Faculty Advisors for EES Program

Assistant Professor, Ecology

Ph.D. 2013, University of California Santa Barbara

Freshwater organism ecology and physical stream geomorphology; feedbacks between animals and sediment erosion; impacts of changing flow regimes and species invasions on ecogeomorphic linkages.

Associate Professor, LRES

Ph.D. 2006, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Biogeochemistry and ecosystem analysis with emphasis on nutrient cycling and limitation.  Interests include: ecosystem response and feedback to atmospheric and climate variation; watershed biogeochemistry; plant-soil interactions; natural abundance isotope analysis; ecosystem modeling; global change.

Assistant Professor, Ecology

Ph.D. 2008, Dartmouth College

Community & pollination ecology; effects of environmental context (including climate, land use, wildfire, & invasive species) on plant-insect interactions.

Assistant Professor, ARNR

Ph.D. 2008, Oregon State University

Non-equilibrium ecological dynamics; restoration ecology; disturbance ecology, hydrology and watershed management in arid and semi-arid ecosystems; grazing management; woody plant expansion.

Professor, Ecology

Ph.D. 1991, Purdue University

Behavioral endocrinology; conservation biology; population biology; social evolution; biology of carnivores.

Wildlife Research Biologist, USGS NRMSC (Ecology Dept. affiliate)

Ph.D. 2005, University of California, Berkeley

Wildlife disease; epidemiological modeling; population dynamics

Associate Professor, Ecology

Ph.D. 2004, University of Georgia

Aquatic food webs and ecosystem; ecological stoichiometry; cross-ecosystem material subsidies

Associate Professor, PSPP

Ph.D. 1995, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Study of the basic and applied aspects of higher fungi, particularly in extreme environments such as the alpine life zone and high-elevation smelter-impacted sites

Associate Professor, LRES

Ph.D. 1983, University of Minnesota

Soil nutrient management and plant nutrition. Field research investigations on management and use of fertlizer inputs for improving crop yield and quality; water and environmental stress effects on crop nutrient requirements, yield, and quality; plant nutrition effects on disease and disease-like symptoms in wheat; and fertilizer management for maintaining environmental quality.

Associate Professor, LRES

Ph.D. 2007, University of California, Berkeley

Isotope biogeochemistry of soils in the Earth system.  Effects of disturbance (pollution, climate change) on soil-atmosphere and soil-hydrology interactions.  Innovative use of multiple isotope systems to explore the interaction of geochemical, geomorphic, and biological processes in driving biogeochemical cycling in terrestrial environments.

Professor, Ecology

Ph.D. 1980, University of Minnesota

Ecology; population dynamics; management; and conservation of mammalian species.

Extension Forage Specialist and Assistant Professor, ARNR

Ph.D. 2014, University of Minnesota

Methods of optimizing forage establishment, quality, persistence, and production; forage/animal/soil interactions and relationships; livestock and equine grazing issues; promoting awareness of best forage-management practices; identifying and addressing any questions, issues, or opportunities identified by extension agents and producers regarding forage-based issues

Research Biologist, USGS NRMSC (Ecology Dept affiliate)

Ph.D. 1994, Oregon State University

Salmonid habitat relationships; effects of fire on aquatic ecosystems; ecology of high mountain lakes

Affiliate Professor, Ecology

Ph.D. 1993, South Dakota State University

Applied fisheries science; population ecology; predator-prey interactions; fisheries management.

Assistant Professor, Earth Sciences

Ph.D. 2004, University of Colorado-Boulder

Environmental governance, resources management, and energy policy.

Professor, Ecology

Ph.D. 1984, University of Tennessee

Effects of natural disturbance and land use on vertebrate diversity; landscape ecology and management; computer simulation of forest dynamics; conservation biology.

Assistant Professor, LRES

Ph.D. 2003, University of California, Davis

Interests include geoscience education, plant-soil interactions, soil respiration, nutrient cycling, land rehabilitation, global change.

Assistant Professor, Ecology

Plant physiological ecology, plant physiology, stable isotope biogeochemistry, climate change

Professor, LRES & TBI

Ph.D. 1985, University of Minnesota

Soil chemical processes important in agricultural systems and environmental sciences; fate and mobility of chemicals in the environment, and mechanisms of chemical adsorption, precipitation and dissolution in natural systems.

Professor, PSPP

Ph.D 1985, Ohio State University

Systematics of the Coleoptera and insect conservation biology.

