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NPWRC Publications by Amy J. Symstad


This listing is comprised of publications authored in affiliation with Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center and may not represent the author's complete body of work. Several of these publications are available online as Biological Resources on this Web site and can be accessed by following the links provided. For a more detailed search of staff publications, visit the Northern Prairie Publications Database.


Symstad, A. J. and J. L. Jonas. In press. Using natural range of variation to set decision thresholds: A case study for Great Plains grasslands. in G. Guntenspergen, editor. Application of Threshold Concepts in Natural Resource Decision Making. Springer Publishing, New York New York.

King, D. A., D. M. Bachelet, and A. J. Symstad. 2013. Vegetation projections for Wind Cave National Park with three future climate scenarios: Final report in completion of task agreement J8W07100052. Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/WICA/NRTR—2013/681, National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Symstad, A. J. 2012. A vegetation management plan for Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site: Final report for interagency agreement number F154910005. Natural Resource Report NPS/FOUS/NRR--2012/502, National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Symstad, A. J., R. A. Gitzen, C. L. Wienk, M. R. Bynum, D. J. Swanson, A. D. Thorstenson, and K. J. Paintner. 2011. Plant community composition and structure monitoring protocol for the Northern Great Plains I&M Network: Version 1.00. Natural Resource Report NPS/NRPC/NRR--2011/291, National Park Service, Fort Collins, CO.

Symstad, A. J. and J. L. Jonas. 2011. Incorporating biodiversity into rangeland health: Plant species richness and diversity in Great Plains grasslands. Rangeland Ecology & Management 64:555-572.

Baer, S. G., D. M. Engle, J. M. H. Knops, K. A. Langeland, B. D. Maxwell, F. D. Menalled, and A. J. Symstad. 2009. Vulnerability of rehabilitated agricultural production systems to invasion by nontarget plant species. Environmental Management 43:189-196.

Wright, J., A. Symstad, J. M. Bullock, K. Engelhardt, L. Jackson, and E. Bernhardt. 2009. Restoring biodiversity and ecosystem function: will an integrated approach improve results? Pages 167-177 in S. Naeem, D. E. Bunker, A. Hector, M. Loreau, and C. Perrings, editors. Biodiversity, Ecosystem Functioning, and Human Wellbeing: An Ecological and Economic Perspective. Oxford University Press, New York.

Engelhardt, K., A. Symstad, A.-H. Prieur-Richard, M. Thomas, and D. E. Bunker. 2009. Opening communities to colonization -- the impacts of invaders on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Pages 217-229 in S. Naeem, D. E. Bunker, A. Hector, M. Loreau, and C. Perrings, editors. Biodiversity, Ecosystem Functioning, and Human Wellbeing: An Ecological and Economic Perspective. Oxford University Press, New York.

Griffin, J. N., E. J. O'Gorman, M. C. Emmerson, S. R. Jenkins, A.-M. Klein, M. Loreau, and A. Symstad. 2009. Biodiversity and the stability of ecosystem functioning. Pages 78-93 in S. Naeem, D. E. Bunker, A. Hector, M. Loreau, and C. Perrings, editors. Biodiversity, Ecosystem Functioning, and Human Wellbeing: An Ecological and Economic Perspective. Oxford University Press, New York.

Jackson, L., T. Rosenstock, M. Thomas, J. Wright, and A. Symstad. 2009. Managed ecosystems: biodiversity and ecosystem functions in landscapes modified by human use. Pages 178-194 in S. Naeem, D. E. Bunker, A. Hector, M. Loreau, and C. Perrings, editors. Biodiversity, Ecosystem Functioning, and Human Wellbeing: An Ecological and Economic Perspective. Oxford University Press, New York.

Solan, M., J. A. Godbold, A. Symstad, D. F. B. Flynn, and D. E. Bunker. 2009. Biodiversity-ecosystem function research and biodiversity futures: early bird catches the worm or a day late and a dollar short? Pages 30-45 in S. Naeem, D. E. Bunker, A. Hector, M. Loreau, and C. Perrings, editors. Biodiversity, Ecosystem Functioning, and Human Wellbeing: An Ecological and Economic Perspective. Oxford University Press, New York.

Guo, Q., and A. J. Symstad. 2008. A two-part measure of degree of invasion for cross-community comparisons. Conservation Biology 22:666-672.

Brown, P. M., C. L. Wienk, and A. J. Symstad. 2008. Fire and forest history at Mount Rushmore. Ecological Applications 18:1984-1999.

Symstad, A. J. 2008. Does biodiversity-ecosystem functioning science apply to prairie restoration? Ecological Restoration 26:100-102.

Symstad, A. J., C. L. Wienk, and A. D. Thorstenson. 2008. Precision, repeatability, and efficiency of two canopy-cover estimate methods in northern Great Plains vegetation. Rangeland Ecology & Management 61:419-429.

Symstad, A. J. 2008. Vegetation in treated Canada thistle patches at Badlands National Park: Potential for native recovery and restoration. Administrative Report, U.S. Geological Survey, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Hot Springs, SD.

Symstad, A. J., and M. Bynum. 2007. Conservation value of Mount Rushmore National Memorial's forest. Natural Areas Journal 27:293-301.

Symstad, A. J. 2007. Vegetation restoration success in water line disturbance and experimental plots at Wind Cave National Park: Final Report. U.S. Geological Survey, Hot Springs, SD.

Symstad, A. J. 2006. Assessing the potential plant community impacts of not having grazing in a small prairie park. Pages 308-314 in D. Harmon, editor. People, Places, and Parks: Proceedings of the 2005 George Wright Society Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites. The George Wright Society, Hancock, Michigan.

Symstad, A. J., C. L. Wienk, and A. Thorstenson. 2006. Field-based evaluation of two herbaceous plant community sampling methods for long-term monitoring in northern Great Plains national parks. Open-File Report 2006-1282, U.S. Geological Survey, Helena, MT.

Hooper, D. U., F. S. Chapin, III, J. J. Ewel, A. Hector, P. Inchausti, S. Lavorel, J. H. Lawton, D. M. Lodge, M. Loreau, S. Naeem, B. Schmid, H. Setälä, A. J. Symstad, J. Vandermeer, and D. A. Wardle. 2005. Effects of biodiversity on ecosystem functioning: A consensus of current knowledge. Ecological Monographs 75:3-35.

Symstad, A. J. 2004. Secondary invasion following the reduction of Coronilla varia (crownvetch) in sand prairie. American Midland Naturalist 152:183-189.


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