Evans, Dr. Celia Ann

Professor of Ecology
Freer Science, 218
(518) 327-6460
Year Started at Paul Smith's:  2001


My ecological research has included beech bark disease impacts on forest structure, and salamanders as indicators of ecosystems function.

Currently I collaborate with Dr. Dennis Murray, Trent University in Ontario Canada, and others from Canada and the US on a geographic distribution-wide, long-term study of snowshoe hare dynamics in relationship to habitat structure. I also research browse preference and behavior of snowshoe hare here in the Adirondacks.

I also collaborate with Dr. Dan Kelting and Corey Laxson of the Adirondack Watershed Institute on the response of invasive and native aquatic plants to dessication during transport and water temperature in a changing climate. Finally, I study of potential climate change on the distributions of Tamarack and Black Spruce in the southern part of their geographic distribution. All of this work is performed with the help of our wonderful students.


  • Distinguished Faculty Award. Student Government Association, Paul Smith’s College, 2003. “…for her outstanding fellowship with students both in and outside the classroom. Thank you for motivating and inspiring students of Paul Smith’s College to reach their full potential.”
  • H. David Chamberlain Teaching Excellence Award. Paul Smiths College Faculty, Paul Smith’s College, 2011. “In recognition of your commitment to your students, and dedication to the mission of Paul Smith's College.” 
  • 2012 Fulbright teaching and research Fellowship to Gorno-Altaisk State University, Altai Republic, Russian Federation.
Interests and Activities

I continue to work in science education since my Post-doc at UNH. A real highlight for me was a 3 month teaching/research Fulbright scholarship in the Altai Republic in the Russian Federation. I worked with students at Gorno-Altaisk State University and worked with a Russian colleague to conduct research on rural elementary school students’ cultural relationship to place. Our reasearch examined the relative strengths of formal (school) and informal (family, community, and media) factors that influence their attachment to place and ecological literacy in the Altai and in the Adirondacks.

Lately, along with teaching and research I have been publishing magazine and newspaper essays about my science and education research interests and passions. Article examples can be found here and here. I am also a singer/songwriter in the folk genre. I've released four albums of original acoustic folk and am working on a fifth.

Academic Background

2000 - Post-Doctorate Research Associate in Science Education, University of New Hampshire

1999 - Ph.D., Dartmouth College, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

1991 - M.S., University of Toronto, Botany

1985 - B.A., Humboldt State University, Biology


2014       Evans et. al.

C. Evans, D. Kelting, E. Holmlund, and C. Laxson. 2014. Protecting our waters through integrated milfoil research, education, and management at the Adirondack Watershed Institute at Paul Smith’s College.  Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies, 19: 5-10.

2013       Garnas et. al.

J.R. Garnas, D.R. Houston, M.J. Twery, M.P. Ayres, and C. Evans C. 2013 Inferring controls on the epidemiology of beech bark disease from spatial patterning of disease organisms. Agricultural and Forest Entomology, DOI: 10.1111/j.1461-9563.2012.00595.x

2011       Evans et. al.

C. A. Evans, K. M. Forrest, D. L. Kelting, L. E. Steblin. 2011. Likelihood of fragment viability and rootlet formation in Eurasian watermilfoil (Myrophyllum spicatum L.) after desiccation.  Journal of Aquatic Plant Management 49: 57-62

2011       Garnas et. al.

Jeffrey R. Garnas, David R. Houston, Matthew P. Ayres and Celia Evans. 2010 . Garnas, JR., DR Houston, MP Ayres, and C. Evans. 2011. Disease ontogeny overshadows effects of climate and species interactions on population dynamics in a nonnative forest disease complex. Ecography 34: 1-10

2008       Woodcock et. al.

T. Woodcock, C. Evans, C. Laxson, R. Tucker, J. Allen, J. Mihuc, E. Allen and T. Mihuc (2008). Land use designation and vegetation community structure in the Adirondack uplands (New York, USA). Applied Vegetation Science. (Published online 11 June)

2007       Abrams et. al.

E. D. Abrams, S. Southerland and C.A. Evans 2007. Defining the Components of a Useful Definition. In: Inquiry in the Classroom: realities and opportunities. E. Abrams, S. Southerland, and S. Sylva (eds.) Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, NC. pp: ix-xlii.

2005       Evans et. al.

C. Evans, M.P Ayres, M. Twery, D. R. Houston, A. Liebhold. 2005. Predicting future population structures in hardwood forests affected by beech bark disease. In Beech Bark Disease: Proceedings of the Beech Bark Disease Symposium. Saranac Lake, NY. USDA Forest Service. Northeastern Research Station, General Technical Report NE-331. C. Evans, J. Lucas and M.Twery Eds.

2005       Evans et. al.

C. Evans, E. Abrams, P. Marra, K. Roux, L. Salmonsen, R. Reitsma. 2005. The Neighborhood Nestwatch Program: Sense of Place and Science Literacy in a Citizen-based Ecological Research Project. Conservation Biology 19 (3):589-594.

2001       Evans et. al.

C.A. Evans, E.K. Miller and A.J. Friedland. 2001. Effect of nitrogen and light on nutrient concentrations and associated physiological responses in birch and fir seedlings. Plant and Soil 236:197-207.

1998       Evans et. al.

C.A. Evans, A.J. Friedland, E.K. Miller. 1998. Nitrogen mineralization associated with birch and fir under different moisture regimes. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 28:1890-1898.

1996       Evans and Hutchinson

C.A. Evans and T.C. Hutchinson. 1996. Mercury accumulation in transplanted moss and lichens at high elevation sites in Quebec. Water Air and Soil Pollution 90: 475-488.

Courses Taught

General Ecology, Wetlands Ecosystems and Management, International Winter Ecology, Plant Physiology, Capstone Planning, Ecosystem Ecology


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