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  • Rebecca L. Brown
    Rebecca L. Brown
    Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology
    SCI 254
    Phone: 509.359.2528

    Eastern Since: 2004

    Undergraduate Degree: George Washington University, 1995, Environmental Science

    Graduate Degree: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2002, Ecology

    Post-Doctoral Work: Academy of Natural Sciences: Patrick Center for Environmental Research, Philadelphia, PA, 2002-2004

    Courses Taught:

    Riparian Ecology (Biol 446), Senior Capstone in Restoration Ecology (Biol 490), Botany (Biol 302), Ecology (Biol 440), Ecology Lab (Biol 441), Field Botany (Biol 411), Biological Investigation (Biol 270), Biological Research Methods I for Graduate Studies (Biol 510), Biology II (Biol 172), Current Topics in Ecology (Biol 514), Environmental Science Senior Seminar (Envs 400)

    Research Interests:

    I am a plant ecologist with a wide range of research interests centered around riparian ecosystems, invasive plant species, and restoration ecology.  Recent projects include:

    •         Riparian vegetation response to dams and dam removal on the Elwha River, Washington,
               location of the largest dam removal project undertaken to date. 

    •         Role of hydrochory (seed dispersal by water) in riparian systems and its restoration after dam
               removal

    •         Restoring Palouse Prairie plant communities

    •         Managing invasive species in Mima Mound prairies at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge

    •         Assessing the relationship between invasive winter annual grasses, particularly Ventenata dubia,
               biological soil crust, climate, and disturbance in arid and semi-arid ecosystems like Eastern
               Washington

    •         Assessing the effect of invasive reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea) monocultures in  
               riparian zones  on stream flow in semi-arid ecosystems

    I am actively recruiting graduate and undergraduate students to carry out research on a wide variety of topics in plant, riparian, or restoration ecology!  If you are interested in working in my lab, please contact me.

    Selected Publications:

    Cubley, E.S., and Brown, R.L. 2016. Restoration of Hydrochory Following Dam Removal on the Elwha River, Washington. River Research and Applications 32: 1566-1575, doi: 10.1002/rra.2999.

    Brown, R.L., L.A.J. Reilly, R.K. Peet. 2016. Species Richness: small scale (Second edition). In: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/9780470015902.a0020488.pub2/abstract.

    Gebauer, A., Brown, R.L., Schwab, S., Nezat, C., and McNeely, C. 2016.  Effects of an Invasive Grass (Phalaris arundinacea) on Water Availability in Semi-Arid Riparian Zones. Wetlands 36: 59-72.

    Bryant, J.A.M., Reynecke, B., and Brown, R.L. 2013.  Geology and topography effects on exotic plant distribution in a semi-arid Mima mound prairie in eastern Washington.  Northwest Science 87: 12-23.

    Nilsson, C., Brown, R.L., Jansson, R., Merritt, D. 2010.  The role of hydrochory in structuring riparian and wetland vegetation.  Biological Reviews 85: 837-858.

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