MS Research

This research is conducted in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program at Iowa State University and co-advised by Dr. Diane Debinski (Montana State University) and Dr. Haldre Rogers (Iowa State University).


Painted lady (Vanessa cardui) nectaring on thistle (Cirsium sp.)

Motivating Questions

How can we best manage for speciose and diverse communities of insect pollinators and floral resources on agricultural lands? What are the differences between short-term community response and the response of pollinator taxa to continuous long-term (i.e., decades) management? What effect does varying landscape context have on within-site management for bees? How might we account for climate change in developing restoration strategy?

Publications

  • Lyon, N. J., Debinski, D.M., Rogers, H.S., Adams, D.C., and Wilsey, B.J. An Integrated Approach to Restoring Grassland Function to Working Lands. Master of Science Thesis.
  • Stein, D.S., Debinski, D.M., Pleasants, J.M., Lyon, N. J. Enhancing Butterfly and Flowering Plant Communities via Collaborative Adaptive Management of Schedonorus arundinaceus. [In prep]

Presentations

  • Lyon, N.J. Multivariate Statistics in R. Data Management and Analysis in R for Ecologists and Evolutionary Biologists (EEB 698), Ames IA, November 2018. Guest Lecture.
  • Lyon, N.J., Debinski, D.M., Miller, J., Schact, W. Native Plant and Pollinator Response to Management with Fire and Grazing. Ecological Society of America, New Orleans LA, August 2018. Oral Presentation.
  • Lyon, N.J., Debinski, D.M., Miller, J., Schact, W. Plant and Pollinator Response to Adaptive Management. Graduate and Professional Student Research Conference, Ames IA, April 2018. Awarded Best Oral Presentation.
  • Lyon, N.J., Debinski, D.M. Butterfly and Nectar-Producing Plant Response to Invasive Grass Management. Graduate Research in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Symposium, Ames IA, February 2018
  • Lyon, N.J. An Integrated Approach to Tallgrass Prairie Restoration. Three-Minute Thesis, Ames IA, January 2018
  • Lyon, N. J., Debinski, D.M., and Rangwala, I. Species Distribution Modeling to Predict Prairie Restoration Success under Climate Change. Ecological Society of America, Portland OR, August 2017
  • Lyon, N.J. Predicted Response of Native Grassland Plants to Climate Change. Ten Years of Research in the Grand River Grasslands Symposium, Lamoni IA, June 2017
  • Lyon, N.J., Debinski, D.M., Miller, J., Schact, W., and Stein, D. Grazing, Burning, and Butterflies. Iowa Urban Tree Council, Des Moines IA, April 2017
  • Lyon, N.J., Debinski, D.M., Miller, J., Schact, W. and Stein, D. Adaptive Management for Prairie Plants and Pollinators in Midwestern Working Landscapes. Iowa Invasive Species Conference, Moravia IA, March 2017
  • Lyon, N.J. Incorporating Correlative Modeling into Modifying Restoration Strategies for the Future. Graduate Research in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Symposium, Ames IA, February 2017