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About Jack F. Ahern

Jack Ahern is a professor of landscape architecture and urban planning at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  His research and teaching focuses on the application of urban landscape ecology theory in cities to provide ecosystem services and build resilience capacity. His recent publications advance theory on applied urban ecology, supported by case studies and precedents from professional practices in the US, Europe and Asia. He is currently focusing on new theories of “novel urban ecosystems” to better understand how “new nature” in contemporary cities can be understood, classified, designed and managed for beauty and ecological functions. Jack consults on native plant community establishment and management for leading design firms – integrating his horticultural, design and ecological knowledge in the cause of making memorable landscapes.  


Present Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Present Vice Provost and Director of International Programs, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • 2011 Elected as Fellow of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA)
  • 2005 Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), “Places Research Award”, also Boston Society of Landscape Architects Merit Award for Research, for “People and Places on the Outer Cape: A Landscape Character Study” (With: Ethan Carr, Elisabeth Hamin, David Glassberg and LARP Graduate Students)
  • 2004 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Landscape Ecology, Lusiada University, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 2002 Honor Award for Research, American Society of Landscape Architects, Professional Awards
  • 2000 Merit Award, Communications Category, American Society of Landscape Architects
  • 2000 Honor Award. Boston Society of Landscape Architects

Contact Information

International Programs Office
467 Hills South
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, Massachusetts 01003
Tel: 413-545-2710


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