Matthew R. Fisk
Biological Science Technician
322 East Front Street, Suite 401
Boise, ID 83702
I assist with the development of native plant materials, particularly forbs, for the Great Basin. Responsibilities include seed collecting and cleaning; plant identification; collection of pollinators and seed predators; germination studies; common garden establishment, maintenance, and data collection; and management the seed collection site, inventory and distribution database for the Great Basin. I am also the liaison to the BLM Seeds of Success Program. Other current projects include assisting with studies on post-fire seeding equipment and techniques, big sagebrush (Artemesia tridentata) seed storage and longevity and sagebrush genecology.
My research interests include native plant material development and establishment, fire ecology, entomology, climate change, plant physiology, and cave ecology and conservation.
Native plant communities are under increasing stress in a constantly changing world. Our research is focused on a wide array of topics, each playing an important role in how these intricate and fragile systems function. Studying these native communities and their interactions with the changing climatic extremes and the persistant, thriving exotics and human/agricultural involvement all emphasize the need to promote and develop conservation and restoration efforts. The lack of native plant material available for restoration is a huge problem and we are working to connect native materials with the commercial market for use in restoration.
Why This Research is Important
Past research has included reseach focused on restoration of brown coal mines in East Germany through Brandenburg University of Technology. Work included experimental vinyard and energy plantation (Robinia pseudoacacia) establishment. I have also assisted with studies on post-fire demographics and seed ecology of rush skeletonweed (Chondrilla juncea) and its potential to invade big sagebrush communities of the Great Basin.
- Boise State University, Boise, ID, BS Biology, Philosophy, 2006
Publications & Products
- Shaw, Nancy; Pellant, Mike; Fisk, Matthew; Denney, Erin. 2012. A collaborative program to provide native plant materials for the Great Basin.