Christopher Tripler, Associate Professor
School of Arts & Sciences

Phone: 978-232-2377
Office Location: Judge Science Center
Office Number: 227
Office Hours: Tu 1-2, Th 3:30-4:30, F 2-3


Spring 2007

BIO 101L: Human Biology Labs - Human systems studied in the lab

ENV 210: Environmental Issues - Modern environmental issues from                                         genetically modified foods to global climate change

ENV 220: Environmental Science - The science behind the environmental                                 issues from nutrient cycles to acid precipitation

MTH 126: Applied Statistics - Basic statistical principals and applications                                     from Central Limit Theorem to Analysis of Variance


Christopher E. Tripler

School of Arts and Sciences, Endicott College, Beverly, Massachusetts 01915

Telephone: 978.232.2377 FAX 978.232.3100; e-mail:

Professional Preparation

2001-2005 Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

1994-2001 Ph.D., Biology/Ecology, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID

1986-1991 B.S., Biology, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Dept., University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT


2006- Assistant Professor, Endicott College, Beverly, MA

2005-2006 Adjunct Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT

2002-2005 National Science Foundation Minority Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

2001-2002 University of Louisville Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY


Warren, P., C.E. Tripler, D. Bolger, S. Faeth, N. Huntly, C. Lepczyk, J. Meyer, T. Parker, E. Shochat, and J. Walker. 2006. Urban food webs: predators, prey, and the people who feed them. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 87:387-393.

Tripler, C.E., S.S. Kaushal, G.E. Likens, and M. T. Walter. 2006. Patterns in potassium dynamics in forest ecosystems. Ecology Letters 9(3):451-466.

Carreiro, M.M. and C.E. Tripler. 2005. Forest remnants along urban-rural gradients: unexploited space-for-time substitutes for predicting effects of global environmental change. Ecosystems 8:568-582.

Tripler, C.E., C.D. Canham, R.S. Inouye, and J.L. Schnurr. 2005. Competitive hierarchies of temperate tree species: interactions between resource availability and herbivory by white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus L.). Ecoscience 12(4):494-505.

Additional Publications

Carreiro, M.M. and C.E. Tripler. xxxx. A Tale Of Two Cities: Using The Urban-Rural Gradient Approach To Compare The Effects Of New York City And Louisville, Kentucky On Nitrogen Cycling In Urban Forest Remnants. in Ecology and Management of Urban Forests: An International Perspective (eds. M.M. Carreiro, Y.-C. Song, and J. Wu). In press. Springer-Verlag.

Carreiro, M. M., R. V. Pouyat, and C. E. Tripler. xxxx. Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Cycling in Forests Along Urban-Rural Gradients in Two Cities. in Comparative Ecology of Cities and Towns (ed. M. McDonnell). In press. Springer-Verlag. Spring 2005.

Tripler, C. E., C. D. Canham, R. S. Inouye, and J. L. Schnurr. 2002. Plant nitrogen availability, plant luxury consumption, and herbivory by white-tailed deer. Oecologia 133:517-524.

Synergistic Activities

1. Since early 2002, I have presented 11 papers or posters at national conferences on urban effects on forest dynamics and ecosystem properties.

2. Since early 2002, I have disseminated information about the urban/forest ecology research in Louisville through campus wide publications (The Louisville Cardinal, The Portal, and Inside U of Louisville), local newspapers (Courier Journal, Louisville, Kentucky), and local public radio (WFPL, Home Grown,

3. I was a charter member of the Biogeosciences and Urban Ecosystem Ecology Sections of the Ecological Society of America in 2003; I ran for the chairmanship of the Urban Ecosystem Ecology Section in 2004 (subsequently lost); in addition I am a member of the Vegetation and Asian Sections of ESA as well.

4. I am the principal organizer for a proposed Organized Oral Session at the Ecological Society of America meeting in Montreal, Canada, August 7-12, 2005. Proposed Organized Oral Session: Insights, Challenges, and Future Directions in Modeling Forest Dynamics at Multiple Scales

5. I have attended the following workshops and meetings that have been intended to train or augment my professional training: (a) Likelihood and Information Theoretic Methods in Forest Ecology Course – Institute of Ecosystem Studies, October 20-31, 2003, (b) SORTIE, Forest Simulation Modeling Workshop – Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Millbrook, New York. November 3-6, 2003, (c) the Institute of Teaching and Mentoring, Sponsored by the New England Board of Higher Education / National Science Foundation (Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate Scholars). CNN Center, Atlanta, Georgia, Oct. 21-24, 2004, and (d) the 11th Cary Conference. Infectious Disease Ecology: Effects of Ecosystems on Disease and of Disease on Ecosystems. Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Millbrook, New York. May 3-5, 2005

6. I have been employed at Endicott College since September 2006. I am the College’s science tutor, I am a member of the Research Committee, and I am on the President’s Advisory Committee. I have taught or am teaching Forests of the World, Environmental Science, Environmental Issues, and Applied Statistics (3 sections). I will be teaching Plant Biology in the spring, where we will take advantage of the school's greenhouses, marshes, and forests.


Campus Involvement

I tutor science to those seeking help in a broad range topics from physics, chemistry, biology, ecology to environmental studies.

Also, I mentor the Endicott Environmental Society, which has had a very successful year with our Environmental Table in the library and our first ever Environmental Fair!

Biographical Profile

Christopher Tripler is an Assistant Professor in the science department at Endicott College; he holds a B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Connecticut, and a Ph. D. in Ecology from Idaho State University. His research focuses on understanding how forests grow, interact, and change from altered global climates. His previous work has examined the impacts of deer herbivory on forest succession in southern New England. He currently conducts research on the use of urban areas as surrogates for global climate change, the biogeochemistry of potassium; and the dynamics of forest ecosystems, especially across scales from stands to landscapes. His expanding interests include how human-dominated and disturbed systems act as models for understanding community dynamics, food webs, and forest diseases. Dr. Tripler has published several articles in the ecological arena and was a recipient of the Post-doctoral Minority Fellowship from the National Science Foundation while at the University of Louisville. He maintains collaborations with scientists at several institutions including the Institute of Ecosystem Studies (Millbrook, NY) and the University of Maryland Appalachian Labs (Frostburg, MD). He is also an active member within the Ecological Society of America, American Geophysical Union and other professional organizations. His future plans include expanding the research to include Endicott College students to pursue projects that will increase our understanding of forests locally and around the world.


At Endicott:

Currently, I am working on the revitalization of the greenhouse space for future classroom and research needs. I think the greenhouse is a valuable space for the students to become involved in our growing science and biology programs, and will pay tremendous dividends to the students educational experience at Endicott College. I am also active in bringing research to the Environmental Studies program that can take advantage of some of the excellent ecological opportunities that abound on the campus of Endicott College. Among these exciting opportunities include the Chestnut tree monitoring project, the Forest Education Trail, and the Thissell Marsh Study.

On the National level: I continue to be involved in research of urban forests in Louisville, Kentucky as a way of independently verifying the impacts of global climate change on trees. I am interested in formulating collaborations with researchers in the Philippines and Mexico to look at the changes in forests due to global climate change at a global level.