University of Wisconsin-Madison

Faculty and Staff Members Interested in Restoration Ecology

(Unless otherwise noted, all phone numbers are area code (608), and all addresses are Madison, WI 53706)

Name Departments Address/E-mail/Phone Interests
Tim Allen Botany; Integrated Liberal Studies
Environmental Studies
326 Birge Hall
430 Lincoln Dr.
Hierarchy theory and problems of scale; epistemology for biological systems; ordination and classification of communities.
David Armstrong Civil & Environmental Engineering
Environmental Studies
115 Water Science & Engineering Lab
660 N. Park St.
Aquatic biogeochemistry and chemical limnology: biogeochemical processes regulating export of trace metals in river systems; sources and fate of organic chemicals in lakes; nutrient and trace element cycles in lakes; chemical processes regulating transport in groundwater; chemistry of the Great Lakes.
Jean Bahr Geology & Geophysics;
Environmental Studies
G411 Weeks Hall
1215 W. Dayton St.
Physical and biogeochemical processes affecting groundwater flow and transport of solutes in groundwater systems, groundwater-surface water interactions, water resources management.
Teri Balser Soil Science;
Environmental Studies
204 Soils Building
1525 Observatory Dr.
Ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, soil microbial communities and global change issues, land management and restoration, and invasive species; microbial communities as a tool to understand ecosystem processes in a variety of systems and situations.
Brad Barham Agricultural & Applied Economics 429 Taylor Hall
427 Lorch St.
Soil quality's relation to restoration issues; technology adoption; agrarian structure; agriculture and environment; industrial organization of natural resource industries; work in Latin America and Wisconsin.
James Bennett Environmental Studies 445 Henry Mall, Room 514

Effects of air pollution on vegetation, phytogeography and floristics.
Richard Bishop Agricultural & Applied Economics
Environmental Studies
334 Taylor Hall
427 Lorch St.
Environmental and resource economics with emphasis on valuation, renewable resource management, and sustainability.
Quentin Carpenter Environmental Studies 115F Science Hall
550 N. Park St.
Midwestern peatlands, especially ways in which hydrology, substrate and nutrient chemistry affect plant diversity, community persistence and restoration potential.
Stephen Carpenter Zoology; Limnology
Environmental Studies
226A Limnology Lab
680 N. Park St.
Ecosystem ecology; limnology; lake restoration.  Areas of Research: Comparative study of a suite of lakes in Wisconsin; regulation of lake ecosystem processes by consumers, nutrients and DOC; restoration and resilience of lakes; analytical tools for long-term ecological research and ecosystem experiments.
Murray Clayton Statistics;
Plant Pathology
380 Russell Labs
1630 Linden Dr.
Bayesian methods; decision theory; exact and asymptotic methods for stopping problems and bandits; Dirichlet processes; detecting, modeling, and sampling spatial patterns of disease; applications of statistics to biology.
Sharon Dunwoody Journalism & Mass Communication
Environmental Studies
5174 Vilas Hall
821 University Ave.
Public understanding of science, with an emphasis on risk communication and the ability of new information channels (the Web) to enhance science knowledge.
Thomas Givnish Botany
Environmental Studies
315 Birge Hall
430 Lincoln Dr.
Plant ecology and evolution; adaptive radiation and molecular evolution; biomechanics; ecology of endangered plant communities and species.
Stith Gower Forest Ecology & Management;
A127 Russell Labs
1630 Linden Dr.
Biophysical controls on carbon assimilation and allocation in terrestrial ecosystems, nutrient circulation in natural and managed ecosystems, changes in forest ecosystem structure and function during succession, influences of natural and anthropogenic disturbances on soil carbon dynamics, regionalization of carbon, water and nutrient budgets for terrestrial ecosystems.
John Harrington Landscape Architecture;
Human Ecology
Environmental Studies
25C Agriculture Hall
1450 Linden Dr.
Grassland/savanna ecology: preservation, restoration and management effects on composition, structure and function; role of perturbations including fire/grazing regimes in these systems; interactions of culture with restoration and preserve design.
