Joy Zedler to retire
During their land-based research, students helped the Arboretum fulfill its mission, “to conserve and restore Arboretum lands, advance restoration ecology, and foster the land ethic.” When students graduated, they developed careers in academia, natural resource agencies, nongovernmental conservation organizations, and private business (see attached). In their jobs, they continued to improve the practice and science of ecosystem restoration and to fulfill The Wisconsin Idea by advancing restoration well beyond the borders of the state.
The 38 graduate students, uncounted undergraduate researchers, and many Adaptive Restoration classes all helped provide the Arboretum with a strong foundation for science-based land care, a primary responsibility of the LC. Students published their work in journals and in Arboretum Leaflets (free at arboretum.wisc.edu/science/research/leaflets), and one contributed a chapter to Foundations of Restoration Ecology, 2nd edition (Palmer, Zedler & Falk, eds., in press). The work of several students appears in textbooks and in my eBook on coastal wetlands (free at trnerr.org/SaltMarshSecrets). More mentions of Arboretum research will appear in a 2017 review of Adaptive Restoration (invited for Estuaries and Coasts as a CERF/Odum Awardee).
What next? The view forward looks familiar—advocating science-based wetland restoration, continued work on the California Delta Independent Science Board, advising The Nature Conservancy (e.g., restoration of Ormond Beach wetlands, CA), helping the US Fish and Wildlife Service manage an endangered plant that we reintroduced to San Diego Bay 20 years ago, and advising our local Town of Dunn on how to protect Waubesa Wetlands. And, of course, helping the grandkids develop their ‘Inner Botanist.’