Laura J. Phillips-Mao
PhD Thesis Title
Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) Invasion &Impacts: implications for management and restoration of woodland herbs.
Current job description
As a post-doc in Sue Galatowitsch's lab I'm working primarily on two exciting grant-funded projects: 1) developing regional restoration plans to connect fragmented prairie populations in Western MN (in partnership with TNC), and 2) modeling plant responses to climate change in the prairie pothole region of SW Minnesota in order to develop optimal climate change adaptation strategies for Minnesota's prairies and wetlands (in partnership with USFS). I'm also continuing my involvement in Restoring Minnesota--a project to develop online curriculum, training and networking opportunities for restoration practitioner's in Minnesota. Additionally, I'm celebrating my "after(defense)-life" with lots of gardening, camping, running, cooking, photography...and prepping some manuscripts for publication...