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Susan Galatowitsch Named 2007-2008 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs.

Greco, Michael D.

This article reports on the appointment of Susan Galatowitsch, professor of restoration ecology in the Department of Horticultural Science, to the Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs for 2007-2008, as well as her plans to use the resources provided by her appointment. Galatowitsch's research is focused primarily on smaller scale wetland ecosystem restoration projects and methods for re-establishing native plant populations, controlling invasive plant species, and analyzing related wildlife habitat loss and recovery. Because she believes there is a critical need to 'scale up' the size of restoration projects, she will use the resources provided by her appointment to focus on several related projects that will advance understanding of landscape-scale restoration projects in the Midwest. The first project will collect and analyze data from a long-term study of restorations sponsored under the federal Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to learn what factors affect landowner decisions to participate in such programs. A second project involves working with resource managers from 10 wildlife preserves along the Mississippi, Minnesota, and Missouri Rivers to identify successful management practices for large-scale restoration efforts in bottomland hardwood forests along the Upper Mississippi River. The final project involves organizing a science and public policy forum on 'Ecosystem Restoration in an Era of Climate Change' in fall 2007 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), University of Minnesota.
Supported through funds provided by the Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
37 (2): 27-28
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Reporter 37 (2)