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Michael Osland

Research Ecologist

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Dr. Osland is a Research Ecologist at the U.S. Geological Survey, National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, LA. His research examines the response of ecosystems to changing conditions and the implications for ecosystem conservation and restoration.  Dr. Osland’s research expertise includes the following: regional and global climate and coastal wetland variability, ecosystem development and functional equivalency in restored and created wetlands, ecosystem aboveground-belowground linkages, mangrove-salt marsh interactions, carbon storage in coastal wetlands including restored and managed wetlands, ecosystem vulnerability assessments, invasive plant ecology and management, ecosystem response to hydrologic fluctuations, wetland ecosystem goods and services.  Dr. Osland is on the conservation science staff of the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative, a public-private conservation partnership. Prior to joining the U.S. Geological Survey, he was a postdoctoral investigator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Gulf Ecology Division where he examined ecosystem development, carbon storage, and functional equivalency in created mangrove wetlands in Tampa Bay, FL. Dr. Osland earned a Ph.D. in Ecology from Duke University (2009) and a B.A. in Biology from Willamette University (2000). He speaks spanish and has lived in six countries. Dr. Osland was a Fulbright Scholar in Costa Rica and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador.

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Lovelock, C.E., K.W. Krauss, M.J. Osland, R. Reef, and M.C. Ball. In press. The physiology of mangrove trees with changing climate. Page to be determined in G. H. Goldstein and L. S. Santiago, editors. Tropical tree physiology: adaptations and responses in a changing environment. Springer, New York, New York, USA.

Osland, M.J., Enwright, N.M., Day, R.H., Gabler, C.A., Stagg, C.L., Grace, J.B. In press. Beyond just sea-level rise: considering macroclimatic drivers within coastal wetland vulnerability assessments to climate change. Accepted to Global Change Biology. [Link]

Osland, M.J., R.H. Day, A.S. From, M.L. McCoy, J.L. McLeod, and J.J. Kelleway. 2015. Life stage influences the resistance and resilience of black mangrove forests to winter climate extremes. Ecosphere 6: art160. [Download File]

Osland, M.J., Day, R.H., Larriviere, J.C., From, A.S. 2014. Aboveground allometric models for freeze-affected black mangroves (Avicennia germinans): equations for a climate sensitive mangrove-marsh ecotone. PLoS ONE 9(6): e99604. [Download File]

Osland, M.J., Enwright, N., Stagg, C.L. 2014. Freshwater availability and coastal wetland foundation species: ecological transitions along a rainfall gradient. Ecology 95: 2789–2802 [Download File]

Osland, M.J., Enwright, N., Day, R.H., Doyle, T.W. 2013. Winter climate change and coastal wetland foundation species: salt marshes versus mangrove forests in the southeastern U.S. Global Change Biology 19: 1482-1494. [Download File]

Russell, M., Teague, A., Alvarez, F., Dantin, D., Osland, M.J., Harvey, J., Nestlerode, J., Rogers, J., Jackson, L., Pilant, D., Genthner, F., Lewis, M., Spivak, A., Harwell, M., and Neale, A. 2013. Neighborhood scale quantification of ecosystem goods and services. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, Gulf Ecology Division, Gulf Breeze, Florida. EPA/600/R-13/295. November 2013. [Download File]

Osland, M.J., Spivak, A.C., Nestlerode, J.A., Lessmann, J.M., Almario, A.E., Heitmuller, P.T., Russell, M.J., Krauss, K.W., Alvarez, F., Dantin, D.D., Harvey, J.E., From, A.S., Cormier, N., and Stagg, C.L. 2012. Ecosystem development after mangrove wetland creation: plant-soil change across a 20-year chronosequence. Ecosystems 15: 848-866. [Download File]

Osland, M.J., González, E., Richardson, C.J. 2011. Restoring diversity after cattail invasion: disturbance, resilience, and seasonality in a tropical dry wetland. Ecological Applications 21: 715-728. [Download File]

Osland M.J., González, E., Richardson, C.J. 2011. Coastal freshwater wetland plant community response to seasonal drought and flooding in northwestern Costa Rica. Wetlands 31: 641-652. [Download File]

Osland, M.J. 2009. Managing invasive plants during wetland restoration: the role of disturbance, plant strategies, and environmental filters. Ph.D. Dissertation. Duke University. [Link]

Osland M.J., Pahl, J.W., Richardson, C.J. 2009. Native bamboo (Arundinaria gigantea (Walter) Muhl., Poaceae) establishment and growth after the removal of an invasive non-native shrub (Ligustrum sinense Lour., Oleaceae): implications for restoration. Castanea 74: 247-258. [Download File]

My USGS Science Strategy Areas

Climate Variability & Change

Understanding Ecosystems & Predicting Ecosystems Change

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Michael Osland
700 Cajundome Blvd
Lafayette, LA 70506
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