Profile for Meredith Thomsen

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Specialty area(s)

I direct graduate and undergraduate student research in plant ecology, invasive species, ecological restoration, and habitat fragmentation. I primarily work in local floodplain forest and sand prairie habitats. 

I welcome inquiries from students interested in starting a MS at UWL in fall 2020.

Brief biography

I grew up in Duluth, MN, and attended Carleton College in Northfield, MN. After working at the MIssouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis for a year, I headed west to attend graduate school in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California-Berkeley. I happily returned to the upper midwest after I graduated, and I have been at UWL ever since. 

Current courses at UWL

Undergraduate: Organismal Biology (lecture and lab), Ecology, Quantitative Methods in Ecology, Biology Capstone

Graduate: Communications in the Biological Sciences 


Ph.D., Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley: 2005

B.A., Biology, Concentration in Environmental Studies, Carleton College: 1997

Professional history

Graduate Studies Director: 2017 - present

Professor: 2014 - present

River Studies Center: 2006 - present

Environmental Studies Program Director: 2015-2017

Associate Professor: 2010-2014

Assistant Professor: 2006-2010

Research and publishing

My primary research area is restoration ecology, with side projects in plant-microbe interactions, basic plant ecology, and wildlife ecology. 

You can find a complete listing of my publications at my Google Scholar page. 



Veronica Yovovich, University of California-Berkeley; Christopher Wilmers, University of California-Santa Cruz; and Meredith Thomsen, Biology; co-authored the article "Pumas' fear of humans precipitates changes in plant architecture" in Ecosphere and was accepted for publication by John Wiley & Sons.

Submitted on: Aug. 3


Daniel Gibson-Reinemer, Adams State University; Scott Collins, Texas Tech University; Kristen Bouska, Nathan De Jager, Deanne Drake and Jeffrey Houser, all USGS; and Meredith Thomsen, Biology; co-authored the article "Conceptualizing alternate regimes in a large river floodplain: water clarity, invasive fish, and floodplain vegetation" in Journal of Environmental Management published on April 15 by Elsevier.

Submitted on: May 4


Olivia Clark, Biology BS and Meredith Thomsen, Biology, co-authored the article "Restoring wetlands dominated by Phalaris arundinacea with haying, spraying, and aggressive competitors" in Ecological Restoration published on March 4 by University of Wisconsin Press.

Submitted on: Mar. 9