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Vikki Rodgers

Associate Professor

Academic Division: Math & Science
Kriebel
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781-239-5274

Bio

Dr. Rodgers joined Babson College in September 2007 and has taught a variety of ecology, botany and environmental science courses. She currently teaches courses in: Case Studies in Ecological Management (NST2020), Economic Botany (SCN3630), and Art & Ecology (ENV4610). Dr. Rodgers received her B.S. in Biology at the University of New Hampshire in 1999 and her Ph.D. in Forest Ecology and Biogeochemistry at Boston University in 2007. Her doctoral research focused on the impacts of invasive plant species on soil nutrient cycling, microbial populations, and native plant communities in forests of New England. She regularly presents her research at national conferences and her work has been accepted for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals such as: BioScience, Journal of Ecology and Oecologia. She was awarded the Deans Award for Teaching Excellence in 2012 and the Faculty Scholarship Award in 2014. Dr. Rodgers’ research interests are focused on understanding the numerous effects humans are having on various natural ecosystems. She is interested in all aspects of global environmental change, including the effects of climate change, land use change, nitrogen deposition, and the spread of invasive species. In addition, Dr. Rodgers performs pedalogical research to explore effective teaching strategies to engage non-STEM majors in environmental science. She also actively participates in a variety of outreach programs to encourage young women and other underrepresented groups to pursue careers in science.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Boston University
  • BS, University of New Hampshire

Academic Interests

Ecology; Botany; Climate Change; Biogeochemistry; Conservation Biology; Invasive Species; Biomimicry; Food Systems; Environmental Science; Sustainability

Awards & Honors

  • 2015 - Changemaker Award , Lewis Institute
  • 2015 - One of the "40 Best Business School Professors under 40", Poets and Quants
  • 2014 - Faculty Scholarship/Research Award, Babson College
  • 2014 - Shelley Kaplan Sustainability Award for Research/Academics , Babson College
  • 2012 - Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching , Babson College

Courses

Degree Courses 2016-2017
  • NST 2020: CASE STUDIES IN ECOLOGICAL MGMT
Degree Courses 2015-2016
  • NST 2020: CASE STUDIES IN ECOLOGICAL MGMT
  • SCN 3630: ECONOMIC BOTANY

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Smith, N.G., Rodgers, V.L., Brzostek, E., Kulmatiski, A., Avolio, M.L., Koerner, S.E., Hoover, D., Grant, K., Jentshe, A., Fatichi, S., Niyogi, D. (2014). Towards a better integration of biological data from precipitation manipulation experiments into Earth system models. Reviews of Geophysics, 52(3), 412–434. link
  • Rodgers, V.L. (2014). Pitching environmental science to business majors: Engaging students in renewable energy choices. Journal of College Science Teaching, 43(5), 28-32. link
  • Lester, T., Rodgers, V.L. (2012). Teaching A Cross-Disciplinary Environmental Science, Policy and Culture Course on Costa Rica’s Ecotourism to Business Students. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 2(3), 234-238.
  • Rodgers, V.L., Hoeppner, S.S., Daley, M.J., Dukes, J.S. (2012). Leaf Level Gas Exchange and Foliar Chemistry of Common Old Field Species. International Journal of Plant Sciences, 173(9), 957-970. link
  • Laprise, S., Pilips, J., Rodgers, V.L., Winrich, C. (2011). Practice-oriented science education for business students. International Journal of Science in Society, The, 2(3), 235-242.
  • Rodgers, V.L., Dukes, J., Pontius, J., Orwig, D., Warren, G., Cooke, B., Brazee, N., Ayers, M., Hrrington, R., Theoharides, K., Lerdau, M., Wick, R., Ehrenfeld, J., Gurevitch, J., Stange, E., Stinson, K. (2009). The responses of pests, pathogens and invasive species to climate change in the forests of Northeastern North America: What can we predict?. Canadian Journal of Forest Research(29), 231-248.
  • Rodgers, V.L., Finzi, A. (2009). Bottom-up rather than top-down processes regulate the abundance and activity of nitrogen fixing plants. Biogeochemistry, 95(2-3), 309-321.
  • Rodgers, V.L., Gallet-Budynek, A., Brzostek, E., Talbot, J., Hyzy, S., Finzi, A. (2009). Contribution of organic and inorganic N sources to root uptake in two intact temperate forest soils. Oecologia, 160(1), 129-138.
  • Wolfe, B.E., Rodgers, V.L., Stinson, K.A., Pringle, A. (2008). The invasive plant Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) inhibits ectomycorrhizal fungi in its introduced range. Journal of Ecology, 96, 777-783.
  • Rodgers, V.L., Wolfe, B.E., Werden, L.K., Finzi, A.C. (2008). The invasive species Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) increases soil nutrient availability in northern hardwood-conifer forests. Oecologia, 157, 455-471.
  • Rodgers, V.L., Stinson, K.A., Finzi, A.C. (2008). Ready or not, garlic mustard is moving in: Alliaria petiolata as a member of eastern deciduous forests. BioScience, 58(5), 426-436.

Monographs

  • Rodgers, V.L. (2015). A SEERS approach to analyzing impact: Using a science research project to evaluate product life cycle sustainability. Emerald.
  • Winrich, C.D., Rodgers, V.L., Maclean, M.G., Blodgett, D.M., Schaefer, J. (2015). Science education as entrepreneurial thought and action methodology. Emerald.

