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Dr. CHRISTINE E. THURING
I am an enthusiastic, highly organised professional with a portfolio of experiences that draw upon my passion for ecology, living architecture, and sustainability. With talents for communication, networking and project management, I am an adaptable teamplayer and a confident leader.EDUCATION
2016 PhD Landscape Ecology, The University of Sheffield, Department of Landscape. Supervisor: Dr. Nigel Dunnett Title: Ecological dynamics on old extensive green roofs: vegetation and substrates more than twenty years after installation.
2005 MSc Horticulture, The Pennsylvania State University, State College PA. Supervisors: Dr. David J. Beattie, Dr. Robert Berghage. Title: Green roof plant responses to different media and depths in drought
1999 BSc Environmental Resource Science & Biology, Trent University, Peterborough Ont.
1997-1998 Year abroad: Universität Hohenheim, Stuttgart (Germany).
- strong communication skills (presentation, written, negotiation)
- effective organizer and good time management
- positive team player, experienced with interdisciplinary teamwork
- independent, flexible and adaptable
- ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines, make decisions
- project design and management, statistics
- ability to prioritise and manage multiple on-going activities- taking on new challenges, exploring novel approaches
Early Career Researcher (PhD researcher), University of Sheffield (Oct. 2009 - July 2016)
Research: managed PhD research concurrent with duties to EU project ("Green Roof Systems")
- PhD title: „Ecological dynamics on old extensive green roofs: vegetation and substrates > twenty years after installation.”
- applied ecological methods to characterise the vegetation on some of the oldest extensive green roofs in Germany;
- Working group member: „Green Roof Systems“ EU Marie Curie Industry Academia Partnerships & Pathways:
- 12-month secondment (across three summer seasons) at the industry partner, ZinCo GmbH
- managed German roof for Work Package 1 (Plant screening trials);
- supported Work Package 2 (Substrates and amendments).
Publications (see Publications below)
Translation and intranet service, Plansee SE (Aug 2008 - Aug. 2009)
- translate policies, guidelines, basic agreements, etc. from German to English
- provide dynamic translation support to co-workers, cross-departmental
- update intranet, improve Visitor Registration system through consultation and design
Green Roof Safari (by request since 2008)
- plan, organize, manage and run 6-day study tour of green roofs in Germany and Switzerland
BCIT Centre for Architectural Ecology (May 2006 – June 2008)
- Marketing and Communications Strategist
- Collaborative researcher (experimental design of Elevated Rooftop Platform)
- Project Coordinator, World Urban Festival (May – June 2006)
vegetation surveys, Burns Bog Conservation Society (June – Sept.
- develop experimental design for long-term vegetation monitoring plots in the Delta Nature Reserve
- field work: establish transects and quadrats, identify plants and other incidental biota
- analyze data with student, co-author final report
- support Sales team with native plant substitutions, green roof plant requests
- develop native plant lists for biofiltration, green roofs, living walls, restoration projects
- contribute to NATS’ involvements: Invasive Plant Council B.C, Evergreen, BCLNA, etc.
- presentations > landscape architects, municipalities, conference panels (native plants, living architecture)
Independent green roof contractor, Austria (October 2005 – April 2006)
- site visits and planning for green roof division of Halbartschlager GmbH (Sierning)
- installation of extensive green roofs across Austria (until season end)
- write articles for Greenroofs.com, GRHC, Canadian Botanical Conservation Network
Organization Team Leader, 1st World Green Roof Congress, Basel (Aug – Sept 2005)
- Congress Proceedings: proof-read all articles, translate abstracts and keynotes
- coordinate 4-person student team in translating 200-page Green Roof Course Manual
- guide a two-day excursion, responsible for between 15 and 40 people
Green roof consultant, O-An Zendo, Julian Woods, PA (May – July 2005)
- green roof design: arrange structural assessment, order materials, supervise installation
Graduate Research Assistant (MSc), The Pennsylvania State University (Sept 2003 – May 2005)
- Dissertation title: Green roof plant responses to different media and depths in drought.
