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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Tara Pisani Gareau

earth and environmental sciences

Tara Pisani Gareau

Associate Director of the Environmental Studies Program and Assistant Professor of the Practice

M.A., Ph.D. Environmental Studies, University of California- Santa Cruz (2004, 2008)
B.S. Crop and Soil Environmental Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1995)

Phone: 617-552-0843


Agroecology, Sustainable Food Systems, Conservation Biological Control, Pollination Services


EESC2202: ES: Ecosystems (Fall 2016)
EESC3310: Agroecology (Fall 2016)
ENVS4943: Environmental Seminar (Spring 2017)

Office Hours: Spring 2017

Devlin 203A

Tuesday 4:30-6:30pm 
or by appointment

Professional Experience

Lecturer in Earth and Environmental Sciences Department, Boston College (2012 – present)
Lecturer in Biology, Boston College (2010 – 2011)
Post-doctoral Researcher in Entomology, Penn State University (2009 – 2010)
Research/Teaching Assistant, Department of Environmental Studies, University of California- Santa Cruz (2001-2008)
On-Farm Education Coordinator, University of Idaho (2000 – 2001)
Peace Corps Volunteer, Hillside Farming Program, Honduras (1997 – 1999)
Intern, School for Field Studies, Atenas, Costa Rica (1995 – 1996)

Current Research Projects

The effects of tillage and cover crop rotations on the epigeal insect community
The impact of native plant hedgerows in California on biological control services

Selected Publications

Jabbour, R., Pisani Gareau, T., Smith, R. and Barbercheck, M., (forthcoming), Cover Crop Legacy Effects on Ground-dwelling Arthropods in Distinct Tillage Regimes during Organic Transition Period. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems.

Schipanski, M., Smith, R.G., Pisani Gareau, T., Jabbour R., Lewis, D., Barbercheck, M., Mortensen, D., Kaye, J., 2014, The Structure of Multivariate Relationships Influencing Crop Yields During the Transition to Organic Management. Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Environment, 189: 119-126.

Pisani Gareau, T. L., Letourneau, D. K., and Shennan, C., 2013, Relative Densities of Natural Enemy and Pest Insects within California Hedgerows. Environmental Entomology, 42(4): 688-702.

Smith, R. G., Pisani Gareau, T., Mortensen, D. A., and Barbercheck, M., 2011, Assessing and Visualizing Agricultural Management Practices: A Multivariable Hands-On Approach for Education and Extension. Weed Technology, 25: 680–687.

Pisani Gareau, T. and Shennan, C., 2010, Can Hedgerows Attract Beneficial Insects and Improve Pest Control? A Study of Hedgerows on Central Coast Farms. The Center of Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. University of California, Santa Cruz. Research Brief #13, Fall 2010.

Pisani Gareau, T., Smith, R. G., Barbercheck, M. and Mortensen, D. A., 2010, Spider Plots: A Tool for Participatory Extension Learning. Journal of Extension. 48 (5).

Shennan, C., Pisani Gareau, T., and Sirrine, J. R., 2004, Agroecological Interventions in the USA. In Pretty, J. (ed.) The Pesticide Detox: Solutions for Safe Agriculture. Earthscan, Publications Ltd, London.


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