Chad Zirbel

My main research interests are community and restoration ecology. My research attempts to understand the utility of plant functional traits as predictors of how communities assemble during restoration and, subsequently, how restored ecosystems function.

Before coming to Michigan State I earned my B.S. in Biological Aspects of Conservation, Physical Geography, and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin. My research included understanding how invasion and restoration impact ecosystem function and how plant communities responded to rapid climate shifts after the Last Glacial Maximum.

Check out my website for more information on my research and a copy of my CV.

Chad Zirbel
Graduate student
Michigan State University
Department of Plant Biology