Dr. Greg Bruland joined the Biology and Natural Resource Department at Principia College in Fall 2012. He is excited to have returned to his alma mater and to be working with the students, staff, and faculty at Principia College. Prior to returning to Principia he worked for six and half years an Assistant and Associate Professor in the Natural Resource and Environmental Management (NREM) Department at the University of Hawaii Manoa (UHM). He received tenure at UHM in 2011. He has also worked as a post-doctoral researcher in the Soil and Water Science Department at the University of Florida. Bruland received his Ph.D. in Environmental Science with a focus on wetland ecology and biogeochemistry from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University in 2004.
Dr. Bruland’s teaching and research interests are broad, collaborative, and encompass multiple spatial scales from the micro (i.e., soil core), to the plot, to the macro (i.e., watershed/landscape) levels. They span a range of related topics including soil and water conservation, watershed management, soil science, freshwater ecology, wetland ecology and biogeochemistry, and coastal ecology. Dr. Bruland has taught a variety of courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level including Natural Resource Management, Soil and Water Conservation, Coastal and Wetland Ecology, and Freshwater Ecology. In addition, he has served or is serving as the primary advisor for 2 post-doctoral researchers, 1 Ph.D. student, and 9 M.S. students. He has also advised numerous undergraduate students and served as the NREM Department Undergraduate Advisor and Committee Chair.
Dr. Bruland has also served as a Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI on 16 different grants from a variety of federal funding sources such as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the U.S Forest Service (USFS). These grants have been funded for a combined total of more than $2 million dollars. He has published more than 30 peer-reviewed scientific research papers in top journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, Soil Biology & Biochemistry, Geoderma, Soil Science Society of America Journal, Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry, Journal of Environmental Quality, among others. He has also been the author or coauthor on more than 100 scientific presentations at regional, national, and international meetings. In recognition of his expertise in the areas of wetland ecology and soil science he has served or is serving as an Associate Editor for the journals Wetlands and Soil Science Society of America Journal. He has also served as a member of the Army Corps of Engineers Regional Wetland Delineation Manual Advisory Committee in Hawaii, on the Steering Committee for the Hawaii Pacific Coast Joint Venture group, and on the Alachua County (FL) Soil and Water Conservation District board.