Heather Bowman Cutway



  • B.S., Environmental Science, Slippery Rock University
  • Ph.D., Ecology and Evolution, Rutgers University

Courses Taught

  • Introductory Biology (BIO 211)
  • Introduction to Environmental Science (ENB 150)
  • Plant Biology (BIO 302)
  • Principles of Ecology (BIO 370)
  • Urban Ecosystems (BIO 381)
  • University 101 (UNV 101)


Plant Ecology, Invasive Species, Plant Dispersal, Urban Ecology, Restoration

Research Interest

My main areas of research interests are in urban ecology, plant population ecology, and invasive species biology. Specifically, I focus on the ecology of urban areas and plant population movement within urbanized regions. I am concerned with how residential, commercial, and industrial urban development affects the persistence and movement of exotic and native plant populations in natural areas. My Ph.D. dissertation was a study of the invasion of forested wetlands by exotic species in an urbanized watershed and the impact of urban development on seed dispersal. At Mercer, I am beginning a long term restoration project at the Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon to explore the changes in plant species diversity and movement before and after removal of invasive species like privet and Japanese honeysuckle.