William A. Niering


B.S., Biology, 1943, Pennsylvania State College
B.A., Education, 1948, Pennsylvania State College (Education)
M.S., Botany, 1950, Pennsylvania State College
Ph.D. Botany, (Plant ecology), 1952, Rutgers University

Thesis titles

M.S., "The flora of Monroe & Pike Counties, Pennsylvania"
Ph.D., "The past & present vegetation of High Point State Park, New Jersey"


1952 to 1999 Connecticut College, Department of Botany.
1964 to 1999 Professor of Botany.
1988 to 1999 Research Director, Connecticut College Arboretum.
1993 to 1999 Editor, Restoration Ecology.
1994 to 1999 Lucretia L. Allyn Professor of Botany.
1998 to 1999 Director of the Center for Conservation Biology & Environmental Studies.
1975 to 1994 Katharine Blunt Professor of Botany.
1965 to 1988 Director, Connecticut College Arboretum.

Professional Experience

1985- Consultant, New York City Parks System, Natural Resources Group, Department of Health Services Scientific Advisory Panel member.
Member, Connecticut Open Marsh Water Management, Site Plan Review Team.
1977-1981 Member, Natural Area Preserves Advisory Committee, State of Connecticut.
1976- Consultant, Environmental Law Institute
1976-1978 Member, North Atlantic Regional Advisory Committee to the National Park Service.
Member, National Wetlands Technical Council, Conservation Foundation.
1975 Southeastern Australia and New Zealand vegetation research with R. H. Whittaker.
1973-1974 Member, National Academy of Sciences Committee on Problems of Pest Control -- Forest Study Team.
1970-1972 Editor, Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America.
1970-1972 Secretary, Ecological Society of America.
1969-1971 Member, National Academy of Sciences Committee on Toxicology.
1968-1969 Panel member, Environmental Biology, National Science Foundation.
1967-1968 Associate Director, Environmental Biology Program, National Science Foundation.
1962-1965 Southwest desert mountain research with R. H. Whittaker. National Science Foundation grant.
1958 Conservation Consultant, Regional Plan Association, New York.
1954- Land ecologist, Kapingamarangi Atoll, Caroline Islands. Sponsored by the National Research Council, National Academy of Science, and supported by the Office of Naval Research.

Professional Societies

Ecological Society of America
Botanical Society of America
Sigma Xi
Connecticut Botanical Society
American Institute of Biological Sciences
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Association of State Wetland Managers
Connecticut Forest & Park Association
Society for Ecological Restoration
Society of Wetland Scientists
The Xerces Society
The Explorer's Club


1962-1965 National Science Foundation
1973 Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (with R. Scott Warren)
1980-1982 Department of the Interior (with Thomas Siccama)
1985-1987 Dow Chemical Company (with Glenn Dreyer)
1988-1990 Environmental Protection Agency


1998 Governor's Environmental Award, State of Connecticut
1998 John Rieger Award, Society for Ecological Restoration
1997 Golden Trowel Award, Society for Ecological Restoration
1996 Margaret Douglas Medal, Garden Club of America
1995 Olmstead Award, Connecticut Chapter, American Society of Landscape Architects
1991 Environmental Education Regional Award
1989 Connecticut Environmental Award, Connecticut Fund for the Environment
1989 Connecticut Sea Grant College Program Award in Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to Public Awareness of Connecticut's Coastal and Marine Environments
1988 The Connecticut Association of Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commissions Award
1988 The New England Wildflower Society, State of Connecticut Award
1988 White Memorial Conservation Award
1988 State of Connecticut, Department of Environmental Protection, Certificate in Recognition of Achievements in Marine Environmental Education
1988 The Nature Conservancy Certificate of Special Recognition
1980 Honorary Park Ranger Award, National Park Service
1978 The Federate Garden Clubs of Connecticut Award
1967 Mercer Award (with R. H. Whittaker), Ecological Society of America


Who's Who in the East
American Men of Science (replaced by American Men & Women of Science)
Men of Achievement
Personalities of the Americas
Who's Who in Science & Engineering
Who's Who Environmental Registry (1992)
Who's Who in American Education