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Measuring height of a 3 Year old American chestnut seedling growing on a reclaimed mine site in Zanesville Ohio

Keith Gilland

Graduate Student

Ph.D. Candidate

Restoration Ecology
Ecology of the Eastern Deciduous Forest
Reintroduction of the American Chestnut
Curriculum vitae (Updated Sept. 2012)

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BS (Botany) 2007, Miami University, Oxford Ohio

TA Experience

Plant Community Ecology (PBIO 436/536): Fall 2008, 2009
Quantitative Methods (PBIO 415/515): Winter 2009, Spring 2009, Winter 2011
Woody Plants (PBIO 220): Summer 2008
Plants and People (PBIO 103): Spring 2008
General Biology Lab (BIO 101): Fall 2007, Winter 2008

Professional Activities

Ohio Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation: Secretary 2008-present
Ohio University Graduate Student Senate representative, 2009-2012
Ohio University Graduate Student Senate Original Works Grant review panel, 2009-present

Research Program Summary

I am investigating the performance of American Chestnut on former coal mine sites reclaimed using the FRA End-Dump method. Essentially this method of reclamation leaves a loose substrate that should be more suitable for tree growth than traditional methods that leave a highly compacted surface that has proven to be a hindrance to tree establishment. Additionally, these sites are serving as a springboard for the reintroduction of American Chestnut to the Eastern forest after its demise due to the arrival of the Chestnut blight in the early part of the 20th Century. A comprehensive breeding program conducted by the American Chestnut Foundation has yielded a blight resistant hybrid tree is becoming available for this reintroduction and my studies will provide insight into its suitability as a tool for mine reclamation.Click here to view my research photos

Selected References

McCarthy, BC, KE Gilland, JM Bauman, and CH Keiffer. 2010. Factors affecting performance of artificially regenerated American chestnut on reclaimed mine sites. Pages 582-597 in R.I. Barnhisel (Ed.), Bridging Reclamation, Science, and Community. Proceedings of the National Meeting of the American Society of Mining Reclamation, Pittsburgh, PA, June 5-11, 2010.

Gilland, KE, CH Keiffer, and BC McCarthy. 2012. Seed production of mature forest-grown American chestnut (Marsh.) Borkh). Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 139(3) 283-289.

In Press

Gilland, KE and BC McCarthy. December 2012. Reintroduction of American chestnut (Castanea dentata) on reclaimed mine sites in Ohio: Microsite factors controlling establishment success. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry.

In Review

Gilland, KE and BC McCarthy. (9/7/2012) Performance and phenotypic variation of American chestnut (Castanea dentata) hybrids on newly reclaimed mine sites in eastern Ohio, USA. Ecoscience.

Gilland, KE and BC McCarthy. 2012. (11/25/2012). Microtopography influences early successional plant communities on experimental mine land reclamations. Restoration Ecology.

Non-reviewed publications
Gilland KE and BC McCarthy. 2011. Book Review: A first course in statistical programming with R. by W. John Braun and Duncan J. Murdoch. Journal of The Torrey Botanical Society 138: 252-253

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