Evelyn Howell Landscape Architecture;
Environmental Studies
25E Agriculture Hall
1450 Linden Dr.
Conservation and stewardship of native plant communities with an emphasis on the restoration and management of temperate zone grasslands and deciduous woodlands.
Anthony Ives Zoology 459 Birge Hall
430 Lincoln Dr.
Theoretical ecology and population biology, particularly multispecies interactions and environmental fluctuations, and biological control in insect predator-prey systems; phylogenetically-based statistical methods for analyzing comparative data; evolution of insecticide resistance in agricultural pests and evolution of drug resistance in human diseases; spatial models of population dynamics; effects of individual behavior on population dynamics.
James Knox Geography;
Environmental Studies
234 Science Hall
550 N. Park St.
Geomorphology, especially fluvial geomorphology, surface water hydrology, and paleohydrology; water resources; influences of changes in climate and land use on floods, erosion, sedimentation, watershed sediment yields; river morphology and restoration; Quaternary stratigraphy and landform evolution in the upper Mississippi Valley; modeling runoff and floods and long-term movement and storage of sediment in watersheds.
Eric Kruger Forest Ecology & Management 120 Russell Labs
1630 Linden Dr.
Tree physiology and physiological ecology; Tree response to environmental stress, post-fire ecophysiology, impact of elevated carbon dioxide on tree growth and function.
Nancy Langston Environmental Studies;
Forest Ecology & Management
60 Science Hall
550 N. Park St.
Forest and environmental history; history of scientific management; ecological restoration; ecosystem management; dynamics of riparian systems; patterns of landscape change.
Richard Lindroth Entomology;
Environmental Studies; Environmental Toxicology;
237 Russell Labs
1630 Linden Dr.
Research focuses on chemical mechanisms of plant-insect interactions and implications for insect nutritional ecology and host plant resistance. One focal area emphasizes the roles of resource availability and genetics in modulating plant defense characteristics. A second focal area investigates the consequences of global environmental change (enriched carbon dioxide, enhanced ultraviolet radiation) on plant-insect interactions, litter decomposition and nutrient cycling. A third focal area addresses biochemical mechanisms of resistance (detoxication enzymes) against plant allelochemicals.
Steven Loheide Civil and Environmental Engineering 1269C Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Dr.
Hydroecology, hydrogeology, river restoration, remote sensing, vegetative water use, sustainable land-use practices, vegetation patterning, stream-aquifer interactions, ecosystem function/services, human interaction with aquatic ecosystems.
Nancy Mathews Environmental Studies;Wildlife Ecology 115E Science Hall
550 North Park St.
Behavioral ecology of white tailed deer and localized management; large scale assessments of biodiversity; Influence of grazing on song bird community diversity and brown-headed cowbird parasitism; Influence of landscape factors on diversity of song bird communities.
Brent McCown Horticulture;
Environmental Studies
393 Horticulture Building
1575 Linden Dr.
Physiology of growth behavior in plants, plant propagation, microculture and micropropagation of plants; general transformation of woody perennial crops; renewable resource management.
Kevin McSweeney Soil Science Environmental Studies 146 Agriculture Hall
1450 Linden Dr.
Soil and earth history; sustainable land management in steep lands of the humid tropics and intensively managed agricultural landscapes of the Midwest U.S.
David Mladenoff Forest Ecology & Management;
Environmental Studies
A131 Russell Labs
1630 Linden Dr.
Forest ecology; landscape ecology; forest landscape modeling; restoration and sustainable management of forest ecosystems at landscape scales; conservation biology.
Erik Nordheim Statistics;
Forest Ecology & Management
120 Russell Labs
1630 Linden Dr.
Biological statistics; developing statistical models in a variety of areas including models for nonrandomly missing data, ecological modeling, and aspects of linear models.
