Projects

Although perennial vegetation is known to provide beneficial ecosystem services, there is insufficient information about the type, quantity, and spatial arrangements of perennial vegetation to optimally integrate it into agricultural landscapes. This team of scientists working to fill this information need by evaluating the functional value of strategically placed prairie within corn and soybean fields. Click here for a full website dedicated to this project...

People in Ecosystems/Watershed Integration (PEWI) is a simple spreadsheet tool designed to provide a scientific platform for teaching, discussing, and evaluating agricultural watershed management. PEWI encourages users to think through the complexity of social-ecological systems and their associated trade-offs, and build comprehensive understanding of system outputs and outcomes at multiple scales. Click here for more a full website dedicated to this project...

The goal of this project is to determine biodiversity impacts of land restoration associated with clean and renewable energy development; specifically, natural gas production through anaerobic digestion of hog manure and native plant material.  Funds from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Big Rivers Landscape Cooperation (LCC) will be used to establish a robust scientific design, monitor biodiversity response to prairie restoration, and disseminate study results through reports, presentations, publications, and news releases. Wildlife taxa of interest include birds, pollinators, reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals.