Andrea's research is on the butternut tree (Juglans
cinerea; a relative of the black walnut), currently being threatened by
butternut canker disease (Ophiognomonia clavigignenti-juglandacearum). She argues that technology, ecology, and society are key considerations to the successful restoration of the butternut and other tree species. In
particular, she is evaluating the use of hybrid butternut trees as a
potential restoration tool through disease screening, assessment of
environmental tolerances, and evaluation of perceptions to the use of hybrid
trees for restoration.