- Noblet Building 114
Associate Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
- PhD, Ecology, Colorado State University
- MS, Forest Hydrology, Michigan State University
- BS, Earth Science, Northern Michigan University
- AA, Philosophy, Kellogg Community College
Michigan Tech is superbly located in an area of high wetland abundance and diversity, facilitating both research and instruction. The proximity and diversity of wetlands is what allows the Wetlands class (FW4220) to spend three hours a week in the lab portion of the class getting dirty, wet and obtaining hands on experience. As an applied ecologist, I feel that the experiential learning is crucial to supplement traditional classroom learning.
My research areas focus on wetland ecosystem science, ecohydrology and wetland restoration. My main goal is to develop ecosystem knowledge of wetlands and use that knowledge to: 1) understand how they will be affected by climate change and other perturbations, 2) improve management and conservation of wetlands and 3) restore disturbed wetlands. I am also interested in some basic wetland science questions, such as, how do tropical peatlands form and function in comparison with cooler climate peatlands? Some of the projects that I am currently working on include: long-term assessment and restoration of mountain fens in the San Juan Mountains, Colorado: wetland restoration in the UP of Michigan: influence of temperature and water table changes on peatland carbon cycling: and the influence of grazing on wetland carbon cycling in Patagonia.
- Cooper, D.J., R.A. Chimner, and D.M. Merritt. 2012. Mountain Wetlands of North America. In: Wetland Habitats of North America: Ecology and Conservation Concerns (eds: Batzer D. and Balswin A.).
- Chimner, R.A. 2011. Restoring sedges and mosses into frost heaving iron fens, San Juan Mountains, Colorado. Mires and Peat 8: Art. 7. (Online: http://www.mires-and-peat.net/map08/map_08_07.htm).
- Chimner, R.A., G.L. Bonvissuto, M.V. Cremona, J.J. Gaitan, C.R. Lopez. 2011. Ecohydrological conditions of wetlands along a precipitation gradient in Patagonia, Argentina. Ecologia Austral 21:329-337.
- Chimner R.A. and J.M. Welker. 2011. Influence of Grazing and Precipitation on Ecosystem Carbon Cycling in a Mixedgrass Prairie. Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practice 1:20. doi:10.1186/2041-7136-1-20.
- Chimner R.A., J.M. Welker, J. Morgan, D. LeCain and J. Reader. 2010. Experimental Manipulations of winter snow and summer Rain Influence Ecosystem Carbon Cycling in a Mixed-grass Prairie, Wyoming, USA. Ecohydrology 3:284-293.
- Chimner R.A., D.J. Cooper and J.M. Lemly. 2010. Mountain fen distribution, types and restoration priorities, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, USA. Wetlands 30:763-771.
- Chimner, R.A., J.M. Karberg. 2008. Long-term carbon accumulation in tropical mountain peatlands, Andes Mountains, Ecuador. Mires and Peat 3: Art. 4.
- Halvorsen, K, PI, Co-Pi’s: H. Asbjornsen, R. Chimner, C. Moseley, D. Shonnard. OISE-PIRE: Sustainability, Ecosystem Services, and Bioenergy Development across the Americas. NSF PIRE, $4,841,735. 2012-2017.
- Kane E.S, Chimner, R.A., Kolka R.K., Lilleskov E.A, Pypker T., Lennon J.T. 2012-2015. Collaborative Research: PEATcosm: Understanding the interactions of climate, plant functional groups and carbon cycling in peatland ecosystems. NSF DEB - Ecosystem Science Cluster. $707,326.
- Chimner,R.A., C. Huckins, M. Abbott and J. Bess. 2011-2013. Enhancing aquatic and wetland habitat along the Portage Waterway. Michigan Coastal Management Program. $82,787.
- Chimner, R.A. 2011-2013. Northeast Minnesota White Cedar Plant Community Restoration. $22,849 to MTU from a total budget of $250,000 awarded to Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.
- Chimner, R.A., R. Kolka and C.H. Perry. 2010-2013. Development of New Organic Soil Survey Methods for Determining Carbon Storage in Northern Great Lakes Peatlands. USFS. $105,022.