UMC Home / Profiles / Matt Simmons

Faculty & Staff Profile

Matt Simmons

Associate Professor
Agriculture and Natural Resources Department
(218) 281-8141

Courses Currently Teaching

NATR 3374-001: Ecology

NATR 3374-002: Ecology

NATR 3374-003: Ecology

NATR 3374-004: Ecology

NATR 3376-001: Wetland/Riparian Ecology & Mgt

NATR 3376-002: Wetland/Riparian Ecology & Mgt

NATR 3468-001: Wldlife Habitat Mgt Techniques

NATR 3468-002: Wldlife Habitat Mgt Techniques

Research Interests

  • Authentic science inquiry in education

  • Plant ecology

  • Restoration of severely-disturbed lands

  • Wetland restoration

Awards, Distinctions, and Honors

  • 2018 Access Achievement Award

  • 2014 Outstanding Educator Award

  • Outstanding PhD Student, Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management, Texas A&M University, 2005.

  • Tom Slick Senior Graduate Fellowship, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M University, 2006.

  • CAS Fellowships for Young International Scientists, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2009.

  • CAS Research Fellowship for International Young Researchers, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2007.

  • Faculty/Staff Member of the Month, University of Minnesota, Crookston, December 2011.

Selected Publications

  • Kong, D., H. Wu, H. Zeng, X. Lu, M. Simmons, M. Wang, X. Sun, and X. Han. 2011. Plant functional group removal alters root biomass and nutrient cycling in a typical steppe in Inner Mongolia, China, Plant and Soil 346:133-144.

  • Kong, D., H. Wu, M. Wang, M. Simmons, X. Lu, Q. Yu, and X. Han. 2010. Structural and chemical differences between shoot and root-derived roots of three perennial grasses in a typical steppe in Inner Mongolia China, Plant and Soil 336:209-217.

  • Liu, Y.S., Q.M. Pan, H.D. Liu, Y.F. Bai, M. Simmons, K. Dittert, and X.G. Han. 2011. Plant responses following grazing removal at different stocking rates in an Inner Mongolia grassland ecosystem, Plant and Soil 340:199-213.

  • Lu, X., D. Kong, Q. Pan, M.E. Simmons, and X. Han. 2011. Nitrogen and water availability interact to affect leaf stoichiometry in a semi-arid grassland, Oecologia. DOI 10.1007/s00442-011-2097-7.

  • Simmons, M. E., X.B. Wu, and S. G. Whisenant. 2011. Responses of pioneer and later-successional plant assemblages to created microtopographic variation and soil treatments in riparian forest restoration, Restoration Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/j.1526- 100X.2011

  • Simmons, M.E., X.B. Wu, and S.G. Whisenant. 2007. Bottomland hardwood forest species responses to flooding regimes along an urbanization gradient, Ecological Engineering, 29:223-231.

  • Simmons, M.E., X.B. Wu, and S.G. Whisenant. 2011. Plant and soil responses to created microtopography and soil treatments in bottomland hardwood forest restoration, Restoration Ecology 19:136-146.

  • Simmons, M.E., X.B. Wu, S.L. Knight, and R.R. Lopez. 2008. Assessing the influence of field- and GIS-based inquiry on student attitude and conceptual knowledge in an undergraduate ecology lab, CBE-Life Sciences Education 7:338-345.

Educational Background

  • B.S., Wildlife and Range Resources, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 1999

  • M.S., Wildlife and Range Resources, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 2001

  • Ph.D., Rangeland Ecology and Management, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2007

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Ecological Restoration International

  • Society for Range Management

In the News

October 2, 2017
Associate Professor Matt Simmons and his students heated things up during their first lab of the semester. Simmons had his Habitat Restoration class out to the Pankratz Prairie area near Crookston for a prescribed burn.