Lab Focus: The P. Zedler lab group focuses on plan ecological studies related to ecosystem management, conservation, restoration, and disturbance ecology.
More recently, the lab has embraced the general topic of interdisciplinarity and its role in solving environmental problems. Group members are focused on studies related to human-caused problems and the role of human solutions to environmental problems. This has led to inquiries in agroecology, conservation of biodiversity in agricvultural landscapes, restoration and sustainability.
The students in the lab are pursuing degrees in either botany (where P. Zedler is an affiliate) or one of the graduate degree programs in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Because of Paul Zedler's position of Senior Scientist at the U.W. Arboretum, some students also do some or all of their research there. The lab is somewhat virtual. Students may have offices and do their work in Birge Hall (Botany), Science Hall (GNIES), the Arboretum, and at various remote locations.