damschenheadshot2015Associate Professor

Department of Zoology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Email: damschen [at] wisc.edu; Phone: 608-262-2636

As an ecologist and conservation biologist, I am interested in how local and regional ecological processes affect species diversity with a particular emphasis on how human-induced global changes affect their relative importance. My approach lies at the intersection of basic and applied ecology, using long-term datasets and large-scale experiments from terrestrial plant communities to test basic theory with relevance to applied conservation management. Current projects in the Damschen Lab include:

  1. How connectivity affects plant community dynamics
  2. How habitat arrangement affects seed dispersal
  3. How local and landscape factors affect community restoration
  4. Understanding ecological contingency in climate change effects
  5. What controls edaphic endemic plant diversity
  6. If species functional traits can predict responses to global change
  7. Relationships among functional traits

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Our study sites include tallgrass prairies and oak savannas of the midwest, southeastern longleaf pine woodlands (Savannah River Site, SC; Fort Bragg, NC; Fort Stewart, GA), and rocky outcrop communities in southwestern Oregon and the Ozarks.