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Cottonwood Ecology Group

Rick Lindroth
University of Wisconsin-
1630 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Phone (608) 263-6277
Fax (608) 262-3322
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Tom Whitham
Northern Arizona University
PO Box 5640
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Phone (928) 523-7215
Fax (928) 523-7500
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Matt Zinkgraf
Phone (928) 523-8616
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Cottonwood Ecology group

cottonwoodThe Cottonwood Ecology Group is an interdisciplinary research team composed of scientists from Northern Arizona University, Evergreen State College, West Virginia University, The University of Tennessee-Knoxville and The University of Wisconsin-Madison. Emphasizing the need to understand how genetic variation in primary producers structures communities, affects species distribution, and alters ecosystem-level processes, current research focuses on the interactive effect of genetics and hybrid fitness in cottonwoods, arthropod diversity and community structure, plant defensive chemistry, and evolution. As dominant trees, cottonwoods are central to the structure and ecosystem functioning of riparian forests of North America Rivers. Common gardens located at The Nature Center in Ogden, Utah and The Arboretum at Flagstaff, as well as riparian field sites ranging from Arizona to British Columbia provide the opportunity for our group of investigators, collaborators, graduate students, and undergraduate students to investigate the significant ecological interactions of a genus with great ecological, conservation, economic, and restoration value.

National Science Foundation University of Wisconsin, Madison West Virginia University
University of Tennesee Evergreen State College University of Tazmania


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