Faculty & Staff Profile
Courses Currently Teaching
NATR 3364-001: Plant Taxonomy
NATR 3364-002: Plant Taxonomy
NATR 3364-003: Plant Taxonomy
NATR 3364-004: Plant Taxonomy
NATR 3488-001: Invasive Species Ecology/Mgmt
NATR 3660-001: Prairie Ecosystem Management
UMC 1202-010: Topics in Problem Solving
Authentic science inquiry in education
Restoration of severely-disturbed lands
Awards, Distinctions, and Honors
CAS Fellowships for Young International Scientists, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2009.
CAS Research Fellowship for International Young Researchers, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2007.
Faculty/Staff Member of the Month, University of Minnesota, Crookston, December 2011.
Outstanding PhD Student, Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management, Texas A&M University, 2005.
Tom Slick Senior Graduate Fellowship, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M University, 2006.
Kong, D., H. Wu, H. Zeng, X. Lu, M. Simmons, M. Wang, X. Sun, and X. Han. 2011. Plant functional group removal alters root biomass and nutrient cycling in a typical steppe in Inner Mongolia, China, Plant and Soil 346:133-144.
Kong, D., H. Wu, M. Wang, M. Simmons, X. Lu, Q. Yu, and X. Han. 2010. Structural and chemical differences between shoot and root-derived roots of three perennial grasses in a typical steppe in Inner Mongolia China, Plant and Soil 336:209-217.
Liu, Y.S., Q.M. Pan, H.D. Liu, Y.F. Bai, M. Simmons, K. Dittert, and X.G. Han. 2011. Plant responses following grazing removal at different stocking rates in an Inner Mongolia grassland ecosystem, Plant and Soil 340:199-213.
Lu, X., D. Kong, Q. Pan, M.E. Simmons, and X. Han. 2011. Nitrogen and water availability interact to affect leaf stoichiometry in a semi-arid grassland, Oecologia. DOI 10.1007/s00442-011-2097-7.
Simmons, M. E., X.B. Wu, and S. G. Whisenant. 2011. Responses of pioneer and later-successional plant assemblages to created microtopographic variation and soil treatments in riparian forest restoration, Restoration Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/j.1526- 100X.2011
Simmons, M.E., X.B. Wu, and S.G. Whisenant. 2007. Bottomland hardwood forest species responses to flooding regimes along an urbanization gradient, Ecological Engineering, 29:223-231.
Simmons, M.E., X.B. Wu, and S.G. Whisenant. 2011. Plant and soil responses to created microtopography and soil treatments in bottomland hardwood forest restoration, Restoration Ecology 19:136-146.
Simmons, M.E., X.B. Wu, S.L. Knight, and R.R. Lopez. 2008. Assessing the influence of field- and GIS-based inquiry on student attitude and conceptual knowledge in an undergraduate ecology lab, CBE-Life Sciences Education 7:338-345.
B.S., Wildlife and Range Resources, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 1999
M.S., Wildlife and Range Resources, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 2001
Ph.D., Rangeland Ecology and Management, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2007
Society for Ecological Restoration International
Society for Range Management