Mike Ross is an assistant professor in the University of Tennessee Department of Plant Sciences’ Sustainable Landscape Design concentration and in the School of Landscape Architecture. Originally trained as an organismal biologist and evolutionary ecologist Mike translates ecological systems and relationships into design and management strategies, particularly in management applications of time and systems interaction as design. Prior to his studies in landscape architecture Mike served as an environmental systems teacher and school administrator for a largely underserved student population. This experience continues to shape his approach to design, equity, and inclusion. With over 15 years’ experience in design, restoration ecology, consultancy, and landscape management Mike’s research focuses on the intersection of ecology and urbanism with emphasis on ecological justice, ecosystem services, green infrastructure, and biodiversity in design at a variety of scales.
In his research, Mike Ross questions the role floating treatment wetlands can play in biodiversity enhancement, ecosystem services, and ecological function in urban and post-industrial waterways.
Teaching Focus: Engaging students in experiential and service learning, peer to peer learning and mentoring, multi and trans-disciplinary collaboration focused on sustainable landscape design, landscape architecture, and urban ecology.