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Spring 2019: A Voyage of Discovery
Certified Ecologist

Susan Sherrod

BioHabitats, Inc.

Dr. Susan Sherrod is an instructor at the University of Colorado-Denver where she teaches Ecology for Landscape Architects in their Masters of Landscape Architecture program. She has also taught Landscape Ecology, Environmental Management, Ecosystem Ecology, and Advanced Ecology for CU-Denver, CU-Boulder, and the University of Denver since 2002.

Additionally, Dr. Sherrod is an Ecologist at Biohabitats (, where she works on projects that focus on restoration and conservation. Her work includes the design, creation, and restoration of riverine, riparian forest, wetland, and upland plant communities; conservation of species and unique habitats; concept development for restoration opportunities; and management planning for private property, public parks, and open space. She has professional certifications as an Ecologist and an Ecological Restoration Practitioner, and volunteers for the Society for Ecological Restoration ( as Outreach Chair of the Central Rockies Chapter, Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (, and the Institute for Environmental Solutions (

Dr. Sherrod holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Colorado State University and a Ph.D. in Environmental Biology from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Her published research addresses the controls of burrowing animals on soil attributes and plant communities of the alpine tundra (funded by the NSF), biogeochemical controls of invasive species in Canyonlands National Park (funded by the DOD), and methodologies for measuring soil nutrients.

Dr. Sherrod traveled with Semester at Sea on the Spring 1990 Voyage, which started in Nassau, Bahamas, and traveled eastward, ultimately to Seattle. She lives in Golden, Colorado, with her husband, two children, and two dogs. In her not-so-abundant free time she plays classical piano and – surprise – likes to travel.