Wetlands by Design: Interdependence of Science and Design in Wetland Enhancement, Restoration, and Construction


Wetlands provide many valued ecosystem services including wildlife habitat, flood mitigation, and contaminant filtering. The United States has lost up to 80% of its wetland acres to drainage and development. The state of Ohio alone has lost 90% of its wetlands since the late 18th century. In human-dominated landscapes, many, if not most, current wetlands are the result of enhancement, restoration, or construction. Design and Science both play prominent and potentially interrelated roles in wetland design projects. The ecological status and function of Designed Wetlands is an active area of research. Strong integration between the design process and scientific understanding and monitoring are critical for successful enhancement and construction of wetland ecosystems. This session will engage individuals and organizations from across the spectrum of design, management, and research to interactively discuss the benefits and opportunities of interdisciplinary design, management, and monitoring teams, using specific wetland construction projects as case studies.

Morning Speaker: 

Lauren McPhillips, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Pennsylvania State University

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Lauren Kinsman-Costello, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Kent State University


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