Alex Roth, Ecologist with Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR), which engages people to protect, restore and enhance the Mississippi River and its watershed in the Twin Cities region. Alex will talk about the large-scale restoration work they are doing at the William Houlton Conservation Area near Elk River. In three years, hundreds of acres of row crops were restored to prairie. FMR is also doing research on different methods as restoration continues.
Alex received his bachelors in Environmental Science from Northwestern University and completed his PhD in Forest Ecology in the Natural Resources Science and Management program at the University of Minnesota, where he also obtained a minor in Risk Analysis for Invasive Species and Genotypes. His research centers on the mechanisms and processes involved in species invasion, with a particular focus on woody invasive plants in Minnesota’s forest ecosystems. He also applies this knowledge to ecosystem restoration strategies to examine the ways in which invasive species eradication methods affect the subsequent regeneration of forest vegetation. Alex comes to FMR with a breadth of experience in both research and land management, having spent time with organizations such as the Ohio EPA, the University of Notre Dame, and The Nature Conservancy.