Irene Rossell

Chair and Professor of Environmental Studies

Contact Information

  • 828-232-5185
  • 154 Rhoades/Robinson Hall

Office Hours

  • Monday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Wednesday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Note:

Dr. Rossell teaches plant ecology and plant identification courses. Her research interests include wetland ecology, plant ecology, and plant-animal interactions. She also directs a science enrichment program for middle and high school students in Buncombe County.


  • B.A.  Wellesley College
  • M.S.  West Virginia University
  • Ph.D.  State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Courses Taught

  • ENVR 330  Seminar
  • ENVR 346  Plant Ecology
  • ENVR 373  Hiking Through History
  • ENVR 373  Wildcrafting
  • ENVR 374  Plant-Animal Interactions
  • ENVR 374  Herbaceous Plants of Winter and Spring
  • ENVR 396  Woody Plants in Winter
  • ENVR 490  Internship
  • ENVR 499  Undergraduate Research

Professional Interests

  • Plant ecology
  • Plant-animal interactions
  • Interactions of humans and nature

Recent Publications [student authors underlined]

  • Rossell, I.M.T.T. Clabby, and P. Menzies.  [2017].  "Habitat and abundance of two wintergreen orchids [Aplectrum hyemale and Tipularia discolor] in western North Carolina."  JOURNAL OF THE TORREY BOTANICAL SOCIETY 144:417-422.
  • Rossell, I.M. and H. Eggleston.  [2017].  "Elevational distribution of temperate lianas along trails in Pisgah National Forest."  SOUTHEASTERN NATURALIST 16:443-450.
  • Menzies, P.F. and I.M. Rossell.  [2017].  "Potential herbivory on the wintergreen orchids Aplectrum hyemale and Tipularia discolor by the spur-throated grasshopper Melanoplus acrophilus."  SOUTHEASTERN NATURALIST 16:N36-N39.
  • Rossell, C.R. Jr., S. Hatcher Roach, I.M. Rossell, & C. McGrath.  [2009].  "Attributes of rock outcrops selected by Allegheny and Eastern woodrats in the zone of contact in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina."  AMERICAN MIDLAND NATURALIST  162:200-206.
  • Rossell, I.M., K.K. Moorhead, H. Alvarado, & R.J. Warren, II.  [2009].  "Succession of a southern Appalachian mountain wetland six years following hydrologic and microtopographic restoration."  RESTORATION ECOLOGY 17:205-214.