Greg Eaton, PhD

Director, Claytor Nature Study Center

Greg Eaton


Dr. Greg Eaton is the director of the Claytor Nature Study Center of Lynchburg College, and teaches in the Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, and Biology programs.

He is a Board member of the Virginia Resource Use Education Council, which guides environmental education in the Commonwealth, and serves as Virginia Affiliate representative to the North American Association for Environmental Education. Dr. Eaton is on the Board as training coordinator of the Central Virginia Master Naturalists, which supports citizen scientists, environmental stewards, and natural resource educators in our region. The Virginia Master Naturalists are an important partner of Claytor Nature Study Center programs, providing volunteers as instructors in our K-12 environmental education programs, and as stewards for many conservation projects at the Center.



  • Director, Claytor Nature Study Center
    Lynchburg College (2006-Present)
  • Affiliated faculty member – Environmental Science and Biology Departments
    Lynchburg College (2006-Present)
  • Assistant Professor and Nursery and Landscape Extension Specialist,
    Department of Horticulture, Virginia Tech

Refereed Publications

  • Eaton, G.K. and B.J. Wright. 2005. Backyard Wildlife Habitats. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication, #426-070.
  • Eaton, G.K. 2004. Linking physiological and community ecology of ectomycorrhizal fungi under N enrichment. In: FUNGI IN FOREST ECOSYSTEMS: DIVERSITY, SYSTEMATICS, AND ECOLOGY, Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden 89: 243-248. Ed.: Cathy Cripps.
  • Martin, T.P., J.R. Harris, G.K. Eaton and O.K. Miller. 2003. The efficacy of ectomycorrhizal colonization of pin oak and scarlet oak in nursery production. Journal of Environmental Horticulture 21(1): 45-50.
  • Eaton, G.K., 2003. Ecological Landscaping. Virginia Turfgrass Journal 27(2): 10-18.
  • Eaton, G.K. and B.L. Appleton. 2002. Getting Started in the Nursery Business. 1. Nursery Production Options, Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication, #430-050.
  • Eaton, Gregory K and Ayres, Matthew P. 2002. Plasticity and constraint in growth and protein mineralization of ectomycorrhizal fungi under simulated nitrogen deposition. Mycologia, 94 (6): 921-932
  • Eaton, Gregory K. Latimer, Joyce G., and Wright, Robert D. 2001. Nutrient Management Planning for Virginia ornamental nurseries. Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management eBook.
  • Latimer, J.G. and G.K. Eaton. 2001. Resources for Greenhouse and Nursery Operations and Operators, Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication #430-104.
  • Berg, Erik S; Eaton, Gregory K; Ayres, Matthew P . 2001. Augmentation of AM fungi fails to ameliorate the adverse effects of temporal resource variation on a lettuce crop. Plant and Soil, 236 (2): 251-262
  • Erelli, Mark C; Ayres, Matthew P; Eaton, Gregory K , 1998. Altitudinal patterns in host suitability for forest insects. Oecologia 117 (1): 133–142.

