Advancing Habitat and Ecosystem Conservation & Management

Understanding how wild animals use habitats and landscapes is a topic of research interest to many FWCB faculty and their students working on fishmammals and birds. Several FWCB faculty work primarily on habitats and ecosystems, understanding mechanisms fundamental to ecosystem conservation, and developing strategies for ecosystem restoration or management.

Joseph Bump (Associate Professor and Gullion Chair) studies how wildlife interactions affect ecosystem processes and biodiversity, especially in forested systems.

Laura Dee’s (Assistant Professor) research addresses climatic, ecological and socioeconomic drivers of ecosystem services. A main objective of her research is to inform resource and land management strategies for the sustainable provision of ecosystem services that will be robust to global change.

Susan Galatowitsch (Professor and Head) studies the restoration ecology of wetlands, rivers, and prairies. Her team focuses on developing revegetation practices, restoration assessment tools, and invasive species control methods.

Daniel Larkin (Assistant Professor/Extension Specialist) focuses on the ecology, restoration and management of aquatic and wetland invasive plants.

Raymond Newman (Professor) studies tropic relations of streams and littoral zones of lakes to answer both basic and applied questions related to fisheries management.

Jim Perry's (Professor) current research focuses on understanding the risks climate change poses to heritage sites and developing climate change adaptation strategies to guide protected area management.

Bruce Vondracek (Emeritus Professor) examines the impacts of non-point source pollution on stream ecosystems and uses this research to develop restoration and management strategies.