Associate Professor, LRES

Ph.D. 1998, Montana State University

Developing educational resources and materials on soil fertility and nutrient management for county agents, crop advisers, producers, and other agricultural professionals; current primary research emphasis on soil fertility in cropping systems, nutrient management in conservation tillage systems, and soil testing.

Assistant Professor, Microbiology & Immunology

Ph.D. 2009, University of Colorado

In the Jones lab, we study how ecological and stochastic factors govern microbial community assembly and how shifts in community composition alter community function. We combine observational and experimental approaches to investigate soil microbes, freshwater microbes, plant-microbe interactions, and insect-associated microbes. In almost all cases, we use high-throughput DNA sequencing to assess community membership (e.g. tagged 16S, metagenomics) and community function (e.g. metatranscriptomics). We routinely work with ecologists, evolutionary biologists, disease ecologists, conservation biologists, agriculturists, soil scientists, and computer scientists.

Professor, Ecology

Ph.D. 1999, Arizona State

Conservation genetics; evolutionary biology; wildlife and fisheries management.

Director, USGS NRMSC (Ecology Dept affiliate, Retired)

Ph.D. 1991, University of California, Davis

Aquatic ecology and fisheries

Professor, PSPP

Ph.D. 1986, The Univ. of Texas-Austin

Molecular systematics and biogeography of the plant family Leguminosae. The emphasis of my research is on the phylogeny, biogeography, and systematics of the plant family Leguminosae, including the cultivated species.

Professor, LRES

Ph.D. 1998, Oregon State University

Teaching and research programs in the use and application of remote sensing technologies in managed and natural ecosystems.

Associate Professor, Ecology

Ph.D 2007, University of Arizona

Effects of human activities on wildlife populations and communities (including invasive species, changes in land-use, disturbance regimes, and climatic patterns); plant-animal interactions; restoration ecology; quantitative ecology

Associate Professor, LRES

Ph.D. 2004, Montana State University

Development and dissemination of information about ecologically-based, integrated invasive plant management for range and wildlands.  Emphasis on restoration/revegetation of invasive plant-infested landscapes.>

Professor, ARNR

Ph.D. 1978, University of Wyoming

Identification and definition of the processes that create and maintain riparian ecosystems. Interactive processes between herbivory and vegetation with specific emphasis on water quality/erosion patterns.

Professor, LRES

Ph.D. 1990, Oregon State University

Invasive plant ecology in managed systems. Plant population and community ecology in agroecosystems and wildlands with an emphasis on applying science to solve management problems. Research approach often includes the use of simulation models to clarify and explore hypotheses associated with complex interactions associated with spatial and temporal plant population and community dynamics.

Professor, LRES & TBI

Ph.D. 1989, University of Minnesota

Soil microbiology, focusing on plant-microbe interactions, biological transformations in soils, and microbial diversity in extreme thermal soils.

Assistant Professor, Earth Sciences

Ph.D. 2013, University of Arizona

Human-environment interactions in Mexico and U.S. West, political ecology of water management, climate change vulnerability and adaptation, governance at climate-water-energy nexus, science and technology studies.

Professor, Ecology

Ph.D. 1984, Arizona

Wild trout management; fish-habitat relationships; winter ecology; conservation biology of salmonids.

Assistant Professor, ARNR

Ph.D. 2010, Kansas State University

Wildlife habitat use and spatial ecology, population ecology, wildlife conservation and management

Professor, LRES

Ph.D. 1996, University of Massechusetts

Research and extension focused on integrated management of agricultural weeds. Understanding the mechanisms conditioning the abundance and distribution of annual and perennial weeds in agricultural systems.   Weed population and community dynamics, crop-weed competition, herbicide resistance, and weed management in conventional and alternative cropping systems.

Professor, LRES

Ph.D. 1992, University of Minnesota

Development of diversified cropping systems under water-limited conditions to maintain or improve soil quality, economic returns and sustainable practices. Resource-use-efficiency in no-till and organic systems, spring and winter pulse crop agronomy, annual pea forage and green manure systems, and farming strategies for reducing green house gas emissions.

Professor, ARNR

Ph.D. 1987, Utah State University

Livestock use on the landscape on winter range; prediction of winter nutrient needs for livestock; grazing recommendations for controlling noxious weeds. Develop effective grazing recommendations for minimizing grasshopper outbreaks.

Professor, LRES

Ph.D. 1981, Colorado State University

Insect behavior and ecology, with particular reference to foraging, pollination, thermoregulation, and parental strategies; influence of land management practices on insect communities; biological constraints on insect population and community sampling.

