Andrew L’Roe

There are two things that interest me: the relation of people to each other, and the relation of people to land.”  -Aldo Leopold, Wherefore Wildlife Ecology? 

My Research InterestsAndrewLRoe

I am fascinated by the ways in which conservation efforts and outcomes are dependent on ecology, history, policy and social relationships.I study the use of science and monitoring in the conservation of privately-owned forests in Wisconsin and the effectiveness of tools like tax policies, working forest conservation easements, and forest certification.

Education (CV)

Prior to my enrollment at UW-Madison, I attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where I worked with my adviser Dr. Shorna Broussard Allred in the Department of Natural Resources. My Master’s thesis, “Studying the causes, consequences, and responses to property parcelization in the Hudson River Valley of eastern New York”, involved quantitative analyses of land-transfer records as well as qualitative interviews with forest owners and consulting foresters.

In December 2006 I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My honors thesis, “Terrestrial movements and habitat use of juvenile and emigrating adult eastern red-spotted newts, Notophthalmus viridescens”, was based on research I did at Mountain Lake Biological Station Virginia with Dr. Kristine Grayson (Dattelbaum). During my time at UNC I also spent a semester studying environmental science and history of New Zealand at the University of Otago, Dunedin, as well as a semester at the Highlands Biological Station in Highlands, North Carolina where I worked with the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust. I’m extremely grateful for the inspiring opportunity to do summer research while backpacking in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California with the Carolina Environmental Program.

Work and Research Experience

Before coming to Madison, I spent several months working with my wife, Jessica L’Roe, doing research in Kibale Forest National Park, western Uganda. We set up a program to surveyed landowners and monitor along transects extending from the park edge to detremine the spatial and temporal variability of crop raiding by wildlife and look at long term changes in land ownership and cultivation patterns.

In 2008 and 2009 I worked as a Stewardship Intern with The Nature Conservancy in Asheville, North Carolina, through the AmeriCorps Project Conserve Program. During that time I monitored the preserves and conservation easements of the TNC Mountains Office, organized workdays and coordinated office and field volunteer programs, managed and improved database to track stewardship information of TNC properties, and designed and produced invasive species management plans for twelve preserves.

From 2007 to the summer of 2008 I worked as a Regional Conservation Area Planning Intern, with the Peruvian staff of Programa de Conservación, Gestión y Uso Sostenible de la Diversidad Biológica de la Región Loreto (PROCREL) in Iquitos, Peru, to support the creation of regional conservation areas in the Amazon basin. I participated in workdays and education programs with rural villagers to promote sustainable use of forest resources, co-designed a socio-economic survey that included individual and group interviews as well as resource mapping in communities, assisted with coordination of volunteer field program for students from Iquitos University, and taught English classes to university students and developed my own Spanish language skills.

During the Summer of 2007 I worked as a Research Assistant in Olympic National Park, Washington, through a program sponsored by the Student Conservation Association (SCA). I constructed and monitored traps for small carnivores and recovered samples of DNA and mRNA for population and nutrient cycling analysis as part of a joint research project with the USGS and National Park Service to determine ecosystem effects of dam removal along the Elwha River.

Personal Interests

My personal interests include many types of outdoor recreation, including running, biking, paddling, cross-country skiing, and as much gardening and fishing as I can squeeze in. I also do weekly English tutoring, because there were many people who patiently worked with me during my foreign experiences and I feel that it’s a concrete way that I can repay their gifts. I also enjoy cooking, especially experimenting with different cultures to make cheese, butter, and sourdough bread.


  • NSF Novel Ecosystem IGERT Fellow,  2014-2016
  • NSF-Graduate Research Fellowship, 2011-2014
  • Doris Duke Conservation Fellow, 2010-2011
  • UNC Honors Program and Dean’s List: 2002-2006
  • Ella Ann and Frank Holding Environmental Scholar for Environmental Service: Fall 2004
  • National Merit Scholar: 2002 – 2006
  • Eagle Scout with Palms, Boy Scouts of America: 2001


  • L’Roe, A.W. and S.B. Allred. 2012. L’Roe, Andrew W., and Shorna Broussard Allred. “Thriving or Surviving? Forester Responses to Private Forestland Parcelization in New York State.” Small-Scale Forestry: 1-24. DOI: 10.1007/s11842-012-9216-0
  •  Roe, A.W. and K.L. Grayson. 2009. Repeated exposure to fluorescent powder does not affect survival or mass in eastern red-spotted newts, Notophthalmus viridescens. Applied Herpetology 6(3): 295-299.
  • Roe, A.W. and K.L. Grayson. 2008. Terrestrial movements and habitat use of eastern red-spotted newts, Notophthalmus viridescens. Journal of Herpetology 42(1): 22-30


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