John Norman Soil Science; Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences
Environmental Studies
263 Soils Building
1525 Observatory Dr.
Biophysical research involving studies of the interaction between plants and their environment including measurements of soil, plant, and atmospheric characteristics and integrative modeling of the soil-plant-atmosphere system; Applications to agriculture, ecology, forestry and meteorology have included plant productivity and water use efficiency, integrated pest management, irrigation water use, remote sensing, the contribution of surface exchanges to boundary-layer processes, and measurement and modeling of soil surface CO2 fluxes.
Peter Nowak Environmental Studies; Rural Sociology 70 Science Hall
550 N. Park St.
Adoption and diffusion of agricultural technologies; institutional barriers to environmental quality.
Kenneth Potter Civil & Environmental Engineering
Environmental Studies
1269D Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Dr.
Estimation of hydrologic risk, especially flood risk; hydrologic modeling and design; stormwater modeling, management and design; assessment of human impacts on hydrologic systems; estimation of hydrologic budgets, both surface and ground water; watershed assessment, especially with respect to field methods; and watershed restoration, including restoration of wetlands, channels, and flow regimes.
Bill Provencher Agricultural & Applied Economics 416 Taylor Hall
427 Lorch St.
Natural resource economics; resource allocation in a stochastic dynamic setting; dynamic programming.
Robert Ray Forest Ecology & Management
Environmental Studies
116 Agriculture Hall
1450 Linden Dr.
Nonformal learning processes in natural resource issues; community education participation; professional development for natural resource managers; interdisciplinary dynamics.
Emily Stanley Zoology; Limnology
Environmental Studies
218 Limnology Lab
680 N. Park St.
Aquatic ecosystem ecology; large river, stream, and wetland dynamics; biogeochemistry; floodplain restoration; large scale and multiple-scale processes in lotic ecosystems.
Kenneth Sytsma Botany 250 Birge Hall
430 Lincoln Dr.
Molecular systematics of vascular plants (especially Myrtales, Onagraceae, Gentianaceae, Rapateaceae, Bromeliaceae, and Lobeliaceae); plant population variation and gene flow; pollination biology; systematics in the tropics.
Monica Turner Zoology;
432 Birge Hall
430 Lincoln Dr.
Role of spatial heterogeneity in ecological dynamics, including both theoretical and empirical studies, focused at the landscape scale; spread of disturbances; plant reestablishment following disturbance; movement and foraging patterns of animals; potential landscape-level effects of global climate change; effects of scale and the challenges of extrapolation; quantifying the relative importance of factors that may control ecological processes at different spatial and temporal scales.
Donald Waller Botany;
Environmental Studies
232B Birge Hall
430 Lincoln Dr.
Forest restoration: what components and processes are key for recovery? Emphasis on recovering second-growth forests of the upper Great Lakes.  Areas of Research: Impacts of timber harvests and forest fragmentation on understory plant species' distribution, abundance, and reproductive ecology.
Susan Will-Wolf Botany 317 Birge Hall
430 Lincoln Dr.
Vegetation survey and master plan for Eagle Valley Preserve, Grant County, Wisconsin; lichen communities of upper Midwestern old growth and managed forests; assessing the biodiversity of lichenized fungi; dry soil oak savanna communities in the Great Lakes region; regional gradients in lichen communities of the southeast United States; landscape and environmental constraints on the distribution of presettlement savannas and prairies in southern Wisconsin; fire and succession in oak-maple upland forests.
Daniel Young Entomology 445 Russell Labs
1630 Linden Dr.
Biosystematics (especially of larval stages), bionomics, phylogeny, and zoogeography of Coleoptera.
Joy Zedler Botany; Arboretum
Environmental Studies
302 Birge Hall
430 Lincoln Dr.
Wetland ecology; structure and functioning of wetlands; improving the restoration of ecosystems; reestablishment and management of rare plants; effects of rare, extreme events on wetland ecosystems; interactions of native and exotic species, use of mesocosms in controlled experiments, adaptive management.
Paul Zedler Environmental Studies;
115A Science Hall
550 N. Park St.
Plant community and population ecology; fire ecology; ecology of temporary wetlands; population ecology of endangered plant species; life history and population ecology of shrubs, conifers, and oaks.