Publications and Presentations

PUBLISHED BOOKS (click on title for more information)

Niesenbaum, R.A. 2020. Sustainable Solutions: Problem solving for current and future generations. Oxford University Press. New York, NY.

Niesenbaum, R.A. and J.E.B Elliott. 2018.  In Exchange for Gold: The Legacy and Sustainability of Mining in Las Juntas de Abangares, Costa Rica, Common Ground Publishing.  Champaign, IL.


Niesenbaum, R.A.  2020. Artisanal Gold mining in Las juntas de Abangares, Costa Rica: Approaches and barriers to achieving sustainability objectives. Environmental Science & Policy 114:470-477.

Niesenbaum, R.A., 2019. The Integration of Conservation, Biodiversity, and Sustainability.  Sustainability 11(17)1-11

Niesenbaum, R.A.  2013.  Can latitudinal studies predict potential effects of global climate change on insect herbivore – host plant interactions?  Trends in Entomology 8:1-8.                       

Mooney, E.H. and R.A. Niesenbaum.  2012.Population-specific responses to light influence herbivory in the understory shrub Lindera benzoin.  Ecology 93(12): 2683-2692.

Ingersoll, C.M., R.A. Niesenbaum, C.E. Weigle and JH. Lehman.  2010.  Total Phenolics and Individual Phenolic Acids Vary with Light Environment in Lindera Benzoin.  Botany 88(11): 1007–1010.

Mooney, E.H., M.E. Edwards, and R.A. Niesenbaum.  2010. Genetic differentiation between sun and shade habitats in populations of Lindera benzoin L.  Population Ecology, 52:417-425.

Mooney, E.H., E.J. Tiedeken, N.Z. Muth, and R.A. Niesenbaum.  2009.  Differential induced response to generalist and specialist herbivores by Lindera benzoin L. (Lauraceae) in sun and shade.  Oikos, 118:1181-1189.

Muth, N.Z., E.C. Kluger, J.H. Levy, M.J. Edwards and R.A. Niesenbaum. 2008. Increased per capita herbivory in the shade: necessity, feedback, or luxury consumption? Ecoscience,15:182-188

Skoczylas, D., R.A. Niesenbaum, and N.Z. Muth. 2007. Top-down control of herbivory by insectivorous avifauna. Acta Oecologica, 32:337-342.

Edwards, M.E., and R.A. Niesenbaum. 2007. Eleven polymorphic microsattelite loci in Lindera benzoin, Lauraceae. Molecular Ecology Notes, 7:1302-1304.

Niesenbaum. R.A., J.F. Cahill, and C. Ingersoll. 2006. Light, Wind, and Touch Influence Leaf Chemistry, Growth, and Rates of Herbivory in Apocynum cannabinum (Apocynaceae). International Journal of Plant Sciences 167:511-521

Niesenbaum, R.A. and E.C. Kluger.  2006.  When Studying the Effects of Light on Herbivory, Should One Consider Temperature? The Case of Epimecis hortaria F. (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) Feeding on Lindera benzoin L. (Lauraceae). Environmental Entomology 35:600 – 606

Lewis, T.L. and R.A. Niesenbaum. 2005. Extending the Stay: Using Community-Based Research and Service-Learning to Enhance Short-Term Study Abroad. Journal of Studies in International Education, 9:251-264.

Niesenbaum, R.A., M.E. Salazar, and A.M. Diop.  2004. Community Forestry in the Mayan Biosphere Reserve in Guatemala.  The Journal of Sustainable Forestry 19:11-28

Niesenbaum, R.A. 2004. Creating an undergraduate culture of science by integrating inquiry, project-based learning and research into the curriculum.  In: Innovations in Undergraduate Research and Honors Education, National Collegiate Honors Council, State College, PA, pp. 36-41.

Bharucha, D.X., B. Morling, and R.A. Niesenbaum. 2002. Use and definition of herbal medicines differ by ethnicity. Annals of Pharmocotherapy 37:1409-1413

Niesenbaum, R.A. and T. Lewis.  2003. Ghettoization in Conservation Biology: How Interdisciplinary is our teaching?  Conservation Biology 17:6-10.

