Mark Paschke

Professor and Shell endowed Chair of Restoration Ecology

Dept. of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship

Associate Dean of Research

Warner College of Natural Resources

Research Interests

Restoration and ecology of disturbed ecosystems, soil and rhizosphere biology, ecology of invasive plant species, nitrogen biogeochemistry, biology of Frankia and actinorhizal plants, ecology of plant-microbe interactions.


Jayne Jonas-Bratten

Research Scholar

Community and population ecology, particularly of plants and insects in grassland ecosystems, Plant-insect interactions, Aboveground-Belowground interactions.

Mabruka Abubaira

PhD Student GDPE

Restoring plant diversity following disturbance




Quy Khuc

PhD Student FRS

Forest Restoration

Sasha Victor

Restoring Populations of Threatened Physaria Species in the Piceance Basin


Amber Shanklin

Restoration of Slash Pile Burn Scars 


Garrett Stephens

Improving plant diversity and mule deer habitat in the Piceance Basin, Colorado. 

Current: Conservation Forester, Jefferson Conservation District, Denver CO


Stephanie Barr

Restoration of Surface Disturbances on the Shortgrass steppe

Current: Pawnee National Grassland – United States Forest Service


Catherine Cumberland

Potential role of insect herbivores in promoting sagebrush dominance in the shortgrass steppe

Current: PhD candidate, University of New Mexico


Brett Wolk

Director of Lab and Field Studies

Current: Colorado Forest Restoration Institute


Cassie Kieffer Stube

Interactions between Bromus tectorum L. (Cheatgrass) and native ruderal species in ecological restoration
Project summary or link to full MS thesis (PDF, 375K)

Current: City of Boulder Greenways program, Boulder, CO.


Élan Alford

Plant Selenium Accumulation and the Rhizosphere Effect
Project summary or link to full PhD dissertation (PDF, 2.5MB)

Current: Ecologist, H.T. Harvey and Associates, Los Gatos, CA.


Thomas Grant

Plant-Soil Feedbacks: A Potential Tool to Improve Management of Invasive Knapweeds
Project Summary or link to full PhD dissertation (PDF, 9.7MB)

Current: Current: Lecturer/Graduate Faculty, Western State Colorado University, Gunnison, CO


Ryan Busby

Cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum L.) interactions with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in the North American Steppe: Prevalence and diversity of associations, and divergence from native vegetation
Project Summary, or full PhD dissertation (PDF, 1.8MB)
Current: Ecologist, US Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Champaign, IL.

Zoe Miller

Nitrogen fixation by russet buffaloberry in Colorado conifer forests
Project Summary or full MS thesis (PDF, 864KB)
Current: State Botanist/Ecologist, AIM Program Lead, Bureau of Land Management, Sante Fe, NM

Brock Bowles

Development of a Sagebrush Steppe Plant Community 33 Years After Surface Disturbance
Project Summary or full MS thesis (PDF, 666KB)
Current: Environmental Protection Specialist, Colorado Office of Mining and Reclamation, Denver, CO.

Tim Hoelzle 

Factors controlling long term community development of a sagebrush steppe ecosystem.
Project Summary or full MS thesis (PDF 1MB)
Current: VP, Technical Services, Great Ecology, Denver, CO.

Julie Rieder

Plant Community Ecology

Current: Resident Ecological Scientist, KS2 Ecological Field Services, Fort Collins, CO.


Chris Herron

Using native annual plants to suppress weedy invasive species in post-fire habitats.
Project Summary or full MS thesis (PDF, 425KB)
Current: Natural Resource Specialist and Principle Investigator, Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands, Fort Collins, CO.

Laura Perry

Plant Community Ecology

Current: Science Technician, Ecosystem Dynamics division, USGS Fort Collins Science Center, CO.


Jose Rodolfo Valdez Barillas

Mutualisms relation to swainsonine in oxytropis from the United States and China
Project Summary.

Current: Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University – San Antonio.


Matt Schultz 

Soil ecological interactions of spotted knapweed and native plant species
Project Summary or full MS thesis (PDF, 6MB).

Current: Environmental Scientist, New Mexico Environment Department, Surface Water Quality Bureau, Silver City, NM.