Michael Gross, Ph.D.

Phone: 732-987-2373
Office Location:
A&S 112
Office Hours:
Academic Program Development

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D. Marine Studies, University of Delaware, 1987
  • ITT International Fellow, Universite de Rennes I, France, 1982- 1983
  • B.S. Biology (Second Major: Accounting), Lebanon Valley College of Pennsylvania , 1982


  • Plantard, O, S. Valette, M.F. Gross.  2007.  The root-knot nematode producing galls on Spartina alterniflora belongs to the genus Meloidogyne:  Rejection of Hypsoperine and Spartonema spp.  Journal of Nematology 39(2):127-132.
  • Stockton, M.B., M.F. Gross, A.T. Wendolowski, M. Smith, D.G. Unkow, K.D. Hopson (eds).  2005.  S. Mary Grace Burns Arboretum at Georgian Court College: A history and a guide (4th ed.).  36p.
  • Gross, M.F.  2001.  Portrait of the New Jersey Pinelands.  Wildflower  17(3): 21-25.
  • Schneider, C.E. 1997. Common pinelands plants of Lake Carasaljo Park, Lakewood, New Jersey: An illustrated guide. Ed. by M.F. Gross. Georgian Court College, Lakewood, New Jersey. 25 p.  (Student research project, made possible by a grant from the Trust for Public Land's Barnegat Bay Environmental Grant Fund.)
  • Gross, M.F., M.A. Hardisky, P.L. Wolf and V. Klemas. 1993. Relationships among Typha biomass, pore water methane, and reflectance in a Delaware (USA) brackish marsh. Journal of Coastal Research 9:339-355.
  • Gross, M.F., M.A. Hardisky, P.L. Wolf, and V. Klemas. 1991. Relationship between aboveground and belowground biomass of Spartina alterniflora (smooth cordgrass). Estuaries 14:180- 191.
  • Gross, M.F., M.A. Hardisky, and V. Klemas.  1990.   Inter-annual spatial variability in the response of Spartina alterniflora biomass to amount of precipitation.  Journal of Coastal Research 6:949-960.
  • Gross, M.F., M.A. Hardisky, J.A. Doolittle, and V. Klemas.   1990.  Relationships among depth to frozen soil, soil wetness, and vegetation type and biomass in tundra near Bethel, Alaska, U.S.A.  Arctic and Alpine Research 22:275-282.
  • Doolittle, J.A., M.A. Hardisky, M.F. Gross, and V. Klemas.   1990.  A ground-penetrating radar study of active layer thicknesses in areas of moist sedge and wet sedge tundra near Bethel, Alaska, U.S.A.  Arctic and Alpine Research 22:175-182.
  • Gross, M.F., M.A. Hardisky, and V. Klemas.  1988.   Effects of solar angle on reflectance from wetland vegetation.  Remote Sensing of Environment 26:195-212.
  • Bartlett, D.S., M.A. Hardisky, R.W. Johnson, M.F. Gross, V. Klemas, and J.M. Hartman.  1988.  Continental-scale variability in vegetation reflectance and its relationship to canopy morphology.  International Journal of Remote Sensing 9(7):1223-1241.
  • Gross, M.F., V. Klemas, and J.E. Levasseur.  1988.   Remote sensing of biomass of salt marsh vegetation in France.  International Journal of Remote Sensing 9(3):397-408. 
  • Gross, M.F., M.A. Hardisky, V. Klemas, and P.L. Wolf.   1987.  Quantification of biomass of the marsh grass Spartina alterniflora Loisel. using Landsat Thematic Mapper imagery.  Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 53(11):1577-1583.
  • Hardisky, M.A., M.F. Gross, and V. Klemas.  1986.   Remote sensing of coastal wetlands.  BioScience 36(7):453-460.
  • Gross, M.F., V. Klemas, and J.E.Levasseur.  1986.   Biomass and structure of a Spartina alterniflora Loisel.-dominated salt marsh in France.  Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club 113(2):125-130.

Courses Taught:

  • Human Biology
  • Botany
  • Ecology and Environment of New Jersey
  • Conservation Ecology

Research Area:

  • Plant collection maintenance, identification and development in Georgian Court University's S. Mary Grace Burns Arboretum and the Georgian Court University greenhouse; preservation/restoration of Georgian Court University's piece of New Jersey pinelands on campus; wetland plant ecology; plant conservation; parasitic plants.

Service to the University:

Director of the Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum of Georgian Court University; Curator of the Georgian Court University Herbarium; GCU Accreditation Liaison Officer to Middle States Commission on Higher Education; Ex Officio member of five curriculum committees.

Why I Love GCU:

  • The small classes and small university make it possible to know people on a personal basis.  The historic, wooded campus adjacent to Lake Carasaljo is filled with Pinelands plants and a wonderful place to learn biology and sustainable landscaping.

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