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Leslie Bartlebaugh, PLA, ASLA, ISA Certified Arborist

Extension Specialist, Coastal Dynamics Design Lab


Leslie is the Extension Specialist in the Coastal Dynamics Design Lab (CDDL) at NC State University’s Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning (LAEP), where she also teaches courses focused on landscape ecology, plant identification, and ecological planting design.

Leslie is a licensed, professional landscape architect (PLA) and an ISA Certified Arborist with a multidisciplinary background in both the public and private sectors. Her work encompasses the horticulture, construction, natural resource, and design and planning industries with a focus on solutions that promote ecological, cultural, and economic health and inclusivity. Project experience focuses on urban and community design including streetscape design, urban infill master planning, higher education and K-12 site design, innovative green stormwater infrastructure design, public park planning and design, public art, and design of civic spaces.

Her current scholarship and focus in the CDDL includes innovative planning, engagement, and implementation strategies for flood recovery and resilience programs, leadership in identifying, facilitating, and overseeing the implementation of community resilience initiatives, and research on landscape ecology and ecologically focused planting design.

Leslie received her Master of Landscape Architecture from NC State University and a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Environmental Biology, with a Minor in Spanish, from Appalachian State University.