We conduct research on community-level processes involved in ecological restoration, the repair of damaged and degraded habitats. We are interested in how communities of plants (and animals) respond to anthropogenic environmental change, particularly species invasions, and how we can improve our ability to restore diverse, resilient, high-functioning ecosystems. Relationships between ecological restoration and ecosystem services—such as carbon sequestration, water-quality improvement, and wildlife support—are a particular focus of our research. We mainly work in wetland, prairie, and woodland ecosystems of the Chicago region and elsewhere in the upper Midwest.
We had a great kickoff meeting Sept. 11-12 for our project testing the influence of plant phylogenetic and functional diversity on tallgrass prairie restoration. Look at these happy faces!
Dan was featured in the Chicago Tribune’s Career Builder section