Welcome to the Matthews Lab

cook581-3Ecological restoration is increasingly employed as an environmental strategy for reversing biodiversity loss and improving human well-being by enhancing the provisioning of ecosystem services.  However, restoration outcomes have been difficult to predict and restorations often fail to meet expected goals.

The goal of our research is to apply knowledge of ecology to challenges in restoration, conservation and invasive plant management.  Most of our research is conducted in freshwater wetlands.  Current research themes include the effects of landscape context on restoration outcomes, the impacts of flood disturbance on wetland plant communities, the distribution and impact of invasive plants, and the effectiveness of compensatory wetland mitigation policies.