Plant Biologist and Wetland Restoration Ecologist

I recently received a PhD candidate in Botany at University of Wisconsin-Madison working in Joy Zedler's lab.

My research concerns relationships between wetland structure and ecosystem functions, and how those relationships bear on wetland restoration. One of the recurring recommendations from my work is fairly simple: we should focus more on restoring desirable dominant species because they play the largest role in determining how wetlands are (how diverse, how productive, etc.). Recently, I've written on that theme in the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Wetlands (Vol. 3) and in a forthcoming article in Ecological Engineering. (The page for that article has an interactive map feature that shows several of my study sites in Madison, WI.)

I'm currently on a post-doc in Madison, but am applying for jobs near San Francisco, CA, where I'll be moving in early 2014.

I look forward to being back in CA. I did my master's research at Tijuana Estuary, CA following up on a restoration experiment set up within a created tidal salt marsh (site pictured on right). That experiment was a one-of-a-kind effort to directly manipulate wetland plant diversity in a restoration setting and then monitor responses in ecosystem-level functions like productivity. Early on diversity increased productivity. But when I re-sampled the site 11 years later, I found that existing levels of plant diversity actually decreased with productivity. That change was very much related to increasing dominance by tall, productive species: perennial pickleweed. You can find a paper on that project here.


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