Kern Ewing

Professor Kern Ewing

Kern Ewing

Research areas

Kern Ewing is a botanist interested in all manner of ecological restoration in all manner of environments, from freshwater wetlands to coastal wetlands, from prairies to the shrub-steppe and oak savanna. He works mainly in the Pacific Northwest, but has also done projects in the Intermountain West, as well as in Texas, Louisiana, and northern Mexico. At the UW, he co-founded the Restoration Ecology Network, a tri-campus program that integrates student, faculty, and community interests in restoration. Before he became a botanist, Ewing was an engineer and was Director of Environmental Planning for the Texas General Land Office. He has since found interesting ways to combine those two interests: For one of the popular ecological restoration classes he teaches, he and his students dismantled a parking lot in what is now the Union Bay Natural Area and replaced it with a mounded prairie ecosystem.

Selected publications

Ottinger, G., R. Worthington, W. Gold, K. Ewing, J. Fridley and R. Pond.  2014. Interdisciplinary community-based research with disciplinary expertise: bridging two (or more) cultures in undergraduate projects.  Currents in Teaching and Learning, Vol. 5, No. 1 and 2, p 4-17.

Hough-Snee, N., L.L. Nackley, S-H. Kim and K. Ewing. In Press. Life history strategies explain plant performance under environmental stress: the effects of flooding and fertilization on the growth and allocation of two wetland sedges. Aquatic Botany. DOI: 10.1016/j.aquabot.2014.03.001

Hardwick, K., P. Fiedler, L.C. Lee, B. Pavlik, R. Hobbs, J. Aronson, M. Bidartondo, E. Black, D. Coates, M. Dawes, K. Dixon, S. Elliot, K. Ewing, G. Gann, D. Gibbons, J. Gratzfeld, M. Hamilton, D. Hardman, J. Harris, P. Holmes, D. Mabberley, A. Mackenzie, C. Magdalena, R. Marrs, A. Mills, E. Lughada, M. Ramsay, P. Smith, N. Taylor, C. trivedi, M. Way, O. Whaley, S. Hopper. 2011. Defining the role of botanic gardens in the science and practice of ecological restoration. Conservation Biology.25(2):265-275

Hough-Snee, N., A.L. Long, L. Jeroue and K. Ewing. 2011. Mounding alters environmental filters that drive plant community development in a novel grassland. Ecological Engineering 37(11): 1932-1936. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2011.06.013

Hough-Snee, N.W., J.D. Bakker and K. Ewing. 2011. The long-term effects of initial site treatment on fescue abundance in a novel grassland. Ecological Restoration 29(1-2): 14-17. 

Shebitz, D., K. Ewing and J. Gutierrez. 2009. Preliminary observations of using smoke-water to increase low-elevation beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax) germination.  Native Plant Journal 10(1):13-20.

Gold, W., K. Ewing, J.Banks, M. Groom, T. Hinckley, D. Secord and D. Shebitz. 2006. Collaborative Ecological Restoration. Science 312:1880-1881.

Kim, K.D., K. Ewing and D. E. Giblin . 2006. Controlling Phalaris arundinacea (reed canarygrass) with live willow stakes: a density-dependent response. Ecological Engineering 27:219-227..

Ewing, K., S. Windhager and M. McCaw. 2005. Effects of summer burning and mowing on central Texas juniper-oak savanna communities during drought conditions. Ecological Restoration 23(4):255-260.

Carney, L. T., J.R. Waaland, T. Klinger and K. Ewing. 2005. Restoration of the bull kelp Nereocystis luetkeana in nearshore rocky habitats. Marine Ecology Progress Series 302:49-61.

Cahill, A., L. Chalker-Scott and K. Ewing. 2005. Wood chip mulch improves woody plant survival and establishment at no-maintenance restoration site (Washington). Ecological Restoration 23(3):212-213.


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