Intern, Green Roof Plants, Emory Knoll Farms, Street, MD. (June – July 2003)
- nursery work, including propagation and care, organize green roof species into groups
- roll vegetation mats for delivery to Boston World Trade Centre
Intern, Green roof division, Bienger GmbH, Schallstadt, Germany (Sept. – Dec. 2002)
- site inspections, research, writing, green roof installation, green roof maintenance
Species-at-Risk Technician, Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG), Hamilton, ON. (July – Dec. 2001)
- define plant communities in RBG nature reserves using Ecological Land Classification
- create database for rare plants of southern Ontario, RBG Seedbank Program
- identify endangered and rare plant species in the field
- determine status of Red Mulberry population (map trees, assess health, delineate habitat)
Chapter Coordinator, Sierra Club Eastern Canada Chapter, Toronto, ON. (Jan. – May 2001)
- recruit and train volunteers, run the office and administrative functions of the Chapter
- carry out fundraising program based on conservation campaigns and other goals
- support the research, development, and execution of Chapter conservation campaigns
Plant Ecologist, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR) (Oct. 2000, 2001)
- measure growth and survival of prairie species in planted plots (see OMNR, 1999)
- record frequency for sown– and for invasive species in seeded plots
- estimate percent cover for sown prairie species, and for invasive species
Land Resource Technician, Grand River Conservation Authority (May – Sept. 2000)
- develop a management plant for Laurel Creek Conservation Area, Waterloo, ON
- reconnaissance studies of faunal populations, wetland boundaries, invasive exotics
- create report with detailed maps (1:2,000) on the abiotic, biotic, cultural and planning aspects of area
Restoration Ecologist Assistant, OMNR (May – Sept. 1999)
- assist in design and implementation of a field trial comparing planting methods and cover crop type for the establishment of tallgrass prairie in gravel pits
- establish permanent plots, carry out full vegetation assessments in Wainfleet bog
Landscape Gardener, University Hohenheim Botanical Gardens, Stuttgart (April – July 1998)
Science Transfer and Landowner Contact, OMNR (June – Aug 1997)
- introduce landowners to stewardship benefits for Carroll Creek Project
- arrange Open House for researchers and landowners (mostly Old Order Mennonite)
- compile a compendium of the various research projects comprising the overall Project
o Thuring, CE & G Grant. The biodiversity of temperate extensive green roofs - a review of research and practice. TIEE special issue
o Thuring, CE & N Dunnett. (In process) Substrate or soil? Characterising the growing substrates of extensive green roofs decades after installation.
o Thuring, CE & N Dunnett. (In process) Nature as model: classifying mature extensive green roof vegetation with EIVs.
o Thuring, CE. & N Dunnett. 2014. Vegetation composition of old extensive green roofs (from 1980s Germany). Ecological Processes 3 (4).
o Thuring, CE, RD. Berghage & DJ. Beattie. April 2010. Green roof plant responses to different substrate types and depths under various drought conditions. HortTechnology 20(2): 395-401.
o Berghage, RD, DJ Beattie, AR Jarrett, CE Thuring, F Razaei, TP O’Connor. 2009. Green Roofs for Stormwater Runoff Control. US EPA Office of Research and Development, National Risk Management Research Laboratory.
o Brenneisen, S. und C. Thuring, 2008. Oekologischer Ausgleich auf dem Dach: Das Dach als Lebensraum. NATUR & Land (Naturschutzbund Oesterreich) 5(6): 16-19.
o Nagase, A. and C. Thuring, 2006. Plant responses to drought on extensive green roofs: the effects of temperature, substrate type and substrate depth. In: Proc. of 4th North American Green Roof Conference: Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities, Boston, MA. May 11-12, 2006. Toronto: The Cardinal Group.
o Thuring, C. Aug. 2007. Living roofs for the Pacific Northwest. Menziesia 12(2): 1-8. Native Plant Society of British Columbia. Vancouver, B.C.
o Thuring, C. Oct 2007. Wet roofs for enhanced green roof performance. Green Roof Infrastructure Monitor 9(2): 6-9. Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Toronto.
Academic Teaching (including course development and delivery):
2009-present The University of Sheffield, Department of Landscape
- LSC 210 Habitats and Communities (with Marian Tylecote) (2010)
- co-develop practical field course instructing students on vegetation sampling and description methods
- LSC 203 Ecological Design Project (with Mel Burton)
- studio tutorials; site visits (approx. 20 students)
- LSC 302/ 334 Ecological Design and Management (with Dr. Nigel Dunnett)
- deliver some lectures; teach; studio tutorials; site visits (approx. 15 students)
- LSC 314 Current issues in Ecological Design and Management (with Dr. Nigel Dunnett) (2011-2016)
- deliver some lectures; teach; studio tutorials; site visits (15 students)
- LSC 315/ 335 Restoration Ecology (with Dr. Ross Cameron) (2011-2016)
- deliver lecture on applied restoration; studio tutorials (15 students)
- LSC 6001/ 6112 MA1 Advanced Ecological Design (with Dr. Nigel Dunnett) (2011-2016)
- deliver some lectures; teach; studio tutorials; site visits (86 students)
- LSC 6116 Research Methods (with Helen Woolley)
- develop one lecture (data and analysis); studio tutorials to help MA students develop their dissertations2006-2008 The British Columbia Institute of Technology, Centre for Architectural Ecology
- ARCSI 8210 Green Roofs and Living Walls for Environmental Solutions
- teach; develop course material
- GROW 0001 Green Roofs: Concepts, Systems and Incentives
- teach; develop some lectures
- GROW 1000 Green Roofs: Details, Installation, and Maintenance
- teach; develop some lectures
- GROW 2000 Green Roofs: Planting in the Pacific Northwest
- teach; develop course material
- GROW 3000: Green Roofs and Living Walls for Environmental Solutions
- teach; develop course material, specifically content on living walls (interior and exterior)
2015 - Inspiration Nook, 3-minute video (with Mark Simmons), “Upping the Urban Green: How can we accelerate the role of ecology in our cities?” Greenroofs and Walls of the World Virtual Summit, Greenroofs.com.
