Selected Research Projects
- Effects of Honeysuckle Removal on Biodiversity and Species Richness of Understory Vegetation. A paper based on this research was published in the journal “Ecological Restoration.”
- Form and function of beaver-dredged canals in an urban wetland.
- Effects of ecological restoration on avian communities and populations.
- Beaver food preference.
- Soil microbial diversity in a restored landscape.
- Turtle parasite loads in a groundwater-fed wetland.
Because it is a high quality natural area right on the Marian University campus, the EcoLab has been the subject of many research investigations. Research monitoring the effects of the current restoration activities on birds, amphibians, and vegetation is on-going. Each year, several more research projects are done in the EcoLab by Marian University students and faculty. Volunteers and other researchers can get involved as well. For example, birders can participate in a walking survey of the avifauna of the EcoLab. Others with a particular taxonomic, geological, or biological expertise are also invited to help us learn more about this important area.