University of Wisconsin - Green Bay


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Mathew Dornbush

Mathew Dornbush

Fall 2010

"Evaluating the mechanisms promoting the dominance of the exotic herb Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) in a Wisconsin, USA forest"

Grant in Aid of Research

Final Report: "Proposal Overview: This Fall 2010 GIAR proposal sought funds to 1) continue to support my, and my students’, work at two ongoing experimental projects at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Green Bay, WI aimed at understanding forest understory invasion by Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard). Garlic mustard is widely considered the most serious understory invader in eastern North American forests, costing land management agencies hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for its control (Rodgers et al. 2008). In addition this proposal requested funds to help cover the publication costs of several manuscripts that were under peer-review for publication in international research journals. Deliverables: Funds from the GIAR were used, as requested, to 1) cover the general ongoing costs of my garlic mustard projects, including the measurement of root production, purchasing insect collection jars and insect preservatives, and the cost of native seeds for a propagule limitation experiments. This work contributed directly to the completion of two Environmental Science and Policy M.S. theses. Mandy Peterson completed her thesis, “Interactive effects of native plants and the exotic Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) on emergent insects and root production in a northeastern Wisconsin forest.” in Spring of 2012. A formal manuscript summarizing her findings is currently in preparation. Joshua Martinez’s also completed his thesis in Spring 2012, “Facilitation as a potential tool for understory restoration in an overgrazed, invaded woodland in northeastern Wisconsin.” His thesis findings were published in a peer-review journal in 2013 (Martinez and Dornbush. 2013. Invasive Plant Science and Management 6: 219-230). I also 2) requested funds to aid with the publication of two additional manuscripts related to my garlic mustard project. Both manuscripts are now either published, or currently in press (Hahn and Dornbush. 2012. Biological Invasions 14: 449-460; Dornbush and Hahn. In Press. Biological Invasions). However, do to the timing of their publication and the availability of additional funding opportunities, their publication costs were met by additional, non-GIAR sources."


Fall 2008

"Completing the Scientific Method"

Grant in Aid of Research


Spring 2006

"Mechanisms by which one Invasive Species maintains its Dominance within Northeast Wisconsin Forests"

Grant in Aid of Research