2014 - Presenter, Extensive green roof substrates more than 20 years since installation: description and consideration of ecological processes. “Nature in the City” Naturparif congress, Paris (June 4-6, 2014).
2013 - Presenter, Vegetation composition of old extensive green roofs; Co-presenter, Upping the Urban Green: What is the actual and potential role of ecology in our cities? 1st World Congress of the Society for Urban Ecology, Berlin. (July 24-27, 2013).
2013 - Presenter, UN Decade on Biodiversity: opportunities for the green roof industry. Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Green Roof Gathering, Toronto (April 9, 2013).
2013 - Presenter, Vegetation and soil dynamics on extensive green roofs. UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) Brown Bag Lecture Series, Vancouver (March 27, 2013).
2012 - Presenter, Ecological dynamics of extensive green roofs over time. 3rd World Green Roof Congress, Copenhagen (Sept. 18-21, 2012)
.2011 - Moderator and panelist, Biodiversity and Greenroofs, Virtual Summit 2011: greenroofs and walls of the world.
2011 - Presenter, Green roof plant communities: syntaxonomy of old green roofs. 1st National Green Roof Student Conference, Sheffield. (May 16-17, 2011).
2010 - Presenter, Calcareous grassland as a model for diverse green roof vegetation: establishment and dynamics. 2nd World Green Roof Congress, London (Sept. 15-17, 2010).
2006-2008 - Lunch & Learn presenter (on behalf of NATS Nursery), Pacific Northwest natives for urban landscapes and green roofs; and Bridging the Gap: From Growers to Plant Specifiers. Various landscape architecture firms, Cascadia region.
2008 - Panelist, Future directions for green roof research. 6th Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities conference, Baltimore, MA (May 2008).
2007 - Guest Expert, Living architecture and ecological design. Light House Sustainable Building Centre, Vancouver (Nov. 3, 2007).
2007 - Featured speaker, Living roofs for the Pacific Northwest. Vancouver Natural History Society and Native Plant Society BC. (Sept. 27, 2007).
2007 - Panelist, Invasive species. BCSLA AGM, CE forum. Vancouver (April 12 2007).
2007 - Presenter (2 sessions), Designing biofiltration BMPs for stormwater quality improvement in Victoria, B.C. University of Wisconsin-Madison ‘Engineering Professional Development’. Victoria (May 7-9, 2007).
2006 - Co-presenter, with Ayako Nagase. Plant responses to drought on extensive green roofs: the effects of temperature, substrate type and substrate depth. 4th Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities conference: Boston (May 11, 2006).
- 2015-present Academic member of the Landscape Institute (UK)
- 2007-2014 Society for Ecological Restoration, Member
- 2013-present Society for Urban Ecology, Member
- 2012-present Coordinator of Sustainability Group at Sheffield Buddhist Centre
- 2004-present Greenroofs.com, Contributing Editor
- biannual newsletter, Christine’s Ramblings, exclusive reports
- 2004-2008 Committee member: Research and Growing Media Committees, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
- also Course Development team for GRP 401 Accreditation course (Plants and Growing Media Selection).
- 2010-2012 University of Sheffield Committees
- 2003-2005 Penn State Committees
- Graduate Student's Association
- HUB Advisory Board
- EU Marie Curie Industry-Academia Partnership Program - PhD funding (2009 - 2011)
- Katherine Mabis McKenna Fellowship, Academic Excellence (2003, 2004)
- 3rd place: PSU Graduate Research Exhibition, Poster Session (2004)
- Marty Wannamaker Award for Spirit and Involvement, Trent University (1999)
- available upon request