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Gerla, P.J., M.W. Cornett, M.A. Ahlering, and J.D. Ekstein. 2012. Talking big: lessons learned from a 9000 acre restoration in the Northern Tallgrass Prairie. 4(11): 3066-3087.

Shinneman, D.J., B. J. Palik, and M.W. Cornett. 2012. Can landscape-level ecological restoration influence fire risk? A spatially-explicit assessment of a northern temperate-southern boreal forest landscape. Forest Ecology and Management 274: 126-135.

White, M.A. 2012. Long-term effects of deer browsing: Composition, structure and productivity in a northeastern Minnesota old-growth forest. Forest Ecology and Management 269: 222-228.


Ahlering, M.A., S. Hedges, A. Johnson, M. Tyson, S.G. Manka and L.S. Eggert. 2011. Genetic diversity, social structure, and conservation value of the elephants of the Nakai Plateau, Lao PDR, based on non-invasive sampling. Conservation Genetics 12: 413-422. 

Ahlering, M.A., J.J. Millspaugh, R.J. Woods, D. Western and L.S. Eggert. 2011.  Elevated stress hormones in crop-raiding male elephants. Animal Conservation 14: 124-130.

Gerla P.J. 2011. Field-scale changes in soil water and recharge following restoration of a cultivated field to prairie. Journal of Environmental Hydrology 19: 1-13.

Price J., Silbernagel J., Miller N., Swaty R., White M., Nixon K. 2011. Eliciting expert knowledge to inform landscape modeling of conservation scenarios. Ecological Modeling. 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2011.09.010 


Ahlering, M.A., D. Alt, M. Betts, R. Fletcher, J. Nocera, and M. Ward. 2010. Research needs and recommendations for the use of conspecific attraction methods in the conservation of  migratory birds. Condor 112(2): 252-264.

Gerla, P.J., M.U. Sharif, and S.F. Korom. 2010. Geochemical processes controlling the spatial distribution of selenium in soil and water, west central South Dakota, U.S.A. Environmental Earth Sciences 627:1551-1560. 

Ravenscroft, C., R.M. Scheller, D.J. Mladenoff, and M.A. White. 2010. Forest restoration in a mixed ownership landscape under climate change. Ecological Applications 20: 327-346.

Shinneman, D.J., M.W. Cornett, and B.J. Palik.2010.  Simulating restoration strategies for a southern boreal forest landscape with complex land ownership patterns. Forest Ecology and Management 259: 446-458. 


Sands, G.R., J.L. Anderson, K.L. Blann, and B. Vondracek. 2009. Effects of agricultural drainage on aquatic ecosystems: a review. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology 39(11):909 - 1001. 

Burton, J.I., E.K. Zenner, L.E. Frelich, M.W. Cornett. 2009. Patterns of plant community structure within and among primary and second-growth northern hardwood forest stands. Forest Ecology and Management 258:2556–2568.


White, M.A., Host, G.E. 2008. Forest disturbance frequency and patch structure from pre-European settlement to present in the Mixed Forest Province of Minnesota, USA. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 38: 2212–2226.


Gerla, P. 2007. North Dakota Water Resources Research Institute Technical Report No: ND07 - 01: Effect of Land Cover and Pattern on the Quality of Groundwater Discharged from Springs and Seeps at Pigeon Point, Southeastern North Dakota. Results were presented at the International Water Conference in mid-March 2007.

Gerla, P.J. 2007. Estimating the effect of cropland to prairie conversion on peak storm run-off. Restoration Ecology 15(4):720-730.


Ahlering, M.A., D.H. Johnson and J. Faaborg. 2006. Conspecific attraction in a grassland bird, the Baird’s Sparrow. Journal of Field Ornithology 77: 365-371.

Ahlering, M.A. and J. Faaborg. 2006. Avian habitat management meets conspecific 
attraction: If you build it, will they come? Auk 123: 301-312.

Cornett, M.W., P.J. Bauman, and D.D. Breyfogle. 2006. Can we control leafy spurge? Adaptive management and the recovery of native vegetation. Ecological Restoration 243:145-150. 

Lytle, D.E., M.W. Cornett and M.S. Harkness. 2006. Transferring landscape ecological knowledge in a multipartner landscape: the Border Lakes region of Minnesota and Ontario. Pp. 97-128 in Perera, A.H., L.J. Buse, and T.R. Crow eds. Forest Landscape Ecology: Transferring Knowledge to Practice. Springer, New York, NY.
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Blann, K. 2006. Habitat in Agricultural Landscapes: How Much Is Enough? A State of the Science Literature Review. Published by Defenders of Wildlife, Portland, OR.


Frelich, L.E., M.W. Cornett, and M.A.White. 2005. Controls and references in forestry: the role of old growth and retrospective studies. Journal of Forestry 103(7):339-344. 

Vondracek, B., K.L. Blann, C.B. Cox, J.F. Nerbonne, K.G. Mumford, B.A. Nerbonne, L.A. Sovell and J.K.H. Zimmerman. 2005. Land Use, Spatial Scale, and Stream Systems: Lessons from an Agricultural Region. Environmental Management 366.


Cornett, M. 2004. The Nature Conservancy: silvicultural research needs in the Lake States. In Palik B. & L. Levy Eds. Proceedings of the Great Lakes Silviculture Summit. Saint Paul, MN, USDA Forest Service, North Central Research Station. General Technical Report NC-254.

Gerla, P. 2004. Hydrological effects of an uncontrolled flowing well, Red River Valley, North Dakota, USA. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 40:1305-1314.

Sarr D., K. Puettmann, R. Pabst, M. Cornett, and L. Arguello. 2004. Restoration ecology: new perspectives and opportunities for forestry. Journal of Forestry 102(5): 20-24.


McAllister, J., J. Kirby, and P. Gerla. 2003. Ichthyofaunal survey of an agriculturally disturbed prairie - wetland complex in Polk County, Minnesota: North Dakota Academy of Science 58:69.


Anderson C.E., K.A. Chapman, M.A. White, and M.W. Cornett. 2002. Effects of browsing control on establishment and recruitment of eastern white pine Pinus strobus L. at Cathedral Grove in the Lake Superior Highlands, Minnesota. Natural Areas Journal 22:202-210.

Kishel, H. and P. Gerla. 2002. Effects of small-scale hydraulic variation on groundwater discharge to Shingobee Lake, Minnesota. Hydrological Processes 16(10):1921-1934. 

Gerla, P.J. and J.C. Patch. 2002. Estimating recharge and discharge within a riparian, glacial-outwash aquifer. American Water Resources Association Special Conference on Ground Water – Surface Water Interaction Proceedings Keystone, Colorado, p. 547-552.

White, M.A. Brown, T.N., and G.E. Host. 2002. Landscape analysis of risk factors for white pine blister rust in the Mixed Forest Province of Minnesota, U.S.A. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 32:1639-1650.

Wolter, P.T., and M.A. White. 2002. Recent forest cover type transitions and landscape structure changes in northeast Minnesota. Landscape Ecology 17:133-155. 


Richards, C., M.A. White, A. Hershey, R. Axler, and J. Schomberg. 2001. Simulating effects of landscape composition and structure on stream water quality. Proceedings, SIL 27th Congress, Dublin, IR.

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