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Ehrenfeld, Joan G.
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Ehrenfeld, Joan G.


Ph.D., City University of New York, 1975

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Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, New Brunswick; Rutgers
Areas of Interest
Wetland ecology and ecosystems ecology, with a focus on plant-soil interactions.
Teaching Areas
Ecology of Invasive Species and Invasions, Field Methods in Ecology, Principles of Applied Ecology, Ecosystems Ecology and Global Change, Research Methods in Ecology, Wetland Ecology, Restoration Ecology, Ecological Building Design.
Memberships and Professional Service
National Research Council, Member, Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress, 2007-2010; Advisory Committee on Governance, Society of Wetland Scientists, 2006-2007; National Research Council, Member, Water Science and Technology Board, 2004-2010; Advisory Board, Hudsonia (nonprofit organization for environmental research), 2002-present; National Science Foundation Peer-review panel, Biocomplexity Program, Coupled Natural and Human Ecosystems, 2002; Ecological Society of America; New York Academy of Sciences (Life Membership); Torrey Botanical Club; Society of Wetland Scientists; Society for Ecological Restoration; Soil Ecology Society; Soil Society of America; Sigma Xi.
Grants, Honors, and Awards
Delaware River Basin Commission. Delaware Basin State-of-the-Basin Report, 2005-2006, Weedy plant invasions on public conservation lands: using citizen scientists to answer ecological questions, 2005-2008; Dissertation Improvement: Evaluating the effect of plant C and O2 inputs on structuring rhizosphere microbial communities in anaerobic sediments, 2003; Effects of nitrogen supply on the dynamics and control of Japanese barbery and Japanese stiltgrass, 2002 - 2005; Interactions of roots and N in controlling redox chemistry in wetlands (with P. Jaffe, Princeton Univ.), 2000-2003; Research Excellence and Impact Award, Cook College, Rutgers University, 2003.
Academic Interests and Plans
I work in the areas of wetland ecology and ecosystems ecology, focusing on plant-soil interactions, but also working on a wide range of related aspects of plant and soil ecology. My current research includes several studies of the interactions of exotic invasive plants and forest soils and studies of nitrogen cycling in forested wetlands affected by urbanization. I also direct the New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute, a federally-funded program of water-related research and outreach.