Proceedings and other Articles

  • James-Duramo, M., J.M Dubinsky, and G.K. Eaton. 2005. Educating Engaged Citizens: No Simple Formula. Presented at: Integrations: Liberal Learning in a Diverse World.  The Joint National Conference of the Association for General and Liberal Studies and the Association for Integrative Studies. October 6-8, 2005, Fairfax, VA.
  • James-Duramo, M., J.M Dubinsky, and G.K. Eaton. 2005. The Civic Responsibilities of Students at Land Grant Institutions. The Civic Engagement Imperative: Student Learning and the Public Good. Network for Academic Renewal Conference, American Association of Colleges and Universities.
  • Wolyniak, B.J., G.K. Eaton. 2005. The Potential for Stormwater Runoff from Model Landscape Surfaces.  Proceedings of the Southern Nursery Association Research Conference 50: 544-547
  • Dickinson, S.B., G,K. Eaton. 2005. Assessment of nutrient absorption capabilities of nine ornamental grasses for bioretention. Proceedings of the Southern Nursery Association Research Conference 50: 503-506
  • Wolyniak, B.J., G.K. Eaton. 2004. Quantifying infiltration, runoff, and potential for non-point source pollution in model urban landscapes. Proceedings of the Virginia Water Research Symposium.
  • Eaton, G.K.  2004. The Utilization of Wastewater and Composted Recirculating Aquaculture Sludge in the Greenhouse Production of Ornamental Crops. Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Recirculating Aquaculture. Pp. 32-37.
  • Eaton, G.K. 2004. Analysis of Virginia Green Industry Economic Impact. VNLA Newsletter 74(5): 13.
  • Martin, T., G.K. Eaton, J.R. Harris. 2004. Effects of Various Compost-amended Substrates on Water Use Efficiency and Leaf Nutrition of Clethra alnifolia. Proceedings of the Southern Nursery Association Research Conference 49.
  • Martin T., G.K. Eaton, J.R. Harris. 2003. Water Relations of Compost-amended Substrates. Southern Nursery Association Research Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Eaton, G.K. 2003. Integrated Monitoring Technique for Irrigation and Fertility Control in Nurseries. VNLA Newsletter 73(1): 51-59.
  • Eaton, G.K., J.R. Harris, T. Martin. 2002. Variation in physical and chemical properties of compost-amended pine bark substrates. Proceedings of the Southern Nursery Association Research Conference 47: 80-83.
  • Eaton, G.K., J.R. Harris, T. Martin. 2002. The utilization of compost in sustainable ornamental plant production. Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Conference, Research Triangle Park, NC.
  • Eaton, G.K. 2002. The feasibility of utilizing tobacco greenhouses as propagation facilities for ornamental plants. Combined Proceedings of the International Plant Propagators Society 52: 440-444.
  • Eaton, G.K., J.G. Latimer and R.D. Wright. 2001. Nutrient management planning for Virginia ornamental nurseries. Virginia Water Research Symposium, Charlottesville, VA.
  • Greene, V., B. Appleton, E. L. Rudiger & G.K. Eaton. 2001. Reducing root zone temperatures of container-grown plants. Proceedings of the Southern Nursery Association Research Conference 46: 108-112.
  • Martin, T., J. R. Harris, G.K. Eaton. 2001.  Success rates for inoculation of Pin and Scarlet Oak with mycorrhizal fungi, Proceedings of the Southern Nursery Association Research Conference 46: 30-32.
  • Martin, T., J. R. Harris, G.K. Eaton. 2001. Growth and drought resistance of 15-gallon pot-in-pot Scarlet Oak colonized with mycorrhizal fungi. Proceedings of the Southern Nursery Association Research Conference 46: 33-36.
  • Eaton, G.K. and M.P. Ayres. 1999. Nitrogen source and the growth and protease production of ectomycorrhizal fungi. Ecological Society of America, Snowbird, UT.
  • Eaton, G.K. and O.K. Miller, Jr. 1996. Nutrition and growth of a calcifuge plant in a model calcareous system: effects of mycorrhization and rhizosphere oxalic acid. Abstract. American Journal of Botany 83(6)supp.: 232.

Mentored Projects

  • Shadrack Nthusi, 2009. Hydrological and Biological Characterization of Vernal Pools at Claytor Nature Study Center. MEd Science Education. Lynchburg College.
  • Brian Wolyniak, 2005. Using Model Urban and Suburban Landscapes to Determine Non-point Source Pollution Potential. M.S. Horticulture. Virginia Tech.
  • Divya Nair, 2006. Recycling Aquacultural Waste through Horticultural Greenhouse Production as a Resource Recovery Approach. M.S. Environmental Engineering. Virginia Tech. Co-Advised with Greg Boardman, Professor, CEE.
  • Thomas Martin. 2006. The Physical, Chemical, and Biological Properties of Aerobic Composts and Their Influence on Hardiness, Growth, and Landscape Establishment of Container-Grown Ornamental Plants. Ph.D. Horticulture. Virginia Tech.
  • Courtney Capstack. 2006. Physical properties and biological retention of pollutants in model green roof systems. Undergraduate Honors Thesis. B.S. Honors, Magna Cum Laude, Horticulture. Virginia Tech.
  • Emily Coppedge,  2004. An Economic Impact Assessment of the Green Industry of Virginia. M.S. Agricultural and Applied Economics. Co-Advised with Jeffrey Alwang, Professor, AAE. Virginia Tech.
  • Joseph Wilkerson, April 26, 2002. A Case Study on the Economic Feasibility of Producing Maple Liners in a Traditional Tobacco Greenhouse . M.S. Agricultural and Applied Economics. Virginia Tech. Co-Advised with Charles W. Coale, Jr., Professor, AAE.
  • Erik S. Berg. 1998-1999. The role of VAM fungi in mediating the effects of resource variation on a lettuce crop. Senior Honors Thesis Research. B.S. Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College.
  • Gregory M. Lief. 1996 – 1997. Response of Betula cordifolia to mycorrhizal associations and nutrient fertilization. Senior Honors Thesis Research, B.S. Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College.
  • Kathryn Wendell. 1997. Ectomycorrhizal diversity at high and low elevations on Mt. Moosilauke, NH. Women in Science Program Internship. B.S. Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College.
  • Elizabeth A. Lewis. 1997. The effect of nutrient availability on growth characteristics of ectomycorrhizal fungi. E.E. Just Memorial Internship. Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College.