Faculty & Staff Profile

Matthew Simmons

Associate Professor
Agriculture and Natural Resources Department
(218) 281-8141

Courses Currently Teaching

NATR 3364-001: Plant Taxonomy

NATR 3364-002: Plant Taxonomy

NATR 3364-003: Plant Taxonomy

NATR 3488-001: Invasive Species Ecology/Mgmt

NATR 3580-001: Adv Ecological Restoration

NATR 3660-001: Prairie Ecosystem Management

Research Interests

  • Wetland restoration

  • Restoration of severely-disturbed lands

  • Plant ecology

  • Authentic science inquiry in education

Awards, Distinctions, and Honors

  • 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.

  • Faculty/Staff Member of the Month, University of Minnesota, Crookston, December 2011.

  • CAS Research Fellowship for International Young Researchers, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2007.

  • CAS Fellowships for Young International Scientists, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2009.

  • 2014 Outstanding Educator Award

Selected Publications

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Rangeland Ecology and Management, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2007

  • M.S., Wildlife and Range Resources, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 2001

  • B.S., Wildlife and Range Resources, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 1999

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Range Management

  • Society for Ecological Restoration International

In the News

October 2, 2017
Associate Professor Matt Simmons and his students heated things up during their first lab of the semester. Simmons had his Habitat Restoration class out to the Pankratz Prairie area near Crookston for a prescribed burn.