Brian Ohsowski, PhD
As an educator, I teach courses focused on restoration ecology and conservation biology at IES. In my courses, I deliver course content necessary to understand the current state of human impacted systems by emphasizing approaches and challenges in applied ecology. I am especially interested in contemporary threats to biodiversity, including habitat fragmentation, the spread of invasive species, and global climate change. Students will understand how the science of ecological systems can be used to address issues in habitat conservation and restoration. In addition, I am actively engaged in the future career success of my students. Therefore, I spend time working with students on skills necessary to compose cover letters/resumes and relay the importance of ecological internships.
- PhD in Biology at University of British Columbia
- MSc in Ecology and Organismal Biology at Eastern Michigan University
- BSc in Biology at Eastern Michigan University
As a research scientist, I am invested in the preservation and, when necessary, restoration of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. My research strives to counteract human-induced impacts on the landscape that range from localized disturbances (i.e. deforestation/resource extraction) to global climate change. My research interests investigate practical, ecologically-based methods to assist the recovery of plant, animal, and soil communities after habitat disturbance. In my research, I integrate remediation tools that reduce human waste and sequester greenhouse gases in addition to creating quality native habitat. Such amendments can include soil additions (i.e municipal compost, biochar, biosolids) or biotic inoculation (i.e. arbuscular mycorrhizae, n-fixing bacteria, earthworms). With the addition of these amendments, human waste streams can be reduced, biofuels produced, and habitat recovery can be accelerated.
My current research focus is two-fold: (1) I investigate soil biogeochemical cycles, soil food webs, and native plant community recovery in severely disturbed mine areas. (2) I am part of a wetland ecology team at Loyola University Chicago which investigates Typha x glauca invasion dynamics in coastal Great Lakes marshes. For more information, please visit my website.