Ecological restoration of wetlands, rivers, lakeshores, prairies; land use impacts to wetland biodiversity; climate change adaptation
ESPM 5071 Ecological Restoration
ESPM 3575/5575 Wetlands
My group focuses on advancing the practice and outcomes of ecological restoration. Several aspects of restoration practice significantly limit ecological restoration in the Midwestern US, as well as globally. These include: 1) effective, practical approaches for assessing ecological resilience, 2) approaches for assessing an organization’s capacity to undertake an ecosystem restoration, 3) overcoming severe limitations to native seed availability, 4) decision-making guidance for invasive species control. We are addressing these gaps with current research aimed at: developing scenario planning tools for managing climate-sensitive species in protected areas, developing ecological resilience assessment tools for restoration planning, determining how organizational capacity affects restoration outcomes, developing native seed harvest guidelines, and formulating management response protocols for newly invading species.
Meissen, J.*, S. Galatowitsch, and M. Cornett. 2017. Assessing long-term risks of prairie seed harvest: what is the role of life history? Botany 95: 1081-1092. (Editor’s Choice Award)
Galatowitsch, S, D Larson, & J Larson. 2016. Factors affecting post-control reinvasion by seed of an invasive species, Phragmites australis, in the central Platte River, Nebraska. Biological Invasions, 18: 1-12.
Phillips-Mao‡, L, S Galatowitsch, S Snyder, & R Haight. 2016. Model-based scenario planning to develop climate change adaptation strategies for rare plant populations in grassland reserves. Biological Conservation 193: 103-114.
Meissen†, J, S Galatowitsch, & M Cornett. 2015. Risks of overharvesting seed from native tallgrass prairies. Restoration Ecology 23: 882-891.
Phillips-Mao‡, L, J Refsland, & S Galatowitsch. 2015. Cost-estimation for landscape-scale restoration planning in the Upper Midwest, US. Ecological Restoration 33: 147-155.
Galatowitsch, S.M. 2012. Ecological Restoration, Sinauer Press, Boston MA. 610 p.
Kettenring†, KM. & SM. Galatowitsch. 2011. Seed rain of restored and natural prairie wetlands. Wetlands 31: 283-294.
Galatowitsch, S., L. Frelich, and L. Phillips-Mao. 2009. Regional climate change adaptation strategies for biodiversity conservation in a midcontinental region of North America. Biological Conservation 142: 2011-2022
Aronson‡, M & S Galatowitsch. 2008. Long-term vegetation development of restored prairie pothole wetlands. Wetlands 28: 883-895.
Galatowitsch, S.M. and D.M. Richardson. 2005. Riparian scrub recovery after clearing of invasive alien trees in headwater streams of the Western Cape, South Africa. Biological Conservation. 122: 509-521.
Perry†, LG, SM. Galatowitsch, & C.J. Rosen. 2004. Competitive control of invasive vegetation: a native wetland sedge suppresses Phalaris arundinacea in carbon-enriched soil. Journal of Applied Ecology 41: 151-162.
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