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Assistant Professor, Landscape and Wetland Ecologist
- Development of regional landscape ecosystem classifications based on abiotic factors to aid in the inventory, study, and management of biota.
- The use of landscape approaches to understand natural processes and disturbance regimes, as well as land-management, restoration, and resource utilization.
- Research on biomechanical and ecological limitations of wetland plants.
- Horticultural propagation of wetland plants for restoration of native wetlands.
Department of Horticulture
4017 Agricultural and Life Sciences BuildingCorvallis, OR 97331
My research focus began with the development of a state-wide ecoregional classification for Michigan, and then expanded to multi-state collaboration with state and federal agencies in MN and WI to develop a three-state regional map and classification. More localized Landtype-Association mapping was also conducted with federal and state agencies in MN and WI.
As part of the ecoregional mapping of Michigan, I investigated the original land survey notes of the state and my staff and I created a set of digital and paper maps of Michigan's original vegetation (1816-1856), which provide the basis for conducting broad-scale land-use and vegetation change analyses. These maps were republished as a road access for the state to provide broader availability to the public.
As lead ecologist for the Michigan Heritage program, I developed state-wide plant community classifications and conducted state-wide inventories of the state's plant communities, including savannas, wet prairies, old-growth forests, dunes, Great Lakes bedrock shorelines, and Great Lakes wetlands. The information from these studies were used for conservation, restoration, and acquisition purposes, and a focal interest was to convert these studies into books and pamplets aimed at Michigan's general public.
Another area of focus of my research was coastal Great Lakes wetlands, which we began studying in Michigan and eventually continued throughout the US Great Lakes, and then expanded in collaboration with Environment Canada. These studies have lead to the development of a widely used hydrogeomorphic classification, digital mapping of all Great Lakes wetland, creation of plant and animal metrics for evaluating wetland quality, and ongoing baseline wetland monitoring. A related ongoing research interest is regional wetland study, including involvement in restoration efforts in MI and OR.
2010-2013 Restoring invaded wetlands to promote biodiversity and energy: Cattails to methane, a USEPA-funded project in collaboration with Loyola University, Chicago.
2010-2015 Implementing Great Lakes Coastal Monitoring, a USEPA-funded project in collaboration with 9 other Canadian and US universities from the Great Lakes region.
2009-2012 Ecological modeling of emergent vegetation in a high energy environment, an NSF-funded project to study bulrushes in OSU's Hinsdale Wave Lab.
2012: Lecturer, University of Michigan Biological Station. Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands (EEB 405)
2011-2006: Lecturer, University of Michigan Biological Station. Forest Ecosystems (EEB 348).
2011: Field training of students from OSU, Central Michigan U, U of Wisconsin Superior and Milwaukee, Loyola U Chicago, and SUNY Brockport in wetland plant sampling protocols (USEPA) and identification of aquatic macrophytes.
2009-2011: Hort 507 (Seminar Series and Graduate Seminars), Hort 512 (Graduate Seminar).
2005-2002: Adjunct Professor in Zoology and Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University.
2005-1997: Field training of Michigan State University students in identification of aquatic macrophytes.
2005: Training for Trainers, Sea Grant Great Lakes wetland training module.
2005-2001: Ecology field training for Wildlife and Forestry staff, MI DNR.
2004-2003: Wetland training module development and field training for MI DEQ and MDOT wetland permit staff.
2003-1999: Field training of McMasters University students in identification of aquatic macrophytes.
1984-1998: Lecturer, University of Michigan. Forest Ecology (NR 435).
Ph.D. Forest Ecology, University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources, 1990.
M.S. Forest Ecology, University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources, 1983.
B.S. Botany, University of Michigan, Department of Evolutionary Ecology and Biology, 1981.
Assistant Professor/Senior Research-Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University, 2009-present.
Senior Research Ecologist, Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI); MIchigan State University Extension 2008-2005.
Director/Ecologist, Oregon Natural Heritage Information Center (ORNHIC), Oregon State University 2005-2004.
Interim Director, Michigan Natural Features Inventory, 2003.
Senior Ecologist, Michigan Natural Features Inventory of The Nature Conservancy, 2000-1987.
Associate Program Ecologist, Michigan Natural Features Inventory, 1987-1986.
Teaching Assistant, School of Natural Resources, University of Michigan, 1983-1982.
Graduate Research Assistant, School of Natural Resources, University of Michigan, 1981-1986.
I accept graduate students for Horticulture
Outreach and Extension
In 2011-2012, I have been working with learning and physically disabled clients of Cornerstone Associates and Colorwheel Gardens to investigate propagation of mosses for green roofs and ornamental purposes.
Lishawa, S.C., Albert, D.A., Tuchman, N.C. 2010. Natural water level decline drives invasive species establishment and vegetation change in Great Lakes coastal wetlands. Wetlands: 30(6) 1085-1097
Marr, J.K., Penskar, M.R., and D.A. Albert. 2009. Rare plant species and plant community types of Manitou Island and Gull Rock, Keweenaw County, MI. Michigan Botanist: 48: 97-120.
Burton, T. M., D. G. Uzarski, and D. A. Albert. 2009. Ecology and Bioassessment of Michigan’s Inland Wetlands. A Manual for Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
Uzarski, D. G., T. M. Burton, and D. A. Albert. 2009. A Manual for Bioassessment of Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands. Manual for Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
Albert, D. A., and P. J. Comer. 2008. Atlas of Early Michigan’s Forests, Grasslands, and Wetlands: An interpretation of the 1816-1856 General Land Office Surveys. Michigan State University Press. East Lansing, MI.
Albert, D. A., Tepley, A. J., and L. D. Minc. 2007. Plants as indicators for Lake Michigan’s Great Lakes coastal drowned river wetland health. In Thomas P. Simon and Paul M. Stewart (Eds.), Coastal Wetlands of the Laurentian Great Lakes: Heath, Habitat, and Indicators, Authorhouse Press, Bloomington, IN.
Detenbeck, N. E., Moffett, M. F., Pearson, M., Simon, T. P., and D. A. Albert. 2007. Flow and nutrient-based classification of Lake Michigan coastal riverine wetlands. In Thomas P. Simon and Paul M. Stewart (Eds.), Coastal Wetlands of the Laurentian Great Lakes: Health, Habitat, and Indicators, Authorhouse Press, Bloomington, IN.
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