journal of Ecological Anthropology 9:51-68.
- Shebitz, D.J. and R.W. Kimmerer. 2005. Re-establishing roots of a Mohawk Community and a culturally significant plant: sweetgrass. Restoration Ecology 13(2):257-264.
- Shebitz, D. J. and R.W. Kimmerer. 2004. Population trends and ecological requirements of sweetgrass, Hierochloe odorata: integration of traditional and scientific ecological knowledge. Journal of Ethnobiology 24(1): 93-111.
- Shebitz, D. 2002. Piecing together history. Book review of Egan, D. and E.A. Howell. 2001. The Historical Ecology Handbook: A Restorationist’s Guide to Reference Ecosystems. Island Press, Washington, D.C 457pp. Conservation Biology. 16 (2): 565.
- Blaustein, L, J.E. Garb, D. Shebitz, and E. Nevo. 1999. Microclimate, developmental plasticity and community structure in artificial temporary pools. Hydrobiologia 392:187-196.