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University of Wisconsin–Madison
Joy Zedler

Joy Zedler

Expert on wetland restoration and ecology, reestablishment of native plants, and the interaction of native and exotic species

Professor, botany; director of research, UW Arboretum Work: 608-262-8629 jbzedler@wisc.edu Home page

Topics

  • How hydrological disturbance in wetlands leads to invasion by exotic plants, including reed canary grass and hybrid cattail
  • Problems of wetlands and their restoration in the UW Arboretum, Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest
  • Role of biodiversity in the functioning of ecosystems, especially wetland ecosystem services
  • Adaptive restoration: use of experiments to test new methods for designing, implementing and assessing restoration projects
  • Salt marsh ecology in southern California, including restoration plans and adaptive approaches
  • National Estuarine Research Reserves in California and Wisconsin, especially monitoring and long-term databases

Achievements

  • Aldo Leopold Chair of Restoration Ecology
  • First recipient, William A. Niering Outstanding Educator Award from the Estuarine Research Federation
  • Advisory trustee, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Science editor, "Ecological Restoration"

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