Stephanie (Longstaff) Hummel

Why I joined the ECS Ph.D. Program

I wanted to be part of an interdisciplinary program, to help broaden my scope of knowledge and to challenge me to see things from a different perspective.

My research

My research is broadly focused on wetlands ecology, wetlands/wildlife/plant interactions, and shallow lake wetlands ecology. My thesis research is focusing on shallow lake, wetland, ecology. I have partnered with the Red Lake Department of Natural Resources, and will conduct my field work on Red Lake Nation, located in northern Minnesota. This is a unique study area because this land has always belonged to the tribe and has never been developed or under agriculture production, making it a model study area for naturally occurring wetlands in this region. I am examining pore water chemistry, emergent vegetation composition, and sediment chemistry to help managers better predict future changes they may encounter with climate change.

Peer reviewed publications

  • Went, C., Ives, R., Hoyt, A.L., Conrad, K.E., Longstaff, S., Rose, J. (2014) Microbial Removals by a Novel Biofilter Water Treatment System. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (Accepted for publication, to be published summer 2014)
  • Longstaff, S. (2014) A Buck in the Muck? Evaluating how Wetland Provide Habitat for White-Tailed Deer and how Deer use Affects Birds within Those Wetlands. Spotlight, 9: 22-26

Presentations

  • Longstaff, S., Campa III, H., Locher A., Winterstein, S.R., Dunton, E., and Kahl, S. (2013). Bucks and Ducks: Evaluating how White-Tailed Deer Impact Wetland Vegetation Types. Presented at Ducks Unlimited Brown Bag Lunch Seminar Series, March 23, 2013, Ann Arbor, MI. (Presented by S. Longstaff)
  • Longstaff, S., Campa III, H., Locher A., Winterstein, S.R., Dunton, E., and Kahl, S. (2013). Evaluating how Deer Impact Wetland Vegetation Types. Presented at the 12th Annual, MSU, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Graduate Student Organization Research Symposium, Jan. 2013, East Lansing, MI. (Presented by S. Longstaff)
  • Longstaff, S., Campa III, H., Locher A., Winterstein, S.R., Dunton, E., and Kahl, S. (2013). Hunting not just recreation but also conservation: evaluating how deer hunting opportunities help conserve wetland vegetation types and waterfowl food resources at Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge. Presented at the Stewardship Network Conference: The Science, Practice and Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems, Jan. 24-25, 2013, East Lansing, MI. (Presented by S. Longstaff)
  • Longstaff, S., Campa III, H., Locher A., Winterstein, S.R., Dunton, E., and Kahl, S. (2012). Evaluating wetland use by white-tailed deer and the habitat suitability wetland vegetation types provide for them. Presented at the 73nd Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Dec. 9-12, 2012, Wichita, KS. (Presented by S. Longstaff)
  • Longstaff, S., Campa III, H., Locher A., Winterstein, S.R., Dunton, E., and Kahl, S. (2012). Within the Levees: Taking a look at some of the research going on at Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge. Presented at the Friends of Shiawassee Seminar Series, June 2012, Saginaw, MI. (Presented by S. Longstaff)
  • Longstaff, S., Campa III, H., Locher A., Winterstein, S.R., Dunton, E., and Kahl, S. (2011). Behind the Fence: Evaluating how white-tailed deer impact wetland vegetation types. Presented at the 72nd Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Dec. 4-7, 2011, Des Moines, IA. (Presented by S. Longstaff)