Pobl - People
ADFER is currently looking to recruit dedicated graduate or undergraduate students to work on research projects related to terrestrial ecosystem restoration and management.
Prospective students should feel free to get in touch but please include a brief statement of research interests/questions and a C.V. that details your GPA and GRE scores.
Current priority areas for recruitment include post-wildfire restoration and the use of prescribed fire as a management tool.
G. Matt Davies
Matt is the lab PI and has a background in wildland fire behaviour and vegetation community ecology. His PhD focused on the use of traditional managed burning on peatland ecosystems
in Scotland. Whilst a Post-Doc at the University of Washington he studied long-term community dynamics in the sagebrush-steppe in relation to wildfire and cheatgrass invasion. Matt
joined OSU in 2015 having previously been a faculty member at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. His research interests center on understanding how disturbance regimes and restoration
interact with biotic and abiotic conditions to control ecosystem structure and function. The "G" stands for
Gwilym in case you were wondering!
View Matt's Research Gate profile and current CV
Current students and researchers
Simon Power (Post-doctoral Researcher; 2018 - present)
Originally from South Africa, Simon joined ADFER in November 2018. His research in the lab focuses on plant community dynamics in response to disturbance. He is particularly
focused on our "Long-term SUCCESS" project that is investigating how repeated wildfires and post-fire restoration affect sagebrush-steppe ecosystems.
Johnathan King (Environment and Natural Resources Honors Program; 2017-present)
Johnathan is interested in the effect of restoration on wildlife populations and avian and mammal habitat utilization. Currently Johnathan has been assisting with our research in Bolivia
where he studied the effect of disturbance from cattle grazing and forest modification on nocturnal birds and mammals.
- Katie Gaffney: Katie is an SENR BS student and is currently working on our "MORE Ohio Pawpaw project". She perviously helped with fieldwork for "PRO Peat Bog"
- Chelsea Cancino: Chelsea is an SENR BS student and is helping with fruit quality analysis for "MORE Ohio Pawpaw"
Matt is on the thesis committees of the following OSU graduate students:
- Tania Burgos-Hernandez (PhD student; SENR - soil science specialization)
- Investigating the soil quality and carbon balance of Ohio State University soils
- Andrew Lybbert (PhD student; EEOB)
- Evaluation of temporal dynamics and non-native plant effects on pollination networks, floral resource availability, and plant-pollinator restoration efforts on reclaimed strip mine landscapes
- Ryan McCarthy (PhD student; EEOB)
- Do intraspecific interactions vary over time? Spatial demography of Ambrosia dumosa and the Stress Gradient Hypothesis
- Camilo Rey-Sanchez (PhD student; Environmental Science Graduate Program)
- Vegetation and disturbance controls on greenhouse gas fluxes from Ohio's peat bogs
Former advisees at The Ohio State University
Other lab alumni
- Ashley Fox: UG Environmental Science - Research Credit (2016 - 2017): Woodland pawpaw production
- Katie Gaffney: UG Environmental Science - Research Assistant (2017): PRO Peat Bog
- Alyssa Jones: UG Environmental Science - Research Credit (2015 - 2016): Woodland pawpaw production
A list of those who worked with me at the University of Glasgow
- Andy Bates: MSc Student (Co-advisor) - A Protocol for georeferencing historical estate maps and assessing their utility in mapping landscape change
- Francois Bienvenu: MSc Student (Co-advisor) - Improving multifunctional landscape planning practices: Insh Marshes Nature Reserve
- Julien Bodart: Research Technician - Effects of stock removal on upland vegetation (Borders Forest Trust; 2013)
- Sophie Brett: Research Technician - Ecosystem effects of severe wildfires (NERC; 2012 - 2013)
- Ciara Corcoran: Teaching Garden Technician
- Rut Domenech Jardi: Post-Doctoral Research Assisstant - Ecosystem effects of severe wildfires (NERC; 2011 - 2013)
- Currently a research scientist at the Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia
- Andrew Hally: Honours Student - The effect of afforestation and restoration on peatland soil moisture
- Sophie Philbrick: Research Technician - Ecosystem effects of severe wildfires (NERC; 2012)
- Emily Taylor: Research Technician - Ecosystem effects of severe wildfires (NERC; 2012 - 2013)
- Currently lead researcher on land-management practice at the Crichton Carbon Centre
- Gregor Wilson: Honours Student - Is there a relationship between riparian broadleaved woodland cover and water quality?