National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
735 State St., Suite 300
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Landscape ecology of
aquatic ecosystems, influence of land use patterns on surfacewater chemistry,
human disruption of flood regimes, spatial modeling, ecological economics
Current Projects and Collaborations
Water by Conserving Land:
River Floodplain Project
Landscape Ecology: A Practical Guide to Concepts and Techniques
Graduate Education Research Traineeship (IGERT)
Ph.D. 2001, Zoology, University of Wisconsin, Department of Zoology
Dissertation Title: Human-altered disturbance regimes: effects of flood control along the Wisconsin River.
Thesis Title: Dissolved organic carbon as an indicator of the scale of watershed influence on north temperate lakes and rivers.
McClain, M.E., E.W. Boyer, C.L. Dent, S.E. Gergel, N.B. Grimm, P.M. Groffman, S.C. Hart, J.W. Harvey, C.A. Johnston, E. Mayorga, W.H. McDowell, G. Pinay. In Press. Biogeochemical hot spots and hot moments at the interface of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Ecosystems. In Press.
Gergel, S.E. 2002. Cumulative impact of levees and dams on the duration of temporary floodplain ponds: a terrain model approach for assessing multiple disturbances at broad scales. Ecological Applications 12(6):1740-1754.
Gergel, S.E., M.D. Dixon and M.G. Turner. 2002. Effects of altered disturbance regimes: levees, floods and floodplain vegetation on the Wisconsin River. Ecological Applications 12(6):1755-1770.
Gergel, S.E., M.G. Turner, J.R. Miller, E.H. Stanley, and J.M. Melack. 2002. Landscape indicators of human impacts to riverine systems. Aquatic Sciences 64:118-128.
Gergel, S.E. and M.G.
Turner, editors. 2001. Learning
Landscape Ecology: A Practical Guide to Concepts and Techniques.
Springer-Verlag, New York. 316 pp.
and associated chapters:Gergel, S.E., M.G. Turner and T.K. Kratz. 1999. Dissolved organic carbon as an indicator of the scale of landscape influence on north temperate lakes and rivers. Ecological Applications 9(4):1377-1390.
Harris, L.D., T.S. Hoctor and S.E. Gergel. 1996. Landscape processes and their significance to biodiversity conservation. In O.E. Rhodes, R.K. Chesser, and M.H. Smith, editors. Population Dynamics in Ecological Space and Time. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.
Gergel, S.E., E.M. Bennett, B.K. Greenfield, C.A. Overdevest, B. Stumborg and S. King. A test of the Environmental Kuznets Curve using long-term watershed inputs. Submitted to Ecological Applications.
Grimm, N.B., S.E. Gergel, W.H. McDowell, E.W. Boyer, C.L. Dent, P.M. Groffman, S. Hart, J. Harvey, C.A. Johnston, E. Mayorga, M.E. McClain, and G. Pinay. Merging aquatic and terrestrial perspectives of nutrient biogeochemistry. Submitted to Oecologia.
Turner, M.G., S.E.
Gergel, M.D. Dixon, and J.R. Miller. Distribution and abundance of trees
in floodplain forests of the Wisconsin River: effects of physiography,
land cover and flooding. Submitted to Ecological Applications.
Postdoctoral Associate, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, University of California - Santa Barbara. September 2000 - present.
Instructor, Department of Zoology, University of Wisconsin - Madison. September 1998 - December 1998.Proposal Title: Protecting water by conserving land: the importance of spatial arrangement in influencing ecosystem processes.
Research Assistant, North Temperate Lakes Long Term Ecological Research Program, University of Wisconsin - Madison. January 1995 - December 1997.Description: Plan curricula, instruct, and grade ‘Concepts and Techniques in Landscape Ecology,’ a graduate-level laboratory course.
Teaching Assistant, Department of Zoology, University of Wisconsin - Madison. August - December 1994.Description: Design and conduct M.S. research in aquatic and terrestrial interactions.
Description: Lead two discussion and two laboratory sections of ‘Introductory Biology.’
Intern, CSIRO, Division of Wildlife Ecology, Western Australia, Australia. September - December 1993.Description: use ARC/INFO GIS to locate and map riverine snail habitat.
GIS Technician, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Grizzly Bear Recovery Program, University of Montana. May -Description: Construct GRASS GIS for conservation in agricultural landscape, aid Earthwatch mist-netting expedition.
Research Assistant, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida. May 1992 - May 1993, July 1990 - June 1991.Description: Create ARC/INFO GIS to evaluate landscape connectivity between prospective Grizzly Bear reintroduction sites fragmented by roads, assist captive bear transport.
Intern, Defenders of Wildlife, Washington, DC. June - August 1991.Description: review articles for proposed book in reserve design for Professor Larry Harris, examine effects of forest edge predators on forest interior birds.
Teaching Assistant, August 1990 - June 1991. Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida.Description: Research implications of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act for oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Description: write and administer exams for several hundred students, lead and grade three ‘Wildlife Issues’ discussion sections.
Awards, Grants, and other Professional Activities
member of the Foreign Scholar Travel Award Committee, International Association for Landscape Ecology - U.S. Chapter (US-IALE)
former Student Representative, International Association for Landscape Ecology - U.S. Chapter (US-IALE).
US EPA Grant, ‘Ecological indicators for large river-floodplain landscapes,’ Monica Turner and Emily Stanley, Principal Investigators. Continuing collaboration that has included participation in proposal writing and training of vegetation field crew.
NSF Integrated Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program for Social and Aquatic Sciences. University of Wisconsin - Madison. 1998 - 2000.
US EPA STAR Graduate Fellowship ($102,000), 1998 - 2000.
NSF Graduate Research Traineeship for Integration in Limnology ($35,210), 1995 -1997. Included exchange program with the Center for Streamside Studies at University of Washington - Seattle.