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 has conducted research in a variety of ecosystems in the southwest, southeast, great plains, and Sierra Nevada, as well as the Pacific Northwest. 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 indulges his academic interests as an Instructor in the Department of Integrative Biology at Oregon State University, where he mentors research students and teaches courses.

Selected publications:

Gray, E.C, M.A. Bahm, R. Ferriel, and T.N. Kaye. In press. Testing germination methods and survival for a rare endemic, Barton’s raspberry (Rubus bartonianus M. Peck [Rosaceae]). Native Plants Journal.

Petix, M.I., M.A. Bahm, and T.N. Kaye. 2018. Development of techniques to improve coastal prairie restoration on the Clatsop Plains, Oregon. Natural Areas Journal 38:268-274.

Kaye, T.N., I.J. Sandlin, and M.A. Bahm. 2018. Seed dormancy and germination vary within and among species of milkweeds. AoB Plants 10:

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.