Alex GoetzAlex joined the lab as a PhD student in Fall 2018. His research focuses on the impacts of riparian restoration and Tamarix removal on plant communities. He assisted with the lab's 2020 paper on the human dimension of restoration, and current projects include a study on regeneration of Salix trees following Tamarix removal as well as a broad-scale meta-analysis of Tamarix removal outcomes.
Ali joined the lab as a PhD student in 2020. His research focuses on restoration techniques that affect the recovery of plants of degraded in dryland systems. He evaluates the restoration process over a period of years after the end of the implementation of the restoration works. He will pay particular attention to identify the most significant treatments influencing the long-term trajectory of restoring degraded drylands to improve restoration planning in the future.
Aziz Syammach joined the lab as a Ph.D. student in the fall of 2021. His research focuses on applying and standardizing novel techniques to monitor the effectiveness of riparian restoration actions. His current projects include using functional diversity indices and riparian response guilds to monitor plant community response to restoration actions in the Ebro river in Spain and the Garonne river in France. He is also working on a literature review using Automated Content Analysis to synthesis global trends in the river restoration literature
Mandy joined the lab as a MS student in the Fall of 2020. Her research focuses on the relationship of environmental gradients to functional traits of key riparian trees.
Former Students & Post Docs
Annie is a newly minted PhD interested in invasive plant and restoration ecology, particularly in river systems. Current projects include research on the effect of the Diorahbda bio-control on Tamarisk infestations in the southwest, as well as studying the effect of treatment methods on secondary invasions. Annie gears her research toward informing effective management policy and public engagement in science and conservation.
Eduardo is a wetland plant ecologist that joined Dr. Anna Sher's lab in the spring of 2013 on a Marie-Curie International Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme. The main goal of his project was to find universal criteria of success in floodplain forest restoration projects and to explore the factors driving success along paired climatic gradients in southwestern American and European rivers. Before arriving in Denver, Eduardo obtained his PhD in Ecology at the University of Alcala-Madrid (Spain) in 2010 and has been a postdoc fellow at the National Center for Scientific Research, EcoLab-CNRS, Toulouse (2010-2011) and at the Peatland Ecology Research Group of the Université Laval, Quebec, Canada (2011-2013).
Lisa Clark defended her thesis in 2017. Her research focuses on the human side of riparian restoration in the West and how the attitudes of land managers can influence restoration success. She now works for an environmental non-profit in Arizona.
Darin Shulte defended his PhD in 2017 and now holds a position at NASA. He creates state-and-transition models to inform landscape design based on ecological principles.
Joseph Statwick earned his Ph.D. in 2016. He investigated the evolutionary ecology of the largest plant genus, Astragalus. In particular, he was interested in whether its phylogenetics and patterns of physiological traits within the genus can help us understand rarity. He was co-advised by Dr. Jenny Neale at Denver Botanic Gardens. Joe has already published four chapters from his dissertation and is working as an independent consultant.
Pengpeng Yue is a former postdoc who worked on the plant community dynamics associated with riparian restoration. Dr. Pengpeng Yue got her Doctor’s degree in Ecology from Northwest Institute of Plateau Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Hisham El Waer
Hisham El Waer (left) did his PhD dissertation research on restoration after tamarisk removal. He has been assisted in the field and with data analysis by Rob Anderson (right). Dr. El Waer is now a lecturer at Al Fateh University, Tripoli.
Michelle earned her PhD in Spring of 2009. She did her research on the impacts of saltcedar on environmental salinity and the implications for native riparian species revegetation. She is now a lecturer at South Dakota State University.
Stephanie (Strudley) Carroll
Stephanie earned her MS in Summer of 2009. Her work was studying the trophic cascades of the tamarisk biological control agent, Diorhabda elongata. She is now taking care of her two young children.
Maggie Meehan Gaddis
Maggie did her research on the effect of Russian olive on soil nitrogen and the implications for restoration. She went on to work for an environmental education program and is now Chair of the Life Sciences Department for Colorado Community Colleges Online.
Stephanie did her thesis on tamarisk control and implications for restoration, earning her MS in 2006. She now works for the US Environmental Protection Agency office in Denver doing compliance inspections and enforcement work under the Clean Water Act. She manages the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Enforcement Unit. Her married name is DeJong.
Robin Forest Bay
Robin did a multi-state survey of restoration strategies and acheived her MS in Spring 06. She now manages large-scale restoration projects for Habitat Management Inc, a restoration company.
Past Undergraduate Students
Previous years; Organized alphabetically by first name
Amelia Bowman - finishing medical school and applying for a residency in Internal Medicine
Anthony Monzon - applying to medical school
Ben Peters - accepted to graduate program in science
Brittany Catanach - accepted to medical school
Christie Lumpkin - accepted to graduate program in science
Claire Slattery - working in a STEM field
Court Ballinger - working in related field
Delany Roney - applying to graduate school
Eliot Jackson - accepted to graduate program in science
Francesca Aguirre-Wong - accepted to veterinary school
Jessica Williams - working with the Barley Breeding Group at MSU
Joslin Heyward - working in a STEM field
Katie Merewether- Masters student at University of Arizona
Mary Louise Hathorn - working in a related field
Morgan James Anderson - accepted to graduate program in science
Ryan Whitney - working in a STEM field
Selina Martinez - working in a STEM field
Sheena Marie Evans - working in a related field
Stuart Coles - working in a related field
Urte Zableckas - accepted to medical school