Welcome to the Wet Ecosystem Research Group (WERG)
Dr. Marinus Otte
Dr. Donna Jacob
Dr. Marinus Otte and Dr. Donna Jacob brought the Wet Ecosystem research Group to the Department of Biological Sciences in the Fall of 2006. Prior to that the research group, then known as the Wetland Ecology Research Group, had been at University College Dublin, Ireland (1992-2006). Dr. Jacob joined the private sector to work as an environmental scientist with Houston Engineering in Fargo in 2014.
The group is about anything and everything to do with wetlands and the research covers a wide range of scales from microscopic to landscape. In recent years, Dr. Otte's work has focused more on the wider issue of water availability and quality.
Currently, WERG has EPA-funded research projects about (1) ecosystem services of restored PPR wetlands as a function of restoration age and (2) about the question of how much wetland would be needed to improve water quality in entire watersheds.
In the most recent project, Dr Otte, in his capacity as Fulbright Specialist, collaborates with Dr. Tatiana Lobato de Magalhães on a project addressing water availability and quality in the Sierra Gorda, Querétaro, Mexico, see https://uaqfulbrightspecialist.weebly.com/
Dr. Otte is also the Editor-in-Chief of the journal WETLANDS.
Also see https://youtu.be/WJZsW9G2yaM