David Rogers, M.S. Landscape Architecture, PhD Botany

  • Associate Professor and Department Chair
  • Biological Sciences Department
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 2006
  • PHONE: (262) 595-2071
  • EMAIL: rogersd@uwp.edu


  • Plant identification
  • Ecological surveys
  • Historical ecology
I grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, roaming the northwoods as much as possible. I received my B.S. in Biology at UW- Stevens Point. After years of botany and forestry fieldwork around the U.S., I earned a M.S. in Landscape Architecture at UW Madison where I studied the distribution and community structure of the Atlantic Coastal Plain flora in Central Wisconsin. I stayed at Madison to then earn my PhD in Botany where I used historic baseline data to estimate changes in Wisconsin plant communities since 1950. After a post-doc working in Hawaii, I joined the faculty at UW Parkside in 2008.

Teaching Interests

I teach botany, ecology, restoration ecology and conservation biology. My central goal is to help prepare students for careers or graduate training in field biology and biological conservation

Research Interests

My interest lie in the causes and consequences of long-term change in natural plant communities and the influence of current and past land-uses on meta-community dynamics. To do so, I use a range of tools and techniques - including historical, landscape, and physiological ecology to tackle applied problems in ecological conservation. Finally, I see research as an integral part of service and I strive to work with regional land managers to direct my research directly toward the goal of active restoration, management and conservation of local ecological communities.

Consulting Interests

Selected Publications

2018: Sixty years of community change in the prairie-savanna-forest mosaic of Wisconsin, Ecology and evolution

2017: Do metacommunity mass effects predict changes in species incidence and abundance?, Ecography (11-23 pp.)

2016: Combining Biodiversity Resurveys across Regions to Advance Global Change Research, BioScience (73-83 pp.)

2016: Do associations between native and invasive plants provide signals of invasive impacts?, Biological Invasions (3465-3480 pp.)

2016: The pace of plant community change is accelerating in remnant prairies, Science Advances - he American Association for the Advancement of Science

2014: Is taxonomic homogenization linked to functional homogenization in temperate forests?, Global Ecology and Biogeography (894-902 pp.)

2014: Trait-environment relationships remain strong despite fifty years of trait compositional change in temperate forests. , Ecology (1780–1791 pp.)

: Long-term dynamics of Beech (Fagus grandifolia) metacommunities at the edge of its range, Midwest Naturalist

2012: Plant community survey and resurvey data from the Wisconsin Plant Ecology Laboratory, Biodiversity and Ecology (1-12 pp.)

2011: Colonization and Effects of Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata), European Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica), and Bell's Honeysuckle (Lonicera × bella) on Understory Plants After Five Decades in Southern Wisconsin Forests, Invasive Plant Science and Management (317-325 pp.)

2011: Convergence in forest community composition along an edaphic gradient threatens landscape-level diversity, Diversity & Distributions (201–213 pp.)

University Service

2017: Faculty Advisor - UWP Environmental Club
2015: Committee Member - General Education Committee
2014: Committee Member - Master Plan Steering Committee
BIOS 102 - Organismal Biology
BIOS 210 - Biostatistics
BIOS 324 - Botany
BIOS 336 - Conservation Ecology
BIOS 436 - Conservation Ecology Lab
BIOS 445 - Expermntl Mthds Ecology/Evoltn
BIOS 445 - Research Mthds Ecology/Evolutn
BIOS 499 - Independent Study:
BIOS 636 - Conservation Ecology Lab
BIOS 699 - Independent Study:
BIOS 711 - Thesis
ENVS 499 - Independent Study:
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