Faculty & Staff Profile
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
Restoration of severely-disturbed lands
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
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.
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
Society for Range Management
Society for Ecological Restoration International