Rodney A. Chimner
—Kurt Vonnegut, Jr
- Professor, SFRES
- 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.
Areas of Expertise
- Peatland and wetland restoration
- Peatland and wetland carbon cycling
- Mountain wetlands
- Tropical peatlands
- Ecosystem carbon cycling
- Wetland ecohydrology
- Chimner, R.A., D.J. Cooper, M. Bidwell, A. Culpepper, Kay Zillich, Koren Nydick. A new method for restoring ditches in peatlands: ditch filling with fiber bales. In press at Restoration Ecology.
- Lilleskov, E., McCullough, K., Hergoualc’h, K., Castillo Torres, D., Chimner, R.A., Murdiyarso, D., Kolka, R., Bourgeau-Chavez, L., Hribljan, J., Aguila Pasquel, J., Wayson, C., Warren, M. 2018. Is Indonesian peatland loss a cautionary tale for Peru? A two-country comparison of the magnitude and causes of tropical peatland degradation. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change.DOI:10.1007/s11027-018-9790-3
- Sánchez M.E., R.A. Chimner, J.A. Hribljan, E.A. Lilleskov, E. Suárez. 2017. Carbon dioxide and methane fluxes in grazed and ungrazed mountain peatlands in the Ecuadorian Andes. Mires and Peat. 19(20), 1-18; 10.19189/MaP.2017.OMB.277
- Hribljan J.A.,E Suarez, L. Bourgeau-Chavez, S. Endres,E.A. Lilleskov, S. Chimbolema, C. Wayson, E. Serocki, R.A. Chimner. 2017. Multi-date, multi-sensor remote sensing reveals high density of carbon-rich mountain peatlands in the páramo of Ecuador. Global Change Biology. 23:5412–5425. DOI:10.1111/gcb.13807.
- Hribljan*J.A.,E.S. Kane, and R.A. Chimner.2017. Implications of altered hydrology for substrate quality and trace gas production in a poor fen peatland. Soil Science Society of America Journal. DOI:10.2136/sssaj2016.10.0322.
- Comas X, N. Terry, J.A. Hribljan, E.A. Lilleskov, E. Suarez, R.A. Chimner, and R.K. Kolka. 2017. Estimating belowground carbon stocks in peatlands of the Ecuadorian páramo using ground penetrating radar (GPR). Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences.DOI: 10.1002/2016JG003550.
- Chimner, R.A.,T.G. Pypker, J.A. Hribljan*, P.A. Moore and J.M. Waddington. 2017. Multi-decadal changes in water table levels alter peatland carbon cycling. Ecosystems 20:1042–1057. DOI:10.1007/s10021-016-0092-x.
- Chimner, R.A.,D.J. Cooper, F.C. Wurster, L. Rochefort. 2017. An overview of peatland restoration in North America, where are we after 25 years. Restoration Ecology 25:283-292. DOI: 10.1111/rec.12434.
- Ott*, C.A. and R.A. Chimner.Long Term Peat Accumulation in Temperate Forested Peatlands (Thuja occidentalisSwamps) in the Great Lakes Region.2016. Mires and Peat 18: Art. 01.; 10.19189/MaP.2015.OMB.182.
- Hribljan J.A. E. Suarez, K. Heckman, E.A. Lilleskov, and R.A. Chimner.2016. Peatland Carbon Stocks and Accumulation Rates in the Ecuadorian Páramo. Wetland Ecology and Management 24: 113-127.
- Dewi. S. (Kolka R. and Chimner R.A.USG Sponsors) 2017-2020. Developing Biodiverse Agroforests on Rewetted Peatlands in Indonesia. Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER). $300,000.
- E.S. Kane and R.A. Chimner. 2017-2021. Peat Accumulation Rates in Lake States Forested Wetlands. USDA Forest Service Hiawatha National Forest.$30,028.
- Bowser, G., A.B. Taber, K.R. Young, R.B. Boone, and R.A. Chimner. 2016-2021. CNH-S: Andes Bofedales and Cattle: The Impacts of Changing Hydrology and Glacial Retreat on Community Livelihoods in Peru's Cordillera Blanca. $499,992 ($65,921 to MTU).
- Chimner, R.A., J. Bess, C. Webster, P. Toczydlowski, E. McDonald. 2016-2017. Developing a restoration plan for Point Abbaye Wetland, Baraga County, Michigan. Fish and Wildlife Service Region 3, Coastal Program. $45,000.
- Krystosek, D., Chimner, R.A,StensingJ., Dahlman R.,Johnson K. 2015-2016. Northeast Minnesota White Cedar Plant Community Restoration – PHASE 2. Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF). $305,000 ($37,097 to MTU).
- Mayer A., Chimner, R.A., Datta R, Wusirika R and Sarkar, D.2014-2015. Reducing Copper Loads from Stamp Sand Deposits in the Keweenaw Peninsula with Permeable Reactive Barriers - Phase 1. MDNR Nonpoint Source Program. $296,658.
- Chimner, R.A., Hribljan, J.A., Bidwell, M.D. 2014-2015.Monitoring Water Table and Carbon Storage to Assess Mountain Fen Restoration Potential. Colorado Water Center. $23,332 ($52,057 including match).
- Chimner, R.A. Northeast Minnesota White Cedar Plant Community Restoration. 2014. State of Minnesota, South St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District. $19,000.
- Huckins, C., Meadows, G., Marcarelli, A., Chimner, R.A., Brooks, C., Xue, X. Grimm. Arresting the Spread of Eurasian Watermilfoil in Lake Superior. 2014-1016. Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. $499,877.