Tara Trammell


  • Postdoc – Biology – University of Utah, 2012-2014
  • Ph.D. – Biology – University of Louisville, 2010
    Dissertation:  The Forgotten Forest:  Ecosystem Structure, Function and Services of Forested Verges along Interstates in Louisville, KY
  • M.S. – Biology – University of Louisville, 2001
    Thesis:  Prescribed Fire Effects on Soil Biogeochemical Responses along Glade-Forest Ecotonal Boundaries
  • B.A. – Berea College, 1996, Mathematics

Current Courses


In the Trammell lab, we are studying how biophysical and sociological factors affect urban ecosystem structure and function. Specifically, we are investigating how urban forests respond to threats such as pollution and invasive species, and in-turn how urban forests provide ecosystem services to urban residents. Additionally, we are studying ecosystem function in residential lawns where the majority of urban residents interact with their environment. We use a variety of field, lab, and modeling techniques to understand carbon and nitrogen cycling in urban ecosystems.


Trammell, T.L.E. and M.M. Carreiro. 2012. Legacy effects of highway construction disturbance and vegetation management on carbon dynamics in forested urban verges. In: Lal, R (ed.) Carbon Sequestration in Urban Ecosystems. Springer, New York, NY

Trammell, T.L.E., Ralston, H.A., Scroggins, S.A., and M.M. Carreiro. 2012. Foliar production and decomposition rates in urban forests invaded by the exotic invasive shrub, Lonicera maackii. Biological Invasions 14:529-545

Trammell, T.L.E. and M.M. Carreiro. 2011. Vegetation composition and structure of woody plant communities along urban interstate corridors in Louisville, KY, U.S.A. Urban Ecosystems 14:501-524

Trammell, T.L.E., Schneid, B.P., and M.M. Carreiro. 2011. Forest soils adjacent to urban interstates: Soil physical and chemical properties, heavy metals, disturbance legacies, and relationships with woody vegetation. Urban Ecosystems 14:525-552


Contact Information
Tara Trammell

John Bartram Assistant Professor of Urban Forestry

Plant and Soil Sciences
152 Townsend Hall

Newark, DE 19716
Phone: (302) 831-1387

Email: ttram@udel.edu