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David D. Biesboer

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David D. Biesboer
Professor, Director - Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories


Research Interests

Our laboratory focuses on the study of nitrogen cycling in wetlands; ecoystem studies; ecophysiology and anatomy of higher plants; and vegetation management. Current projects include studying the use of grasses to control erosion in Minnesota; nitrogen cycling in coastal lagoons and dry forests of Brazil; nitrogen cycling in a bog in northern Minnesota; and the population dynamics of wild rice in and near Lake Itasca.

Selected Publications

de Freitas, C.A., F.R. Scarano, and D.D. Biesboer. 2003. Morphological variation in two facultative epiphytic bromeliads growing on the floor of a swamp forest. Biotropica 35(4): 546-550.

Benik, S.R., B.MN. Wilson, D.D. Biesboer, B. Hansen, and D. Stenlund. 2003. Evaluation of erosion control products using natural rainfall events. J. Soil and Water Conserv. 58(2): 98-104.

Gould, W.A., D.A. Walker, and D.D. Biesboer. 2003. Combining research and education: bioclimatic zonation along a Canadian Arctic transect. Submitted to Polar Research. Arctic 56 (1): 45-54.

Biesboer, D.D. 2002. Nitrogen balance in Iron Springs Bog: a coniferous seepage slope. Ver. Internat. Verein. Limnol. æ28: 1151-1644.

Biesboer, D.D. and S. Benick. æ2000. æNutrient and nitrogen cycling in Iron Springs Bog: A conifer seepage slope. Ver. Internat. Verein. Limnol. æ27: 1641-1156..

Biesboer, D.D., M.F. Binford, and A. Kolata. 1998. Nitrogen fixation and denitrification in the high altiplano, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia. Biotropica. In press.

Biesboer, D.D., S. Neid, and B. Darveaux. 1998. Salt tolerance in short-statured native grasses. Minnesota Department of Transporation Research Report. 1998-16, 92 pp.

Biesboer, D.D., F. Estevez, and A. Prast. 1998. Nitrogen fixation and denitrification in Lagoa Imboacica, a coastal lagoon of Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. Ver. Internat. Verein. Limnol. 26: 1412-1417.

Newman, R.M., K.L. Holmberg, D.D. Biesboer, B.G. Penner. 1996. Effects of a potential biocontrol agent, Euhrychiopsis lecontei, on Eurasian watermilfoil in experimental tanks. Aquatic Botany 53: 131-150.


Ph.D., Indiana University, 1979
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724 Biological Sciences
1445 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108