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 resume and a statement of research/interests questions. Graduate students should include a C.V.
that details their GPA and GRE scores. Current priority areas for recruitment include post-wildfire restoration of semi-arid ecosystems, field margin management and restoration,
the use of prescribed fire as a restoration tool and the management of Ohio woodlands for pawpaw production.
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
Roger Grau: PhD student at the University of Glasgow (Kelvin Smith Scholarship; 2012 - present)
- Jo Kingsbury (PhD student - Environmental Science Graduate Program; 2016-present)
- In collaboration with Armonia (Bolivian Birdlife International partner), Jo is studing how changes to fire and grazing management affect habitat structure and bird communities
in seasonally-flooded, tropical Bolivian grasslands. Jo is co-supervised by Chris Tonra (Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology Laboratory).
- Rachel Glover (PhD student - Environment and Natural Resources; 2016-present)
- Rachel is working to understand how variation in fire regimes control community dynamics in shrub and grass dominated ecosystem. She is utlizing long-term experiments
and monitoring plots in both temperate and semi-arid systems. Sites included restored prairie on former minelands and shrub-steppe ecosystems that have been subject to multiple
wildfires, cheatgrass invasion and post-fire reclaimation efforts. Rachel's work is partly a collaboration with Jon Bakker (University of Washington) and funded by the Joint Fire Science
Program as part of the "Long-term SUCCESS" project.
- Yushan Hao (MS student - Environmental Science Graduate Program; 2016-present)
- Yushan is working with the PRO Peat-bog project to understand how microbial community composition in Ohio's peat bog is affected by variation in historic disturbance regimes.
She will be linking microbial communities to differences in CO2 and CH4 production potentials. Yushan is co-supervised by Ginny Rich in the Department of Microbiology.
- Julie Slater (MS student - Environment and Natural Resources; 2016-present)
Julie is working to map the historic distribution of peat bogs in Ohio and investigate how interactions between disturbance and hydrochemistry affect differences in community
composition within and between bogs
Thomas Muller: PhD student at the University of Glasgow (Kelvin Smith Scholarship; 2014 - present)
- Roger is studying the interacting effects of climate change and fire severity on moorland vegetation and carbon dynamics. Roger is currently based in the University
of Glasgow's School of Geographical and Earth Sciences and is co-advised by Prof. Susan Waldron, Prof. Marian Scott (School of Mathematics and Statistics) and Dr. Alan Gray
(Centre for Ecology and Hydrology).
- Thomas is using historic estate maps and records to understand the structure and dynamics of ancient woodlands. Thomas is based in the University of Glasgow's School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
and is co-advised by Prof. Paul Bishop, Dr. David Forrest and Dr. Lauren Parry (School of Interdisciplinary Studies). His project runs in close collaboration with the Dumfries Archival Mapping Project.
- Alyssa Jones: Environmental Science student at The Ohio State University (2015 - present)
- Controls on the germination and establishment succes of woodland pawpaw (Asimina triloba)
- Jordan Redding: Environmental Science student at The Ohio State University (2016 - present)
- Structure and composition of woodland pawpaw patches
Matt is on the thesis committees of the following OSU graduate students:
- Kaitlyn Benson (MS student; SENR)
- Assessing long-term soil quality of restored soils
- Tania Burgos-Hernandez (PhD student; SENR)
- 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
- Liberty Brigner: Research distinction ENR4999 (2015 - 2016)
- The distribution and fruiting performance of pawpaw (Asimina triloba) in the urban woodlands of Columbus
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?