Research Photos

Experimental plantings in our wetland mesocosms.
    Left: green bulrush, flooded
    Right: mixture of grass and forb species, drained

Plants and animals of the mesocosms.
    Left: marsh milkweed pollinated by bee
    Middle: big bluestem leaf with spider
    Right: New England aster

Stormwater researchers in action: mesocosm lab bench and created wetland swales.
    Left: filtering water samples on a makeshift lab bench
    Middle: attempting to fix a leaky weir
    Right: the infamous GQ shot

Emergent plantings around a 4-acre retention pond constructed in the UW-Madison Arboretum. 
Unfortunately, diverse plantings were invaded by hybrid cattail even in the first growing season.
    Left: Arrowhead
    Middle: Pickerelweed
    Right: Bulrush and cattail  

Sampling stormwater in Curtis Prairie with volunteers from the 
Madison community.
    Left: the perfect sampling day, sunny/dry/warm
    Right: the opposite, dark/wet/cold (dedicated volunteers!)

It's easy to get lost in the study of wetland plants.
    Left: me struggling to put down a quadrat in cattail in our swales
    Right: my collaborator Erik nearly swallowed up by reed-manna grass

Why ecologists avoid measuring belowground biomass. 
    Left: getting the core
    Middle: washing away substrate
    Right: digging out the stubborn bits by hand

Tijuana Estuary is wetland ecologist paradise: always sunny, no mosquitos, short plants, fish tacos.
    Left: the created 'Tidal Linkage' site I re-sampled in 08/09
    Middle: close-up of several succulent species present there
    Right: knee-deep in salt marsh, with fashionable orange vest required by border patrol