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Kern Ewing

Professor, Plant Ecology

Degrees:
B.S., Civil Engineering, Texas Tech, 1962
M.A., Sociology, Texas Tech, 1970
M.S., Botany, University of Washington, 1978
Ph.D., Botany, University of Washington, 1982


Ecology Lab and Students


Graduates of the Program


Homepage For: ESRM 479, Restoration Design

Homepage for: ESRM 462-63-64, Restoration Capstone Course

Homepage For: ESRM 473, Restoration Ecology

Homepage for: ESRM 472, Wetland Ecology

Homepage for: ESRM 490b, Summer Field Restoration Site Assessment

Link to UW Restoration Ecology Network


Research

Research Interests:
My interests include the restoration of a number of different ecosystem types in the western U.S. These include freshwater wetlands, coastal wetlands, prairie, shrub-steppe, arid lands, oak woodlands, oak savanna, montane and thornscrub vegetation types.

Current Research:
My current interest is uniting the technology of production horticulture with ecological expertise in the installation and management of restored systems. My research has been in the Pacific Northwest, Hudson Bay Lowlands, salt desert systems of the Intermountain West, thornscrub of southern and central Texas and northern Mexico and in coastal Louisiana. I have worked on the community ecology and ecophysiology of plants in these environments.

Recent Publications:

          Ottinger, G., R. Worthington, W. Gold, K. Ewing, J. Fridley and R. Pond.  2014. Interdisciplinary community-based research with disciplinary expertise: bridging two (or more) cultures in undergraduate projects.  Currents in Teaching and Learning, Vol. 5, No. 1 and 2, p 4-17.

Hough-Snee, N., L.L. Nackley, S-H. Kim and K. Ewing. In Press. Life history strategies explain plant performance under environmental stress: the effects of flooding and fertilization on the growth and allocation of two wetland sedges. Aquatic Botany. DOI: 10.1016/j.aquabot.2014.03.001

Hardwick, K., P. Fiedler, L.C. Lee, B. Pavlik, R. Hobbs, J. Aronson, M. Bidartondo, E. Black, D. Coates, M. Dawes, K. Dixon, S. Elliot, K. Ewing, G. Gann, D. Gibbons, J. Gratzfeld, M. Hamilton, D. Hardman, J. Harris, P. Holmes, D. Mabberley, A. Mackenzie, C. Magdalena, R. Marrs, A. Mills, E. Lughada, M. Ramsay, P. Smith, N. Taylor, C. trivedi, M. Way, O. Whaley, S. Hopper. 2011. Defining the role of botanic gardens in the science and practice of ecological restoration. Conservation Biology.25(2):265-275

          Hough-Snee, N., A.L. Long, L. Jeroue and K. Ewing. 2011. Mounding alters environmental filters that drive plant community development in a novel grassland. Ecological Engineering 37(11): 1932-1936. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2011.06.013

Hough-Snee, N.W., J.D. Bakker and K. Ewing. 2011. The long-term effects of initial site treatment on fescue abundance in a novel grassland. Ecological Restoration 29(1-2): 14-17. 

Shebitz, D., K. Ewing and J. Gutierrez. 2009. Preliminary observations of using smoke-water to increase low-elevation beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax) germination.  Native Plant Journal 10(1):13-20.

Gold, W., K. Ewing, J.Banks, M. Groom, T. Hinckley, D. Secord and D. Shebitz. 2006. Collaborative Ecological Restoration. Science 312:1880-1881.

Kim, K.D., K. Ewing and D. E. Giblin . 2006. Controlling Phalaris arundinacea (reed canarygrass) with live willow stakes: a density-dependent response. Ecological Engineering 27:219-227..

Ewing, K., S. Windhager and M. McCaw. 2005. Effects of summer burning and mowing on central Texas juniper-oak savanna communities during drought conditions. Ecological Restoration 23(4):255-260.

Carney, L. T., J.R. Waaland, T. Klinger and K. Ewing. 2005. Restoration of the bull kelp Nereocystis luetkeana in nearshore rocky habitats. Marine Ecology Progress Series 302:49-61.

Cahill, A., L. Chalker-Scott and K. Ewing. 2005. Wood chip mulch imporves woody plant survival and establishment at no-maintenance restoration site (Washington). Ecological Restoration 23(3):212-213.

Ewing, K. and C. Best. 2004. South Texas Tamaulipan thornscrub restoration experiment measures growth of planted woody vegetation. Ecological Restoration 22:11-17.

Ewing, K. 2002. Effects of initial site treatments on early growth and three-year survival of Idaho fescue. Restoration Ecology 10:282-288.

Ewing, K. 2002. Mounding as a technique for restoration of prairie on a capped landfill in the Puget Sound lowlands. Restoration Ecology 10:289-296.

Marzluff, J. and K. Ewing. 2001. Restoration of fragmented landscapes for the conservation of birds: a general framework and specific recommendations for urbanizing landscapes. Restoration Ecology 9:280-292.

Ewing, K. 2000. Environmental gradients and vegetation structure on South Texas coastal clay dunes. Madroņo 46(4):10-20..

Mazer, G., D. Booth and K. Ewing. 2001. Limitations to vegetation establishment and growth in vegetated stormwater biofilters. Ecological Engineering 17(4)..

Drake, D.C., K. Ewing and P. Dunn. 1998. Germination of native plant seeds from the south Puget Sound prairies of Washington state. Restoration and Management Notes, 16(1):33-40.

Ewing, K., K.L. McKee and I.A. Mendelssohn. 1997. A comparison of field indicators of sub-lethal stress in the salt marsh grass, Spartina patens. Estuaries, 20: 48-65.

Ewing, K. 1996. Tolerance of four wetland species to flooding and sediment deposition. Environmental and Experimental Botany 36: 131-146.

Ewing, K., K.L. McKee, I.A. Mendelssohn and M.W. Hester. 1995. A comparison of indicators of sub-lethal nutrient stress in the salt marsh grass, Spartina patens. Environmental and Experimental Botany 35: 331-343.

Ewing, K., K.L. McKee, I.A. Mendelssohn and M.W. Hester. 1995. A comparison of indicators of sub-lethal salinity stress in the salt marsh grass, Spartina patens. Aquatic Botany 52: 59-74.


Kern Ewing, Professor
University of Washington,
College of Forest Resources,
Center for Urban Horticulture, Box 354115
 Seattle, Washington, USA 98195


Email -- kern@u.washington.edu
Web -- http://faculty.washington.edu/kern/

Phone -- (206) 543-4426



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