Student Restoration Research and Practice Grants

Becky Barak 2016 Student Restoration Research Grant:
Becky Barak, Northwestern University, for her project “Do seed traits predict germination and persistence of plant species in prairie restoration?”
Red Bison 2016 (Inaugural) Student Restoration Practice Grant:
Red Bison, a Student Organization at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for their work on “Restoring prairie patches in an urban landscape to support native biodiversity and reconnect city residents with their region’s ecological heritage”
Amy Alstad 2014 Student Restoration Research Grant:
Amy Alstad, Ph.D. student, Department of Zoology, University of Wisconsin, “Seed size as a determinant of recruitment success in prairie restoration”


Student Oral and Poster Presentation Awards

2017 Best Student Oral Presentations:
Dan R. Gibson, Logan Rowe, Rufus Isaacs, and Douglas A. Landis, Michigan State University, “Integrating agriculture and prairie restoration: native wildflowers can support natural pest suppression.”

2017 Best Student Poster Presentation:
Sean P. Wylie and Todd Aschenbach, Grand Valley State University, “Response of Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica) to fire and herbicide treatments in a degraded sand prairie.”

2016 Best Student Oral Presentations:
James Palus, The Ohio State University, “Environmental influences on canopy disturbance histories in mature oak-hickory forests in southeastern Ohio”

Elsa Anderson, University of Illinois at Chicago, “Evaluating low-input techniques for increading plant diversity in highly degraded sites”

2016 Best Student Poster Presentation:
Emma Oschrin and H.L. Reynolds, Indiana University Bloomington, “Co-occuing invasive plant species: how multiple invasion affect plant community dynamics”

2016 Best Student Poster Presentation, Undergrad:
Jonathon Hileman, Erika M. Holum, Elle M. LeClaire (presenters) with M. Bargy, J. Foster, J. Golan, B. Hibbard, S. Koll, D. McClanahan, A. Slater, S. Vance, S. Zuniga, and R. Mullen, Eureka College, Illinois, “Getting to the root of the problem: botany students turn activist to formulate policy in favor of native plants”

2015 Best Student Oral Presentation:
Rebecca Tonietto, Northwestern University and Chicago Botanic Garden, “Bee community composition along a restoration chronosequence in the Chicago Wilderness region”

2015 Best Student Poster Presentation:
Robert Hevey, Northwestern University and Chicago Botanic Garden, “Ectomycorrhizal community recovery in a Quercus savanna following restoration from a Rhamnus cathartica invasion”

2014 Best Student Oral Presentation:
Malia Volke, South Dakota State University, “The emergence of reservoir deltas in the regulated Missouri River: Opportunities for cottonwood forest restoration”

2014 Best Student Poster Presentation:
Nikol Ross, University of Minnesota, “Effectiveness of nitrate reduction in a constructed wetland receiving tile-drainage water from an agricultural field in along Elm Creek, a Blue Earth River tributary in south central, Minnesota”


Midwest Recipients of SER Awards

We at MWGL are proud of those individuals and projects from our region honored with Society for Ecological Restoration Awards, for special achievements advancing the science and practice of ecological restoration.

2011 JOHN RIEGER AWARD: Dr. Peter C. ‘Rocky’ Smiley Jr.

2009 GOLDEN TROWEL AWARD: Karen Rodriguez

2005 THEODORE M. SPERRY AWARD: William Mitsch

2001 COMMUNICATION AWARD: Paul H. Gobster and R. Bruce Hull

1995 THEODORE M. SPERRY AWARD: Joy Zedler (while in California)

1994 PROJECT FACILITATION AWARD:  University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum’s Wingra Oak Savanna Restoration Project, Molly Fifield-Murray

1994 MODEL PROJECT AWARD: University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum

1994 SERVICE AWARD: William Jordan

Floerkea proserpinacoides

Floerkea proserpinacoides (photo courtesy N. Aten)