Alison Paulson


PhD Candidate, Expected 2018, Botany, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2007: B.S. Biology (Environment and Conservation) and Biochemistry with a minor in Chemistry, University of Washington

Curriculum Vitae:


Research Interests:

I am a forest and plant community ecologist, broadly interested in the patterns and drivers of change in ecosystems, disturbance ecology, and management-oriented research. I combine observational and experimental field studies with ecological modeling to understand the systems that I work in. My current research takes advantage of historical datasets and modern National Park Service inventory and monitoring data to understand plant community change in the Great Lakes Region.

Personal Interests:

I spend most of my free time with friends and family, and will take any opportunity to be outside. You’ll frequently find me biking, hiking, botanizing, canoeing, cross-country skiing, or gardening. I enjoy learning from other cultures, especially through music. Some of my favorite music comes from Mali, where I spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Contact Info: | 608-265-2191 | 430 Lincoln Drive | Madison, WI 53703 


Paulson, A.K., S. Sanders, J. Kirschbaum, and D.M. Waller. 2016. Post-settlement ecological changes in the forests of the Great Lakes National Parks. Ecosphere 7 (10): e01490.

Waller, D.M., J. Ash, A.K. Paulson, and G. Sonnier. 2015. Letter to the editor: Tempering threats to temperate forests. Science 350 (6262): 747-748.