Niesenbaum, R.A. and B. Gorka.  2001.  Community-based international eco-educational programming:  Sound ecology and effective education.  Journal of Environmental Education.  33:12-16.     

Gorka, B. and R.A. Niesenbaum.  2001.  Beyond the language requirement: Interdisciplinary short term study abroad programs in Spanish.  Hispania.  84:100-109.

Niesenbaum, R.A. 1999.  The effects of pollen load size and donor diversity on pollen performance, selective abortion, and progeny vigor in Mirabilis jalapa.  American Journal of Botany. 86:261-268.

Niesenbaum, R.A., M.D. Patselis, and S.D. Wiener.  1999.  Does flower color change in Aster vimineus cue pollinators?  American Midland Naturalist.  141:59-68.

Niesenbaum, R.A. and S.K. Schueller.  1997.  The effects of pollen competitive environment on pollen performance in Mirabilis jalapaSexual Plant Reproduction (Springer-Verlag), 10: 101-106.

Niesenbaum, R.A.  1996.  Linking Herbivory and pollination: Defoliation and selective fruit abortion based on pollen tube numbers in Lindera benzoin.  Ecology, 77:2324-2331.

Niesenbaum, R.A. and B.B. Casper.   1994.  Pollen tube numbers and selective fruit maturation in Lindera benzoin.  The American Naturalist, 144:184-191.   

Niesenbaum, R.A.  1994.  Spatial and temporal variation in pollen tube numbers in Lindera benzoin (Lauraceae). Canadian Journal of Botany, 72:268-271

Casper, B.B. and R.A. Niesenbaum.  1993.  Pollen versus resource limitation of seed production: A reconsideration.  Current Science, 65:210-214

Niesenbaum, R.A.  1993.  Light or pollen: Seasonal limitations on fruit set in Lindera benzoin.  Journal of Ecology, 81:315-323

Niesenbaum, R.A.  1992.  Sex ratio, components of reproduction, and pollen deposition in Lindera benzoin. (Lauraceae).  American Journal of Botany, 79:495‑500.

Niesenbaum, R.A.  1992. The effects of light environment on herbivory and growth in the dioecious shrub Lindera benzoin (Lauraceae).  American Midland Naturalist,128:270‑275.

Petraitis, P.S., R.E. Latham, and R.A. Niesenbaum.  1989. The maintenance of species diversity by disturbance. Quarterly Review of Biology, 64:393‑418.

Niesenbaum, R.A.  1988.  The ecology of sporulation by the macroalga Ulva lactuca L. (Chlorophyceae).  Aquatic Botany, 32:155‑166.


Niesenbaum, R.A. 2020. Digital Tools to Enhance Integrative Learning and Global Perspectives in Sustainability Studies.  Association for Environmental Science and Studies.  Remote Conference.

Niesenbaum, R.A. 2020. In Exchange for Gold: The Legacy and Sustainability of Artisanal Gold Mining in Las Juntas de Abangares Costa Rica.  Sixteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability.  Santiago, Chile

Niesenbaum. R.A. and Chesterton, R. 2019. Linking Sustainability Studies and Innovation & Entrepreneurship Programs to Promote Integrative Learning in Sustainable Design, VentureWell OPEN, Washington D.C.

Niesenbaum, R.A. 2019. A Problem Solving Approach to Teaching Sustainability Studies. AASHE Annual Conference.  Spokane, WA.

Niesenbaum, R.A., Everett, K. and Procyk, K. 2019.  Developing Interdisciplinary Sustainability Programs at Small Liberal Arts Colleges.  AASHE Annual Conference.  Spokane, WA.

Taub, L. R.A Niesenbaum, and T. D’Haeselee.  2019. Countering Indifference: Domains and the Slow Fuse of Possibility.  Domains 2019: Back to the Future. Durham, NC.

Niesenbaum, R.A. 2018. Digital Tools to Enhance Integrative Learning and Global Perspectives in Sustainability Studies.  American Association for Sustainability in Higher Education.  Pittsburgh, PA