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Dr. Beth A. Lawrence

Assistant Professor (Wetland & Plant Ecology)

Department of Natural Resources & the Environment

Center for Environmental Science and Engineering


University of Connecticut
U-4087, 1376 Storrs Road
Storrs, CT 06269-4087

Room #330
Phone: (860) 486-0259


Research Interests

Broadly, I am interested in applied research related to wetland plant ecology, restoration ecology, carbon cycling, and the consequences of plant invasion. I am particularly interested in how different plant species influence ecosystem function and how we can manipulate species composition during restoration to promote diverse, functional communities



Ph. D. 2011

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Botany

M.S. 2005

Oregon State University, Botany & Plant Pathology

B.S. 2001

Cornell University, Natural Resources


2016 - Present

Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut; Natural Resources & the Environment, Center for Environmental Science & Engineering

2012 - 2015

Assistant Professor, DePaul University; Dept. of Environmental Science and Studies

2011 - 2012

Post-doctoral Researcher, Loyola University Chicago



  • Lawrence, B. A., Lishawa, S. C., Rodriguez, Y., & Tuchman, N. C.  2015. Herbicide management of invasive cattail (Typha × glauca) increases porewater nutrient concentrations. Wetlands Ecology and Management, doi: 10.1007/s11273-015-9471-x

  • Lishawa, S., Lawrence, B. A., Albert, D., Tuchman, N. 2015. Biomass harvest of invasive Typha promotes plant diversity in a Great Lakes coastal wetland. Restoration Ecology, doi: 10.1111/rec.12167.

  • Lawrence, B.A., R.J. Jackson, and C. Kucharik. 2013. Testing the stability of carbon in Carex stricta-dominated sedge meadows. Applied Soil Ecology 71: 48-57.

  • Lawrence, B.A., T.J. Fahey, and J.B. Zedler. 2013.  Root dynamics of  Carex stricta­-dominated tussock meadows. Plant and Soil 1-2: 325-329.

  • Lawrence, B.A. and T.N. Kaye. 2011. Reintroduction of Castilleja levisecta: Effects of ecological similarity, source population genetics, and habitat quality. Restoration Ecology 19: 166-176.

  • Lawrence, B.A. and J.B. Zedler. 2011. Formation of tussocks by sedges: effects of hydroperiod and nutrients.  Ecological Applications 21: 1745-1759.  

  • Lawrence, B.A., H. Wu, Q. Liu.  2009.  Developing an interdisciplinary restoration plan for Napahai Wetland, Yunnan, China.  Ecological Restoration 27: 18-20.

  • Lawrence, B.A. and T.N. Kaye.  2008.  Direct and indirect effects of host plants: Implications for reintroduction of an endangered hemiparasitic plant (Castilleja levisecta).  Madroño 55: 151-158.

  • Wagner, K., S. Gallagher, M. Hayes, B.A. Lawrence, and J.B. Zedler.  2008.  Wetland restoration in the new millennium: Do research efforts match opportunities?  Restoration Ecology 16: 367-372.

  • Lawrence, B.A. and T.N. Kaye.  2006.  Habitat variation throughout the historic range of golden paintbrush, a Pacific Northwest prairie endemic: Implications for reintroduction.  Northwest Science 80: 140-152.

  • Lawrence, B.A. and T.N. Kaye.  2005.  Growing Castilleja for restoration and the garden.  Rock Garden Quarterly 63: 128-134.

  • Lawrence, B.A., F.C. Fisk, T.J. Fahey, and E.R. Suárez.  2003.  Influence of non-native earthworms on mycorrhizal colonization of sugar maple (Acer saccharum).  New Phytologist 157: 145-153.

  • Bowles, M, Lawrence, B., Antlitz, D.  Thinning effects on woody structure, canopy openness, and groundlayer diversity in a burned mesic silt-loam oak savanna. The Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society: In press

  • Lawrence, B.A., Lishawa, S.C., Hurst, N., Castillo, B.T., and Tuchman, N.C. Wetland invasion by Typha x glauca increases soil methane emissions. Aquatic Botany (2016). doi: 10.1016/j.aquabot.2016.11.012

  • Lawrence, B.A., Burke, K., Lishawa, S.C., & Tuchman, N.C. Typha invasion associated with reduced aquatic macroinvertebrate abundance in northern Lake Huron coastal wetlands. Journal of Great Lakes Research (2016). doi: 10.1016/j.jglr.2016.08.009

  • Klimas C, Williams A, Hoff M, Lawrence B, Thompson J, Montgomery J.  Valuing ecosystem services and disservices across heterogeneous urban green spaces. Sustainability (2016). doi: 10.3390/su8090853.

Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4087
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-4087
Phone: 860-486-2840