Todd Aschenbach, Ph.D.
Restoration Ecology, Plant Community Ecology
Office: 326 Henry Hall
M.A. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, 2000
B.S. Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 1994
Courses taught at GVSU:
NRM 380 Ecological Restoration and Management
NRM 281 Principles of Soil Science
NRM 495 Trends in Natural Resource Management (Capstone)
NRM 480 Restoration Ecology
My research addresses a simple, yet daunting question: How does one effectively restore or recreate an ecosystem? I address this question within the framework of community assembly theory which integrates aspects of plant succession and species coexistence in order to identify the underlying mechanisms that dictate a species’ membership in a plant community. I have research experience in a variety of ecosystems including wetlands, prairies, and salt-affected plant communities and currently conduct research on longleaf pine savanna restoration in
Aschenbach, T.A., E. Brandt*, M. Buzzard*, R. Hargreaves*, T. Schmidt*, and A. Zwagerman*. 2012. Initial plant growth in sand mine spoil amended with peat moss and fertilizer under greenhouse conditions: Potential species for use in reclamation. Ecological Restoration 30:50-58. *GVSU Biology Undergraduate
Aschenbach, T.A., B.L. Foster, and D.W. Imm. 2010. The Initial Phase of a Longleaf Pine-Wiregrass Savanna Restoration: Species Establishment and Community Responses. Restoration Ecology 18:762-771.
Foster, B.L., C. Murphy, K. Keller, T. Aschenbach, E. Questad and K. Kindscher. 2007. Restoration of Prairie Community Structure and Ecosystem Function in an Abandoned Hayfield: A Sowing Experiment. Restoration Ecology.
Recent Posters and Presentations:
Foster, B. (Presenter & Author), Aschenbach, T. (Author Only), Research Presentation to USFS-Savannah River, US Forest Service - Savannah River, Savannah River Site, Aiken, SC, "Secondary succession, community assembly and restoration in grasslands and savannas", Academic, Regional, Invited. (November 5, 2009).
Aschenbach, T. (Presenter & Author), Foster, B. (Author Only), Imm, D. (Author Only), 19th World Conference on Ecological Restoration, Society for Ecological Restoration International, Perth, Australia, "Positive effects of reducing recruitment limitation: Increases in community composition and productivity in a longleaf pine savanna restoration", Academic, International, Accepted. (August 26, 2009).
Kapolka, C. (Presenter & Author), Aschenbach, T. (Author Only), Foster, B. (Author Only), Imm, D. (Author Only) Student Scholars Day, GVSU, Allendale, MI, "Seed dispersal success of transplanted species in a longleaf pine savannah restoration experiment at the Savannah River Site, South Carolina". Academic, Local, Accepted. (poster presentation; April 8, 2009).
*Kapolka, C, T.A. Aschenbach, B. L. Foster, and D. W. Imm. January 2009. Seed dispersal success of transplanted species in a longleaf pine savannah restoration experiment at the Savannah River Site,
*Chambers, D. R, T.A. Aschenbach, B. L. Foster, and D. W. Imm. January 2008. Flowering success of transplanted species in a longleaf pine savannah restoration experiment at the Savannah River Site,
Aschenbach, T.A., B.L. Foster, D.W. Imm, and N. Drozda. August 2007. Community Assembly and Longleaf Pine Savanna Restoration. Ecological Society of America/Society for Ecological Restoration Joint Meeting,
Aschenbach, T.A., B.L. Foster, and D.W. Imm. April 2007. Large-Scale Restoration of Longleaf Pine Savanna Understory Communities at the
Aschenbach, T.A., B.L. Foster, and D.W. Imm. November 2006. Longleaf Pine Plant Community Restoration at the
Aschenbach, T.A., B. L. Foster, and D.W. Imm. August 2006. A Tale of Two Ecosystems: Comparing Community Assembly Approaches to Restoration from a Prairie Restoration in
Foster, B.L., K. Keller, C. Murphy, and T.A. Aschenbach. August 2006. Effects of Tallgrass Prairie Restoration and Accelerated Succession on Plant Diversity and Ecosystem Function. 5th European Conference on Restoration Ecology,
Aschenbach, T.A., B. L. Foster, and D.W. Imm. March 2006. Restoration of Pine
Aschenbach, T.A. August 2005. Priority Effects Along a Nitrogen Gradient in an Early Successional Grassland. Ecological Society of
Aschenbach, T.A. August 2004. Wall Street’s Guide to Prairie Planting. 19th North American Prairie Conference.
Aschenbach, T.A. and K. Kindscher. November 2003. Geographical Variation in Salt Tolerance in Pascopyrum smithii (Rydb.) A. Löve and Distichlis spicata (L.) Green. Society for Ecological Restoration 15th Annual International Conference.
Aschenbach, T.A., K. Kindscher, and B. L. Foster. August 2003. Dispersal Limitation in an Early Successional Grassland. Ecological Society of
Aschenbach, T.A. and K. Kindscher. June 2002. Comparison of Planting Treatments in a Tallgrass Prairie Restoration. 18th North American Prairie Conference.
Aschenbach, T.A. and K. Kindscher. August 2001. Comparison of Planting Strategies in a Tallgrass Prairie Restoration. Ecological Society of
Aschenbach, T.A. and K. Kindscher. September 1999. Plant Community Composition at
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