Assistant Professor, LRES

Ph.D. 2009, Colorado School of Mines

Role of water movement in the structure and function of watershed ecosystems; integration of biogeochemical and hydrologic models; inference of watershed ecosystem behavior from spatially distributed stream water quality; influence of valley floor hydrologic systems on whole-watershed behavior and on stream-riparian ecosystem behavior.

Professor, LRES

Ph.D. 1995, University of Lincoln - Nebraska

Human and ecological risk assessments for agricultural technologies, physiological responses of plants to biotic stressors, plant-insect interactions, economic decision level theory and development, and integrated pest management theory.

Associate Professor, LRES

Ph.D. 2000, University of Montana

Integrate knowledge to understand the spatial ecology of stream and river ecosystems. Diverse interests include Landscape Ecology, Stream Ecology, Forest Ecology, Hydrology, Geomorphology, and Hydrogeology. Most efforts relate to the study of flood plains and river networks in the emerging field of Fluvial Landscape Ecology.

Assistant Professor, Ecology

Ph.D. 2005, Duke University

Terrestrial ecosystem modeling, vegetation dynamics, carbon cycle, disturbance, land cover and climate change impacts.

Assistant Professor, LRES

Ph.D. 2004, Montana State University

Forest ecology and dynamics; integration of remote sensing data, GIS, and field data for ecological applications; modeling aboveground biomass and carbon sequestration; land cover and land use change analysis; invasive species monitoring.

Professor, LRES

Microbial biogeochemistry in aquatic systems emphasizing the roles of nitrogen and phosphorus in microbial growth. Life associated with Antarctic ice and its relationship to global change and astrobiology.

Associate Professor, LRES

Ph.D. 1993, University of Reading, Britain

Spatial distribution & dynamics of non-indigenous/weed populations & how to detect, map & model such populations, both in agricultural and natural systems.

Professor and Department Head, Ecology

Ph.D. 1984, U. of Wisconsin - Madison

Vegetation ecology, ecological modeling, multivariate analysis of ecological data.

Professor, Ecology

Ph.D. 1990, University of Idaho

Ecology; population dynamics; habitat relationships; and management of avian species.

Associate Professor, Earth Sciences

Ph.D. 2001, University of Alberta, Canada

Biogeochemistry and geomicrobiology of glaciated systems

Professor, ARNR

Ph.D. 1989, New Mexico State University

Habitat ecology and management.  Wildlife and livestock herbivory.

Professor and Department Head, LRES

Ph.D. 1988, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Weed physiology research centering on understanding how environmental, insect, and herbicide stresses influence crop and weed productivity.  Emphasis on role of oxidative stress tolerance mechanisms in weed/crop interactions, and alkaloid biosynthesis by the locoweed/endophyte complex.

Assistant Professor, LRES

Ph.D. 2006, Duke University

Surface-atmosphere exchange of water, energy, and trace gases with an emphasis on plot scale measurements and regional and global scale synthesis. Specific interests including quantifying the impacts of land use change and climate change on the surface energy balance, the carbon cycle, and hydrology in temperate, boreal, and arctic ecosystems.

Professor, LRES

Ph.D. 1975, University of Wisconsin

Microbial diversity, ecology and evolution. Fundamental studies of microbial population biology and community ecology in relation to principles of macroecology.

Professor, LRES

Ph.D. 1990, McGill University

Chemical ecology and behavior, biological control, plant-insect interactions, and spatial ecology. Plant and insect semiochemical interactions

Research Fishery Biologist, USFWS

Ph.D. 2000, University of California Davis

Reproductive physiology of fishes; physiological ecology; effects of temperature and contaminants on reproductive function of fishes

Professor, Earth Sciences

Ph.D. 1983, University of Washington

Quaternary environmental change, vegetation, fire, and climate history of the western U.S. and southern South America

David W. Willey

Associate Research Professor, Ecology

Ph.D. 1998, Colorado State University

Ecology; population dynamics; habitat relationships; and management of avian species.

Professor, PSPP & TBI

Ph.D. 1987, University of California-Davis

Utilizing viruses to understand viral diseases and as model systems to explore cell biology; combining biochemical and genetic approaches with the tools of molecular and structural biology to examine the interplay of viral and host gene products

Professor, LRES

Ph.D. 1991, University of Minnesota

Below-ground ecology of weed-invaded systems, metal-contaminated sites, and recreation-impacted high elevations sites; restoring impacted areas on both disturbed and undisturbed natural systems impacted areas

Affiliate Professor, Ecology

Ph.D. 1984, University of Florida

Applied aquatic ecology; effects of hydropower and reservoirs on fish populations; fisheries management.