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
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.
Right: Bulrush and cattail
Sampling stormwater in Curtis Prairie with volunteers from the
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