Jean Marie Hartman
Applications of ecological thinking to landscape design

Cook Campus
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

Dept of Landscape Architecture

Jean Marie Hartman received her Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Connecticut, after first earning her M.S. in Landscape Architecture and B.S. in Botany from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Dr. Hartman’s lab group has conducted research on population dynamics and evolution of both rare and invasive plant species, on field methods for evaluating wetlands, and on plant succession in abandoned fields and restoration sites. Her current research focus is on systems functions within watersheds. For example a current grant concerns the role of forests in watershed management, in which she is investigating the relationship between soil erodibility and urban forest composition and structure. She is also consulting on a tamarack bog restoration at the Bath Nature Preserve, in Bath, Ohio.

In the past, Dr. Hartman conducted site analysis, consulted on freshwater and tidal wetland restoration design, and conducted post restoration monitoring in the New Jersey Meadowlands. Within this framework, several research projects produced useful insights into the restoration process and facilitated improvements in restoration outcomes. In addition, Dr. Hartman initiated a study of how initial conditions can influence the plant community dynamics of old field succession. Her work demonstrated difference in rates of warm season grass establishment related to soil pH changes that have proven useful in successful meadow design. The same project demonstrated differences in woody species establishment and growth that can be used to facilitate vegetation changes.