Matt Bahm

Matt and BuddyMatt Bahm is Director of the Conservation Research Program at the Institute for Applied Ecology. He received his BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Ecology from Oklahoma State University, MS in Biology from Sul Ross State University, and PhD in Wildlife Science from South Dakota State University. Matt’s PhD dissertation focused on developing methods for restoration of tall- and mid-grass prairie in the northern Great Plains, including research examining grassland bird response current restoration efforts to help improve management. He has conducted extensive research into management of invasive, exotic plant species to aid in restoration of native habitats. Matt worked as an Invasive Plant Ecologist for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, documenting and developing Integrated Pest Management strategies to manage invasive plants for the park’s roughly 895,000 acres. He was active in several local Weed Management Areas and worked with a variety of partners, including federal, state, nonprofits, and private landowners to accomplish invasive plant management efforts. Prior to coming to IAE, he also taught in the biology department’s at Gonzaga University and Montana Tech.

Matt is relatively new to the Pacific Northwest, but has conducted research in a variety of ecosystems in the southwest, southeast, great plains, and Sierra Nevada. His research interests are broadly based in native habitat restoration and enjoys conducting research that can directly aid land managers. He is active in several professional societies, including the Natural Areas Association, Society for Ecological Restoration, and recently completed a term as Chair of The Wildlife Society’s Wildlife and Habitat Restoration Working Group.

Matt will get to indulge his wildlife interests as an Affiliate Faculty member of the Fisheries and Wildlife Department at Oregon State University. He will serve on graduate student committees, mentor research students, provide guest lectures, and on occasion teach courses.

Contact Matt
(541) 753-3099 ext. 401

Selected publications:

Bahm, M. A., T. G. Barnes, and K. C. Jensen.  2015. Native grass establishment using Journey® herbicide. Natural Areas Journal 35:69-73.

Bahm, M. A., T. G. Barnes, and K. C. Jensen. 2014.  Evaluation of herbicides for control of reed canarygrass (Phalaris arundinacea). Natural Areas Journal 34:459-464.

Barnes, T. G., S. J. DeMaso, and M. A. Bahm. 2013. The impact of three exotic, invasive grasses in the southeastern United States on wildlife. Invited contribution to a special issue of The Wildlife Society Bulletin 37:497-502.

Bahm, M. A., T. G. Barnes, and K. C. Jensen.  2011. Restoring native plant communities in smooth brome (Bromus inermis)-dominated grasslands. Invasive Plant Science and Management 4: 239-250.

Bahm, M. A., T. G. Barnes, and K. C. Jensen.  2011. Herbicide and Fire Effects on Smooth Brome (Bromus inermis) and Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis) in invaded prairie remnants. Invasive Plant Science and Management 4:189-197.

Bahm, M. A. and T. G. Barnes. 2011.  Native grass and forb response to pre-emergent treatment of imazapic and imazapyr. Natural Areas Journal 31:75-79.