Dr. Rodgers joined Babson College in September 2007 and currently teaches courses in: Environmental Technology (SCN2410), Economic Botany (SCN3630), Case Studies in Ecological Management (NST2020), and Ecotourism, Biodiversity, and Conservation Policy in Costa Rica (CXD3662). Dr. Rodgers received her B.S. in Biology at the University of New Hampshire in 1999 and her Ph.D. in Forest Ecology and Biogeochemistry at Boston University in 2007. While at Boston University, she received a grant from the National Science Foundation to fund her doctoral research, which focused on the impacts of invasive plant species on soil nutrient cycling, microbial populations, and native plant communities in forests of New England. She has given a number of research presentations at national conferences and her work has been accepted for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals such as: BioScience, Journal of Ecology, Canadian Journal of Forest Research, and Oecologia. Dr. Rodgers also actively participates in a variety of outreach programs to encourage young woman and other under-represented groups to pursue careers in science.
Dr. Rodgers’ research interests are focused on understanding the numerous effects humans are having on various natural ecosystems. She is interested in all aspects of global environmental change, including the effects of climate change, land use change, nitrogen deposition, and the spread of invasive species. Currently she is working at the Boston Area Climate Experiment (BACE) in Waltham, MA. Here she is collaborating with other scientists to experimentally study how ecosystems shift under various climate change scenarios. Dr. Rodgers also performs pedalogical research to explore effective teaching strategies to engage non-STEM majors in environmental science.