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Lawrence


 

Dr. Beth A. Lawrence

Assistant Professor (Wetland & Plant Ecology)

Department of Natural Resources & the Environment

Center for Environmental Science and Engineering

 

University of Connecticut
U-4087, 1376 Storrs Road
Storrs, CT 06269-4087


Room #330
Tel: (860) 486-0259

Email: Beth.Lawrence@uconn.edu

Website

Research Interests

 

Broadly, I am interested in applied research related to wetland plant ecology, restoration ecology, carbon cycling, and the consequences of plant invasion. I am particularly interested in how different plant species influence ecosystem function and how we can manipulate species composition during restoration to promote diverse, functional communities

 

 

Education

Ph. D. 2011

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Botany

M.S. 2005

Oregon State University, Botany & Plant Pathology

B.S. 2001

Cornell University, Natural Resources

 

Experience

2016- present

Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut; Natural Resources & the Environment, Center for Environmental Science & Engineering

2012-2015

Assistant Professor, DePaul University; Dept. of Environmental Science and Studies

2011-2012

Post-doctoral Researcher, Loyola University Chicago

 

Publications

 

Lawrence, B. A., Lishawa, S. C., Rodriguez, Y., & Tuchman, N. C.  2015. Herbicide management of invasive cattail (Typha × glauca) increases porewater nutrient concentrations. Wetlands Ecology and Managementdoi: 10.1007/s11273-015-9471-x

Lishawa, S., Lawrence, B. A., Albert, D., Tuchman, N. 2015. Biomass harvest of invasive Typha promotes plant diversity in a Great Lakes coastal wetland. Restoration Ecology, doi: 10.1111/rec.12167.

Lawrence, B.A., R.J. Jackson, and C. Kucharik. 2013. Testing the stability of carbon in Carex stricta-dominated sedge meadows. Applied Soil Ecology 71: 48-57.

Lawrence, B.A. and J.B. Zedler. 2013Carbon storage by Carex stricta tussocks: a restorable ecosystem service? Wetlands 33: 483-493.

Lawrence, B.A., T.J. Fahey, and J.B. Zedler. 2013.  Root dynamics of  Carex stricta­-dominated tussock meadows. Plant and Soil 1-2: 325-329.

Lawrence, B.A. and T.N. Kaye. 2011. Reintroduction of Castilleja levisecta: Effects of ecological similarity, source population genetics, and habitat quality. Restoration Ecology 19: 166-176.

Lawrence, B.A. and J.B. Zedler. 2011. Formation of tussocks by sedges: effects of hydroperiod and nutrients.  Ecological Applications 21: 1745-1759.  

Lawrence, B.A., H. Wu, Q. Liu.  2009.  Developing an interdisciplinary restoration plan for Napahai Wetland, Yunnan, China.  Ecological Restoration 27: 18-20.

Lawrence, B.A. and T.N. Kaye.  2008.  Direct and indirect effects of host plants: Implications for reintroduction of an endangered hemiparasitic plant (Castilleja levisecta).  Madroño 55: 151-158.

Wagner, K., S. Gallagher, M. Hayes, B.A. Lawrence, and J.B. Zedler.  2008.  Wetland restoration in the new millennium: Do research efforts match opportunities?  Restoration Ecology 16: 367-372.

Lawrence, B.A. and T.N. Kaye.  2006.  Habitat variation throughout the historic range of golden paintbrush, a Pacific Northwest prairie endemic: Implications for reintroduction.  Northwest Science 80: 140-152.

Lawrence, B.A. and T.N. Kaye.  2005.  Growing Castilleja for restoration and the garden.  Rock Garden Quarterly 63: 128-134.

Lawrence, B.A., F.C. Fisk, T.J. Fahey, and E.R. Suárez.  2003.  Influence of non-native earthworms on mycorrhizal colonization of sugar maple (Acer saccharum).  New Phytologist 157: 145-153.

Bowles, M, Lawrence, B., Antlitz, D.  Thinning effects on woody structure, canopy openness, and groundlayer diversity in a burned mesic silt-loam oak savanna. The Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society: In press

Lawrence, B.A., Lishawa, S.C., Hurst, N., Castillo, B.T., and Tuchman, N.C. Wetland invasion by Typha x glauca increases soil methane emissions. Aquatic Botany (2016). doi: 10.1016/j.aquabot.2016.11.012

Lawrence, B.A., Burke, K., Lishawa, S.C., & Tuchman, N.C. Typha invasion associated with reduced aquatic macroinvertebrate abundance in northern Lake Huron coastal wetlands. Journal of Great Lakes Research (2016). doi: 10.1016/j.jglr.2016.08.009

Klimas C, Williams A, Hoff M, Lawrence B, Thompson J, Montgomery J.  Valuing ecosystem services and disservices across heterogeneous urban green spaces. Sustainability (2016). doi: 10.3390/su8090853.

 

Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4087
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-4087
Phone: 860-486-2840