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G. Matthew Davies

G. Matthew Davies

G. Matthew Davies

Associate Professor



412B Kottman Hall
2021 Coffey Rd.,
Columbus, OH

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Research Area(s): 
• Restoration of terrestrial ecosystems
• Post-disturbance vegetation community dynamics
• The use of fire as a management/restoration tool
• Peatland vegetation and carbon dynamics
• Adaptive management of trade-offs between ecosystem services during restoration

Selected Publications

 Davies, G Matt and Julien Bodart. (2015)  Changes in vegetation diversity and composition following livestock removal along an upland elevational gradient. iForest  doi: 10.3832/ifor1557-008.

Fernandes P.M., Davies G.M., Ascoli D., Fernández C., Moreira F., Rigolot E., Stoof C.R., Vega J.A. & Molina D. (2013). Prescribed burning in southern Europe: developing fire management in a dynamic landscape. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 11, e4–e14.[DOI: 10.1890/120298]

Davies G.M., Bakker J.D., Dettweiler-Robinson E., Dunwiddie P.W., Hall S.A., Downs J. & Evans J.R. (2012). Trajectories of change in sagebrush-steppe vegetation communities in relation to multiple wildfires. Ecological Applications, 22, 1562-1577. [DOI: 10.1890/10-2089.1] (PDF available from JFSP)

Davies G.M., Smith A.A., McDonald A.J., Bakker J.D. & Legg C.J. (2010). Fire intensity, fire severity and ecosystem response in heathlands: factors affecting the regeneration of Calluna vulgaris. Journal of Applied Ecology, 47, 356-365. [DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2010.01774.x]

Davies G.M., Legg C.J., Smith A.A. & McDonald A.J. (2009). Rate of spread of fires in Calluna vulgaris-dominated moorlands. Journal of Applied Ecology, 46, 1054-1063. [DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2009.01681.x]

Davies G.M., Legg C.J., Hamilton A. & Smith A.A. (2008). Using visual obstruction to estimate fuel load and structure: the ‘FuelRule' technique. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 17, 380-389. [DOI: 10.1071/WF07021]

Graduate Students

Current Graduate Students

Roger Grau: PhD student at University of Glasgow (Kelvin Smith Scholarship; 2012 - present)

Roger is studying the interacting effects of climate change and fire severity on moorland vegetation and carbon dynamics. Roger is currently based in the University of Glasgow's School of Geographical and Earth Sciences and is co-advised by Prof. Susan Waldron, Prof. Marian Scott (School of Mathematics and Statistics) and Dr. Alan Gray (Centre for Ecology an Hydrology).

Thomas Muller: PhD student at University of Glasgow (Kelvin Smith Scholarship; 2014 - present)

Thomas is using historic estate maps and records to understand the structure and dynamics of ancient woodlands. Thomas is based in the Department of Archaeology and is co-advised by Dr. Chris Dalglish, Dr. David Forrest (School of Geographical and Earth Sciences) and Prof. Paul Bishop (School of Geographical and Earth Sciences). His project runs in close collaboration with the Dumfries Archival Mapping Project.

Prospective Graduate Students:  I am currently looking to recruit dedicated graduate students to work on research projects related to terrestrial ecosystem restoration. Prospective students should feel free to get in touch, but please include a brief resume and a statement of research/interests questions. I am particularly interested in working with students who would like to help develop work on semi-arid ecosystems, the use of prescribed fire as a restoration tool or the restoration of peatland and wetland ecosystems in Ohio or the southern Great Lakes region. I am also happy to receive enquiries from undergraduate students looking to gain research experience.

Research Keywords

  • Ecosystem restoration
  • Peatland
  • Fire ecology
  • Community ecology
  • Vegetation dynamics
  • Natural resource management
  • Carbon dynamics
  • Rangeland
  • Grazing


Recent ESGP Students:

1. Yushan Hao, MS

2. Joanna Kingsbury, PhD

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