CFR 503 - Journal Club - Winter 2010
aka "Current Issues in Restoration Ecology and Environmental Horticulture"

Meeting Time and Location
We meet on Fridays from 4-5 pm in DRC 103.

Discussions are facilitated by:

  • Jon Bakker
  • Kern Ewing
  • Jim Fridley
  • Soo-Hyung Kim
  • Sarah Reichard

Discussion board

A discussion board for this quarter's Journal Club is available here:

It can be used in many ways:

  • Weekly leaders can post questions or comments before class to guide our reading (and the in-class discussion).
  • People can continue discussions beyond class time.
  • Folks that have to be in the field or are sick can still participate.
  • Folks can post relevant articles.



Leader(s) & Topic




Faculty - evolutionary limits of invasives

Lankau, Nuzzo, Spyreas & Davis. 2009. Evolutionary limits ameliorate the negative impact of an invasive plant. PNAS 106(36):15362-15367.

Note correction to graphs on last page


Chessa & Drew - conservation genetics

Pierson, Keiffer, McCarthy & Rogstad. 2007. Limited reintroduction does not always lead to rapid loss of genetic diversity: an example from the American chestnut (Castanea dentata; Fagaceae). Restoration Ecology 15:420-429.

Sniezko. 2006. Resistance breeding against nonnative pathogens in forest trees - current successes in North America. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology 28:S270-S279.

Sniezko (2006) is supplemental / optional.  It gives some good background about Chestnut blight and the history of the genetic resistance breeding program.  For this discussion, only the intro and pages 6-7 are relevant.


Dan, Jake

Seo, K.W., Y. Son, C.C. Rhoades, N.J. Noh, J.W. Koo, and J-G. Kim. 2008. Seedling growth and heavy metal accumulation of candidate woody species for revegetating Korean mine spoils. Restoration Ecology 16:702-712.

Kotrba, P., J. Najmanova, T. Macek, T. Ruml, and M. Mackova. 2009. Genetically modified plants in phytoremediation of heavy metal and metalloid soil and sediment pollution. Biotechnology Advances 27:799-810.

Seo is the primary reading, with Kotrba (sections 1,2,6,7) for background. Sections 1 and 2 provide some general overview of phytoremediation, while 6 and 7 treat the issues surrounding use of transgenics, which we will offer as a possible subject for discussion if people are interested and time permits.


Jenny, Amanda

Gardali, T, AL Holmes, SL Small, N Nur, GR Geupel, and GH Golet. 2006. Abundance patterns of landbirds in restored and remnant riparian forests on the Sacramento River, California, U.S.A. Restoration Ecology 14:391-403.



Katie, Brooke, Mia

Metz, D., and L. Weigel. 2009. The language of conservation: how to communicate effectively to build support for conservation 



Lab meetings




Ali, Matt

Kuparinen, A., O. Savolainen, and F.M. Schurr. 2010. Increased mortality can promote evolutionary adaptation of forest trees to climate change. Forest Ecology and Management 259: 1003-1008.

Allen, C.D., Macalady, Chenchouni, Bachelet, McDowell, Vennetier, Kitzberger, et al. 2010. A global overview of drought and heat-induced tree mortality reveals emerging climate change risks for trees. Forest Ecology and Management 259:660-684.

Kuparinen et al (2010) is the required reading.

Allen et al (2010) is the background article to be skimmed through; the Discussion section on page 668 is of particular relevance.



Various articles from Botanical Gazette, 1882-1895.

This week's journal articles hail from between 1882 and 1895. Please read them with a bent towards a "then-and-now" themed discussion about both how the science, techniques, and knowledge of invasive weed botany and management have NOT changed in more than 120 years, and what we should all learn from this.

PS. I've added little red arrows to indicate where the articles begin, just to help you find your place in these older documents.


Ian, Anna

Dufour, S., & H. Piegay. 2009. From the myth of a lost paradise to targeted river restoration: forget natural references and focus on human benefits. River Research and Applications 25:568-581.




General Administration. 2006. Action to contain New Zealand mud snails at Capitol Lake. News release.

General Administration. 2007. Capitol Lake Adaptive Management Plan: Creation of Capitol Lake. CLAMP Fact Sheet #7.

General Administration. 2009. Capitol Lake Adaptive Management Plan (CLAMP). Issue Paper #2 - Fish and Wildlife.

Don't be scared off by 3 pdfs...  two are super short and the third has lots of bullet points.  My apologies to those who feel JC is incomplete without a peer reviewed article!   Also, note that the "Creation of Capitol Lake" pdf starts on the right side of the page ("How did we get here?"), then switches to the left side of the page ("How did we get here, continued").

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