Jeremy Ash

Ph.D. Student

UW-Department of Botany
430 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706

jash2 @


  • Ph.D. Botany, University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI) In progress

  • M.S. Botany, Certificate in Ecology, Miami University (Oxford, OH), 2007.

  • B.S. Environmental Science, Concentration in Biodiversity and Conservation, McGill University (Montreal, QC), 2003.

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Biodiversity conservation in the face of global change requires a predictive ecology to forecast impacts on plant populations and communities. Climate change, invasive species and land-use change have resulted in the reformation of ecological systems with implications for how we manage and conserve our natural resources. I am interested in studying how individual species and patterns of biodiversity (species and phylogenetic diversity) have responded to recent changes in climate, and investigate the implications of projected climate change scenarios. Long-term trends in the distribution and abundance of species, plant functional traits and downscaled climate data can be integrated in a statistical modeling framework to disentangle the various drivers of change and understand the future implications for Wisconsin ecosystems.

Additional interests include quantitative/statistical methods in ecology, conservation planning and the development of collaborative solutions to regional conservation priorities and natural resource management.

Recent Professional Experience

Research Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI 2011-2012. Coordinated workshops across the Upper Midwest on climate change and natural resource management to identify regional management priorities and develop spatially-explicit simulation models of priority species.

Conservation Reserve Planner, Ministry of Natural Resources, ON. 2010-2011. Lead planning process for development of site-specific and regional management direction for conservation reserves.

Species at Risk Technician, Ministry of Natural Resourcescand Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, ON. 2009-2010. Expanded on a species at risk occurrence database for the Greater Toronto Area and fostered data sharing partnerships with naturalist groups and relevant agencies.

Publications and Presentations

Ash, J.D., D.L. Gorchov and B.A. Endress. Accepted. Rapid assessment of sustainable harvest from non-timber forest products: an example using the understory palm, Chamaedorea radicalis. Southwestern Naturalist.

LeDee, O., J. Ash, K. Martin and W. Karasov. 2012. Building partnerships and establishing consensus on regional priorities across the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Cooperative. Final report (year 1) to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the project titled "Identification of the Most Climate Vulnerable Terrestrial Species and Natural Communities in the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative."

Callis, K.L., L.R. Christ, J. Resasco, D.W. Armitage, J.D. Ash, T.T. Caughlin, S.F. Clemmensen, S.M. Copeland, T.J. Fullman, R.L. Lynch, C. Olson, R.A. Pruner, E.H.M. Vieira-Neto, R. West-Singh, and E.M. Bruna. 2009. Improving Wikipedia: educational opportunity and professional responsibility. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 24(4): 177-179.

Ash, J.D., D.L. Gorchov and B.A. Endress. Assessment of sustainable leaf harvest from the understory palm, Chamaedorea radicalis. Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, July 2007, Morelia, Mexico.

Teaching Experience

Lab Instructor: Introductory Botany, Department of Biology, University of Florida, 2008

Lab Instructor: Plant Ecology, Department of Biology, University of Florida, 2008

Teaching assistant: Environmental Principles, Department of Botany, Miami University, 2007

Teaching assistant for: Plant Ecology, Department of Botany, Miami University, 2007

Instructor: Field Botany, Department of Botany, Miami University, 2006