Rebecca Vidra

Senior Lecturer at Nicholas School of the Environment


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Nicholas School of the Environment

Dr. Rebecca Vidra is on the faculty of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. She is trained as a restoration ecologist, receiving her PhD in Forestry from North Carolina State University and her MS in Ecology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her background and interests in environmental communications led her to Duke in 2004 as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow where she taught environmental writing seminars in the Thompson Writing Program. She currently works with Duke faculty on the art of teaching of academic and professional writing. Rebecca also teaches courses in Environmental Program Management, Restoration Ecology, and Environmental Ethics for undergraduate, graduate, and DEL students. Her current research focuses on examining ethical issues in restoration and she is actively involved in the Society for Ecological Restoration.


  • Vidra, Rebecca L. “Finding Neutral Buoyancy: An Intersection of Ecology and Feminism through Innovative Pedagogy.” Wsq: Women’S Studies Quarterly 45, no. 1–2 (2017): 319–23.
  • Vidra, R. L. “Cultivating hope through contemplative methods.” Journal of Sustainability Education 10 (November 30, 2015).
  • Vidra, R. L. “Restoration through food and fellowship at Waipa, Kaua'i.” Ecological Restoration 32, no. 4 (December 1, 2014): 345–46.
  • Vidra, Rebecca. “Intelligent Tinkering: Bridging the Gap between Science and Practice.” Restoration Ecology 21, no. 5 (September 2013): 656–57.
  • Vidra, R. L., and T. H. Shear. “Thinking locally for urban forest restoration: A simple method links exotic species invasion to local landscape structure.” Restoration Ecology 16, no. 2 (June 1, 2008): 217–20.
  • Vidra, R. L., T. H. Shear, and J. M. Stucky. “Effects of vegetation removal on native understory recovery in an exotic-rich urban forest.” Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 134, no. 3 (July 1, 2007): 410–19.[410:EOVRON]2.0.CO;2.
  • Vidra, R. L., T. H. Shear, and T. R. Wentworth. “Testing the paradigms of exotic species invasion in urban riparian forests.” Natural Areas Journal 26, no. 4 (October 1, 2006): 339–50.[339:TTPOES]2.0.CO;2.
  • Vidra, R. L. “Studying the ethics of ecological restoration: An introduction.” Ecological Restoration 24, no. 2 (January 1, 2006): 100–101.
  • Dickinson, W., J. Ferreyra, K. L. Imbesi, S. Joshi, C. Kingsolver, E. Klein, N. Lessios, et al. “The ethical challenges faced by ecological restorationists.” Ecological Restoration 24, no. 2 (January 1, 2006): 102–4.
  • Carpenter, A., E. Finley, Y. Gao, C. Lin, A. Nuding, P. Shaheen, L. Stewart, et al. “Developing a code of ethics for restorationists.” Ecological Restoration 24, no. 2 (January 1, 2006): 105–8.
  • Vidra, R. L. “What are your ethical challenges?.” Ecological Restoration 21, no. 2 (January 1, 2003): 120–21.
  • Vidra, Rebecca L., Deborah R. Gallagher, and Victoria Wilson. “Acknowledging the challenges of pedagogical innovation: the case of integrating research, teaching, and the practice of environmental leadership.” Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, n.d.

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