Presentations

  • Fluctuating resources and invasion establishment: linking demography with environmental drivers
    Rodgers, V., Griffith, A., Dukes, J. Fluctuating resources and invasion establishment: linking demography with environmental drivers 100th Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Baltimore, MD (2015)
  • Bridging the boundaries of art, science, and business: Integrating botanical art perspectives into a science class for business students
    Rodgers, V., Krcmar, D. Bridging the boundaries of art, science, and business: Integrating botanical art perspectives into a science class for business students 7th Meeting of the Association of Environmental Studies and Science (AESS) , San Diego, CA (2015)
  • Pitching environmental science to business majors: Engaging students in environmental technology tradeoffs
    Rodgers, V. Pitching environmental science to business majors: Engaging students in environmental technology tradeoffs 6th Meeting of the Association of Environmental Studies and Science (AESS) , New York, NY (2014)
  • The responses of six common tree species exposed to experimentally altered climate at the Boston Area Climate Experiment (BACE)
    Rodgers, V., Hoeppner, S., Dukes, J. The responses of six common tree species exposed to experimentally altered climate at the Boston Area Climate Experiment (BACE) 5th Meeting of the Association of Environmental Studies and Science (AESS) , Pittsburgh, PA (2013)
  • Climate Change Influences Plant Communities of New England
    Rodgers, V. Climate Change Influences Plant Communities of New England Rhode Island College Biology Department Research Seminar , Providence RI (2012)
  • Responses of Leaf Characteristics to Experimentally Altered Climate Conditions
    Rodgers, V., Hoeppner, S. Responses of Leaf Characteristics to Experimentally Altered Climate Conditions 97th Meeting of the Ecological Society of America , Portland, OR (2012)
  • Plant Responses from Boston Area Climate Experiment
    Rodgers, V. Plant Responses from Boston Area Climate Experiment Wellesley College Science Faculty Seminar Series , Wellesley MA (2012)
  • Connecting Environmental Science with Hands-On Business Applications in the Classroom
    Rodgers, V. Connecting Environmental Science with Hands-On Business Applications in the Classroom 3rd Meeting of the Association of Environmental Studies and Science , Burlington, VT (2011)
  • Mixing Students Across Disciplines in Cap-Stone Project
    Rodgers, V., Winrich, C., McKenna, L. Mixing Students Across Disciplines in Cap-Stone Project 59th National Science Teacher Association , San Francisco (2011)
  • Transforming Laboratory Experiments using Sensor Technology
    Rodgers, V., Winrich, C., Lapise , S. Transforming Laboratory Experiments using Sensor Technology 59th National Science Teacher Association , San Francisco (2011)
  • Capstone Project Demonstrating the Role of Science, Technology, and Bioethics in Business Innovation
    Rodgers, V. Capstone Project Demonstrating the Role of Science, Technology, and Bioethics in Business Innovation National Association of Biology Teachers , Denver CO (2010)
  • Experimentally Altered Climate Conditions Cause Changes in Photosynthesis
    Rodgers, V., Hoeppner, S. Experimentally Altered Climate Conditions Cause Changes in Photosynthesis 95th Meeting of the Ecological Society of America , Pittsburgh, PA (2010)
  • The Effects of Warming in Precipitation Change
    Rodgers, V., Hoeppner, S. The Effects of Warming in Precipitation Change 95th Meeting of the Ecological Society of America , Pittsburgh, PA (2010)
  • Analysis of DNA Barcodes to Identify and Distinguish Between Two Groups of Native and Invasive Plant Species
    Rodgers, V., Laprise , S. Analysis of DNA Barcodes to Identify and Distinguish Between Two Groups of Native and Invasive Plant Species National Conference of American Society of Plant Biology , Montreal, Canada (2010)
  • Using Innovation to Develop an Understanding and Appreciation of Science, Technology, and Societal Needs
    Rodgers, V., Winrich, C. Using Innovation to Develop an Understanding and Appreciation of Science, Technology, and Societal Needs 58th National Science Teacher Association Conference , Philadelphia PA (2010)
  • Plant Shifts in Photosynthesis and Transpiration Rates in Response to Experimentally Altered Climates
    Rodgers, V., , Plant Shifts in Photosynthesis and Transpiration Rates in Response to Experimentally Altered Climates 94th Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Albuquerque NM (2009)
  • Photosynthetic Responses of the Old-Field Herbaceous Community
    Rodgers, V. Photosynthetic Responses of the Old-Field Herbaceous Community Boston Area Climate Change Conference , Waltham, MA (2009)
  • Science and Society: Exploring the Interaction Between Technology and Humanity
    Rodgers, V., Winrich, C., Philips, J., Holt, S. Science and Society: Exploring the Interaction Between Technology and Humanity 57th National Science Teachers Association , New Orleans, LA (2009)
  • Responses of Invasive Plants and Insect Pests to Climate Change in Northeastern North American Forests
    Rodgers, V. Responses of Invasive Plants and Insect Pests to Climate Change in Northeastern North American Forests Northern Forest Alliance Conference on Climate Change , Hanover, NH (2008)