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Joy Zedler

Joy Zedler

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

Professor Emerita, botany College of Letters and Science Work: 608-262-8629 Home page


  • 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


  • 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"