NRES Faculty Member Directing Multiple Projects

June 26, 2014
Dr. Jeffrey W. Matthews

The following projects are being conducted at the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL under the Direction of Dr. Jeffrey Matthews (jmatthew@illinois.edu). NRES graduate students working with Dr. Matthews are featured on page 19 in Wetland Science & Practice, Vol. 31, No. 2 June 2014.

Soil organic matter and aggregate development in restored freshwater wetlands. George Geatz, an NRES Ph.D. student, plans to explore vegetation and soil management activities that may promote soil development. The project is expected to be completed in Spring 2018. Contact: ggeatz@illinois.edu.

Tradeoffs among ecosystem services in restored wetlands. Jordan Jessop, an NRES M.S. student, and collaborators measured decomposition rates, denitrification potential, herbaceous plant biomass, soil organic content, flood water storage potential and the diversity of plants, birds and anurans at 30 compensatory mitigation wetlands. They have found a clear tradeoff between biodiversity support and nutrient-cycling processes in these wetlands. This study is expected to be completed this spring. Contact: jessop2@illinois.edu.

Survival and growth of planted trees and recruitment of naturally colonizing trees in a restored floodplain forest. Adrianna Krzywicka, an NRES M.S. student, will relate tree species establishment to soil saturation, light availability and distance from seed sources and explore the potential for using soil magnetic susceptibility as a proxy for soil moisture when planting restored wetlands. Expected completion in Fall 2015. Contact: krzywic1@illinois.edu.

Is inter-wetland distance or local environmental factors better for predicting the occurrence and composition of non-native plant species in wetlands adjacent to roadways? Dennis Skultety, an NRES M.S. student, is evaluating this question for roadways in the Chicago region. He will use wetland data collected by the Illinois Natural History Survey at more than 2000 wetland delineation sites in his assessment. The study is expected to be completed in Fall 2015. Contact: skultety@illinois.edu.


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