ELIZABETH R. MATTHEWS
email: lizmatthews03 “at” gmail.com
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The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
PhD in Plant Ecology (2011)
Co-advisors: Robert K. Peet and Alan S. Weakley
Dissertation title: “Piedmont alluvial vegetation: Classification, geographic variation, and restoration”
Organization for Tropical Studies
Graduate course in Tropical Ecology, Costa Rica (2007)
The University of the South, Sewanee
B.S. in Natural Resources (2003)
The University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
Undergraduate classes in Forestry and Geography (2001)
Botanist, National Park Service
National Capital Region Inventory and Monitoring Program (May 2013 – present)
Postdoctoral associate, University of California – Santa Barbara
California Phenology Project (December 2010 – May 2013)
Graduate teaching assistant, University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill
Fundamentals of Ecology (Spring 2009, 2010 and Fall 2010)
Adjunct faculty, Elon University
Current Issues in Environmental Science (Winter 2009)
Research assistant, Robert K. Peet advisor
Brownwater alluvial plant communities of the North Carolina Piedmont, UNC-CH (2006 – 2008)
Graduate teaching assistant, University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill
Introductory Biology (Fall 2005)
Instructor, Mountain Trail Outdoor School, Hendersonville, NC
Environmental education primarily for middle school students; classes included Forest Ecology, Stream Ecology, Geology (2004-2005)
Invasive species manager, The Nature Conservancy: NC Mountains District Office, Saluda, NC
Coordinated invasive plant species as part of McClure’s Bog restoration project (Summer 2004)
Intern, The Nature Conservancy: NC Mountains District Office
Participated in site inventory and monitoring projects, coordinated community clean-up events, created plant invasive species handbook for volunteers, led volunteer work days, and more (Fall 2003)
Matthews, E.R., Peet, R.K., and Weakley, A.S. 2011. Classification and description of alluvial plant communities of the Piedmont region, North Carolina, U.S.A. Applied Vegetation Science 14:485-505.
MANUSCRIPTS IN PREPARATION
Matthews, E.R., Lee, M.T., and Peet, R.K. The use of quantitative vegetation type descriptions to provide targets for restoration. In preparation for Ecological Applications.
Matthews, E.R. High vascular plant richness in low order streams of the Piedmont region, North Carolina, USA. In preparation for Wetlands.
Matthews, E.R. Riparian connectivity and the role of niche-assembly and dispersal assembly processes in shaping alluvial metacommunity composition. In preparation for Journal of Vegetation Science.
FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, AND AWARDS
Ton Damman Award for best oral presentation in Vegetation Science at ESA Annual Meeting (2010)
University of North Carolina Graduate School Impact Award (2010)
W.C. Coker Fellowship in Botany (2009): $11,000
Alma Holland Beers Scholarship (2009): $800
North Carolina Beautiful, Moore Fellowship (2008): $5,000
Society of Wetland Scientists, Student Grant (2008): $1,000
Society of Wetland Scientists, South Atlantic Chapter Student Travel Award to attend Association of Southeastern Biologists annual meeting (2007): $100
NC Environmental Enhancement Program and Carolina Vegetation Survey: study on wetland plant communities of North Carolina (2006-2008)
Mrs. W.C. Coker Fellowship in Botany, UNC-CH (2005-2007): $5,000 annually
Distinction on comprehensive exams, Sewanee (2003)
Pi Sigma Alpha member, National Political Science Honor Society (2002-2003)
Order of Gownsmen, Honor Society, Sewanee (2000-2003)
Wilkins Scholar, Sewanee (1999-2003)
ACADEMIC SERVICE AND AFFILIATIONS:
Advisor to NC Beautiful in distribution of $50,000 Phillip Morris Grant to North Carolina middle school students to learn about water resources and conservation
Chair of UNC Ecology Curriculum Seminar Planning Committee (2007-2008)
Member of UNC Ecology Curriculum Seminar Planning Committee (2006-2007)
Ecological Society of America (2005 – present)
Association of Southeastern Biologists (2005-present)
Undergraduate and graduate mentoring:
-Alyssa Stewart: Piedmont Rivers Project field assistant
-Sally Whisler: honors biology thesis mentor
Matthews, E.R., Brigham, C., Coles, J., Evenden, A., Fritzke, S., Gerst, K., Haggerty, B., Haultain, S., Hoines, J., Mazer, S., Samuels, S., Thomas, K., and J. Weltzin. The California Phenology Project: Tracking nature’s pulse to assess climate change response across California landscapes and national parks. California Native Plant Society 2012 Conservation Conference, San Diego, CA. January 2012.
Mazer, S., and E.R. Matthews. The California Phenology Project at Joshua Tree National Park: Monitoring phenological activity and its link to climate change. The Black Rock Lecture Series hosted by the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park. January 2012.
Matthews, E.R. Alluvial vegetation of the southeastern U.S. Piedmont region: Classification, geographic variation, and restoration. Rancho Santa Ana Botany Seminar Series, Claremont, CA. October 2011.
Evenden, A.E., and E.R. Matthews. Understanding and communicating climate change: Introducing the California Phenology Project. California Native Plant Society Fall Conservation Symposium, San Diego, CA. September 2011.
Matthews, E.R., Lee, M., Boyle, M.F., and R.K. Peet. An expert system for generating restoration targets for Carolina Piedmont riparian vegetation. NCSU Stream Restoration Conference, Raleigh, NC. November 2010.
Matthews, E.R., and R.K. Peet. Compositional variation in alluvial plant communities: the role of space and environemtn in a connected habitat. Ecological Society of America Annual meeting, Pittsburgh, PA. August 2010.
Matthews, E.R. Piedmont alluvial vegetation: Describing variation in composition and structure to guide restoration. East Carolina University, Research In Progress Seminar Series. April 2010.
Matthews, E.R. Restoring Riparian Vegetation in North Carolina. UNC Annual Graduate Student Recognition Ceremony, April 2010.
Matthews, E.R., Peet, R.K., Weakley, A.S. and T.R. Wentworth. Compositional consistency of alluvial vegetation types across spatial scales. Ecological Society of America Annual meeting, Albuquerque, NM. August 2009.
Peet, R.K., Matthews, E.R., Boyle, M.F., Wentworth, T.R., and B.L. Wichmann. Application of the US National Vegetation Classification as a guide to ecosystem restoration and management in the Carolinas and assessment of current data. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM. August 2009.
White, J.M., Boyle, M.F., Jacobs, L.A., Jobe, R.T., Kostelnik, K.M., Matthews, E.R., Ott, J.E., Weakley, A.S., Wentworth, T.R., Wheeler, B.E., and R. K. Peet. Geographic affinities of floras: A vector approach. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI. August 2008.
Matthews, Elizabeth R., Robert K. Peet, Alan S. Weakley, and Thomas Wentworth. Alluvial plant communities of Piedmont brown-water rivers: The Cape Fear, Tar, and Neuse River Basins. Association of Southeastern Biologists Annual Meeting, Spartanburg, SC. April 2008.
Matthews, Elizabeth R., Robert K. Peet, Alan S. Weakley, and Thomas Wentworth. Alluvial plant communities of Piedmont brown-water rivers. Association of Southeastern Biologists Annual Meeting, Columbia, SC. April 2007.
Apple, C., A. Cooke, G. Cumming, E. Matthews, K. Savvas, and D. Winters. 2006. Putting National Forest Management in Context: Ecological and Cultural Factors to Consider. Presented for UNC-CH Curriculum in Ecology Fall Seminar Series, Fall 2006.