Montana State University

Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173120
Bozeman, MT 59717-3120

Tel: (406) 994-7060
Fax: (406) 994-3933
Location: 334 Leon Johnson Hall

Academic Programs:

Tel: (406) 994-3090

Department Head:

Dr. Tracy M. Sterling

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Lisa J. Rew

Associate Professor, Ph.D. 1993, University of Reading, UK, Agroecology; BSc (Hons) 1988, University of Southampton, UK. Weed ecology research, including sampling and predicting weed distributions, and impacts, in agricultural and wildland systems to improve management efficiency and environmental sustainability.

My goal is to better understand the effect of abiotic and biotic variables on the invasion potential of non-native plant populations, and develop efficient approaches to prioritize management at the local scale.  Consequently my interests include, survey methods, species distribution modeling, plant community diversity, population dynamics, and long-distance dispersal and spread particularly as it relates to vehicles and roads.  My group works in natural, semi-natural and agricultural systems: recently we have studied populations along elevation gradients in range and wildland settings, as well as dryland wheat systems.  Most of our work is at the local (population) and landscape scale, but in collaboration with MIREN (Mountain Invasion Research Network we have been able to evaluate the effect of multiple scales (local, landscape and regional) on patterns of invasion and relationships with environmental and biotic variables. As of 2012 I am co-chair of MIREN. Our most recent experiment is evaluating the effect of climate differences on the invasive potential of cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) in sagebrush communities and wheat systems.

Recent Publications:

  • Pollnac F and Rew LJ (2013) Life after establishment: factors in structuring a successful mountain invader away from disturbed roadsides. Biological Invasions. Published on-line December 2013: DOI 10.1007/s10530-013-0617-6.
  • Pollnac F, Maxwell BD, Taper M, and Rew LJ (2013) The demography of native and non-native plant species in mountain systems: Examples in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Popluation Ecology. Published on-line July 2013: DOI 10.1007/s10144-013-0391-4.
  • Brummer TJ, Maxwell BD, Higgs MD, and Rew LJ (2013) Role of ecological factors in local scale invasive species distribution models and management. Diversity and Distributions, 19, 1-4.
  • Skurski TS, Maxwell BD, and Rew LJ (2013) Ecological tradeoffs in non-native plant management. Biological Conservation, 159, 292-302.
  • Pollnac F, Seipel T, Repath C, and Rew LJ (2012) Plant invasion at landscape and local scales along roadways in the mountainous region of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Biol. Invasions, 14,1753-1763.
  • Taylor K, Brummer T, Taper ML, Wing A, and Rew LJ (2012) Human-mediated long-distance dispersal: an empirical evaluation of seed dispersal by vehicles. Diversity and Distributions, 18,  1–10.
  • Seipel T, Kueffer C, Rew LJ, Daehler CC, Pauchard A, Naylor BJ, Alexander JM, Edwards PJ, Parks CG, Arevalo J, Cavieres LA, Dietz H, Jakobs G, McDougall K, Otto R, and Walsh N. (On-line 4/18/2011) Processes at multiple scales affect variation in non-native plant species richness and similarity in mountains around the world. Global Ecology and Biogeography. (Accepted 12/07/10).
  • Alexander JM, Kueffer C, Daehler CC, Edwards PJ, Pauchard A, Seipel T & MIREN consortium: Arevalo J, Cavieres L, Dietz H, Jakobs G, McDougall K, Naylor B, Otto R, Parks CG, Rew L., Walsh N. (on-line version December 27, 2010) Assembly of non-native floras along elevational gradients explained by directional ecological filtering. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
  • Rew LJ and Johnson MP (2010) Reviewing the role of wildfire on the occurrence and spread of invasive plant species in wildland areas of the intermountain western United States. Invasive Plant Science and Management, 3, 347-364.
  • Pauchard A, Kueffer C, Dietz H, Daehler CC, Alexander J, Edwards, PJ, Arévalo JR, Billeter R, Cavieres L, Guisan A, Haider S, Jakobs G, Mack RN, McDougall K, Millar CI, Naylor BJ, Parks CG, Poll M, Rew LJ, Seipel T (2009) Ain’t no mountain high enough: Plant invasion reaching high elevations. Frontiers in Ecology. 7, 479-486.
  • Maxwell BD, Lehnhoff EA, and Rew LJ (2009) The rationale for monitoring invasive plant populations as a crucial step for management. Invasive Plant Science and Management, 2, 1-9.
  • Lehnhoff EA, Rew LJ, Maxwell BD, and Taper ML (2008) Quantifying invasiveness of plants: a test case with yellow toadflax (Linaria vulgaris). Invasive Plant Science and Management, 1, 319-325.
  • Rew LJ, Lehnhoff EA, and Maxwell BD (2007) Non-indigenous species management using a population prioritization framework. Canadian Journal of Plant Sciences. 87, 1029-1036. [Invited].
  • Rew LJ, Maxwell BD, Aspinall RJ, and Dougher FL (2006) Searching for a needle in a haystack: evaluating survey methods for sessile species. Biological Invasions, 8, 523-539.
  • Rew LJ, Maxwell BD, and Aspinall R (2005) Predicting the occurrence of nonindigenous species using environmental and remotely sensed data.  Weed Science, 53, 236-241. [Invited]

Recent Grants:

  • Prioritizing invasive non-native plant populations and species to manage spatial distribution and spread models, US Fish, Wildlife Service, 2011, Rew LJ and Maxwell BD. $25,000.
  • Survey, monitoring and predicting the occurrence and spread of native and non-native plants species at Idaho National Laboratories. DOE-Stoller Corporation, 2009 – 2011, Rew, LJ., Maxwell, B.D., and Lavin, M. $244,064.
  • Invasive plant inventory, mapping and management tools for army training lands. DOD, CERL. 2009-2011. 3 yr. Maxwell, B.D., Rew, L.J., and Backus, V. $793,039.
  • A decision support prioritization framework for non-indigenous plant population management. USDA-NRI-CSREES. 2008-2012. 4 yr. Rew, L.J., Antle, J.M., Maxwell, B.D., and diTomaso, J. $490,987.
  • Track 1, GK-12, Science and Society Fellows: partnering with rural schools in the greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. NSF GK-12. 2008-2010. 2 yr. Rew, L.J. $107,493.
  • 2007 Developing functional parameters for a science-based vehicle cleaning program to reduce transport of non-native invasive plant species. Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program. 2007-2010. 3 yr. Rew L., Balbach H., Gonzales R., Fleming J., and OrHai Q. $981,341
  • Science and Society Fellows Program: Partnering with rural schools in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. 3 yr. (started 2005 extended to 2010, taken on from original PI Lisa Graumlich by Rew L., Swanson E. $1,767,487.

Current Instructional Responsibilities:

  • LRES110 – Introduction to Land Resources and Environmental Science (Fall)
  • LRES410/ENSC510 -- Biodiversity: Survey and Monitoring Methods

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