John Munro joined the Temple University Department of Landscape Architecture and
Horticulture in August 2010 as a full time instructor in the new Master’s Degree program, Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture with a concentration in Ecological Restoration. He has taught for the prior three years as an adjunct instructor with the Department. His undergraduate work was in Biology at Eastern University.
He has specialized in Ecological Restoration work for the last 20 years and has worked on projects that have included, restoration of forests, shrublands, grasslands, saltmarsh, freshwater wetlands, swamp forest, and bogs. He has acquired particular skills in design of stream, river and slope restoration projects using eco-structural design methods. He is one of only a few persons worldwide who has worked extensively in large scale vegetation salvage work including the invention of highly specialized equipment for that purpose.
John has worked in ecological consulting for over 30 years as an applied ecologist working in terrestrial, wetland and waterways projects across Eastern North America. His professional experience includes extensive work in wetland delineation, wetland mitigation design, and oversight of installations of major design projects. He has documented, mapped, and written about vegetation and land cover for a large number of projects from one acre size to statewide projects. His clients have included small private, corporate, to township, county, state and federal governments.
He has long been known for his ecological expertise and willingness to develop creative designs, new tools and equipment, and for his willingness to share his knowledge of the intricacies and complexity of ecological restoration.
Ecological Society of America: Ecologist, 1983, Senior Ecologist, 1988 to present
Society of Wetland Scientists: Professional Wetland Scientist, 1994 to present
HORT 3514 Landscape Restoration
LAN ARC 2870 / 8789 Landscape Restoration Workshop
LAN ARC 1013 Natural & Built Environments
HORT 8261 Native Woody Plant Identification
LAN ARC 8751 Northeast Woodland Ecosystems
LAN ARC 8752 Wetland Ecology
HORT 8789 Landscape Restoration
LAN ARC 9883 Directed Readings / Study (fall 2011)
LAN ARC 8755 Native Plant Communities (fall 2011)
LAN ARC 8753 Invasive Species Management (fall 2011)
LAN ARC 8151 Woodland Design Studio (assistance)
Has provided guest lectures and field trips to restoration sites for over ten years to various universities including:
University of Pennsylvania
Montgomery County Community College
Adjunct instructor (Environmental Regulation & Policy, BIO 420) at Eastern University
Has provided three to five-day professional training seminars in ecological restoration topics, across the country since 1994 for Rutgers University, Humboldt Institute, SER New Academy, SER International annual conferences, PA DEP, Parks Canada, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Fairmount Park system, and US DOE.
Pro Bono Activity
Directs yearly Earth Day planting and streambank restoration work at Pennsburg Nature Preserve for Pennsburg Borough
Has assembled and developed the lab room for the Master’s Program for use in design, physical modeling and structural analysis of ecological restoration designs.
Ongoing Writing and Research
Topic material under development:
Recommendations for botanical name re-naming process revisions
Eco-structural design manual
Plant community texts
Provides reviews of submitted articles and books on request for Ecological Restoration, University of Wisconsin Press, Restoration Ecology, Society for Ecological Restoration International, Blackwell. and The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) publications 1999-present.