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Vladimir Kricsfalusy PhD Associate Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability

Affiliate, Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage, St. Thomas More College

On sabbatical for the 2019-20 academic year

Research Area(s)

  • Conservation biology
  • Plant population ecology
  • Vegetation science
  • Education for sustainable development

Academic Credentials

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biology, Uzhhorod National University and the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
  • Master of Science in Biology (Distinction), Uzhhorod National University, Ukraine

Research Profile

The nature and scope of my academic programming (AP) appointment comprises teaching and professional practice in experiential education, and scholarly work in my disciplinary field of conservation biology. My primary teaching interests are in education for sustainable development, particularly project-based learning and service learning.

I am a botanist and plant ecologist with interests in taxonomy, population biology, vegetation science, and biodiversity conservation. My current research is multifaceted. I am involved in projects ranging from species at risk to invasive alien species and to endangered grassland communities which aims to apply ecological theory to solve practical problems of conservation and management.

Current Research

  • Interdisciplinary curriculum design in graduate programs in environmental sustainability
  • Effects of habitat fragmentation on populations of sensitive plant species: implications for ecology and monitoring
  • Biodiversity, restoration, and management of threatened grassland communities
  • Patterns of invasive plant distribution at multiple spatial scales: implications for management and monitoring

News and Media

Saving the Swale (print version) 

Selected Publications


Malynovski, K. and Kricsfalusy, V.  2002.  Plant communities of the Ukrainian Carpathian highlands. Carpathian Tower Publishing, Uzhgorod, Ukraine. 244 pp. [In Ukrainian with English contents and summary].

Kricsfalusy, V., Ivaneha, I., Lugovoj, A. et al.  2001.  Uzhansky National Nature Park. Povch Press, Uzhgorod, Ukraine. 120 pp. [In Ukrainian with English contents and summary].

Kricsfalusy V., Budnikov G., and Mihaly A.  1999.  Red List of Transcarpathia: threatened plant species and plant communities. Zakarpattya Publishing, Uzhgorod, Ukraine. 196 pp. [In Ukrainian and English].

Kricsfalusy V. and Mező-Kricsfalusy G.  1994.  Population biology of plants. Uzhgorod University Press, Uzhgorod, Ukraine. 80 pp. [In Ukrainian with English contents and summary].

Kricsfalusy V. and Komendar V.  1990.  Biology and ecology of rare species: a case study of ephemeroid plants in the Carpathians. Svit Press at Lvov University, Lvov, Ukraine. 160 pp. [In Russian with English summary and contents].


Journal articles and other papers

Kricsfalusy, V., Gorge, C., and Reed, M.G.  2018.  Integrating problem- and project-based learning opportunities: assessing outcomes of a field course in environment and sustainability. Environmental Education Research, 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2016.1269874 (Published online: 21 Dec 2016).

Kricsfalusy, V., Zecevic, A., Assanand, S., Bigelow, A., and Gaudet, M.  2016.  The frontiers of service-learning at Canadian universities. Engaged Scholar Journal: Community-Engaged Research, Teaching and Learning, 2(2), 87-102. https://doi.org/10.15402/esj.v2i2.173

Kricsfalusy V. 2016. Variations in the life cycle of Anemone patens L. (Ranunculaceae) in wild populations of Canada. Plants, 5(3): 29. https://doi.org/10.3390/plants5030029

Esparrago J. and Kricsfalusy V. 2015. Traditional grassland management and surrounding land use drive the abundance of a prairie plant species in an urban landscape. Landscape and Urban Planning, 142. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2015.04.006

Kricsfalusy, V. and Trevisian, N. 2014. Prioritizing regionally rare plant species for conservation using herbarium data. Biodiversity and Conservation, 23 (1): 39-61.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10531-013-0583-4

Courses Taught

Current Courses

  • ENVS 992 - Project in Environment and Sustainability
  • ENVS 806 - Field Skills in Environment and Sustainability
  • ENVS 822 - Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainability

 Other Courses

  • ENVS 801 - Ecosystem Science and Sustainability
  • ENVS 401 - Sustainability in Action
  • BIOL 410 - Current Perspectives in Environmental Biology