Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

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Shane Lishawa, BS, MS

Title/s: Research Associate

Specialty Area: Wetland Ecology, Invasive Species, Restoration Ecology

Phone: 872.202.3029

E-mail: slishawa@luc.edu

CV Link: Lishawa CV

About

Shane Lishawa has been a faculty Research Associate at Loyola University Chicago since 2008. He began his career at Loyola in 2007, in the now defunct Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy, where he co-developed and co-taught the Solutions to Environmental Problems (STEP) course, and managed the biodiesel lab. Prior to coming to Loyola, Lishawa worked as a field biologist for the State of Wisconsin, where he conducted biological research, invasive species monitoring, remote sensing, and GIS research and mapping (2005-2007). Lishawa developed his connection with the ecosystems of the Great Lakes region early in life, growing up in Traverse City, Michigan. His dedication to conservation and restoration was sparked by observing the rapid development of the region as a youth. 

Degrees

  • BS, Resource Ecology and Management, University of Michigan (2001)
  • MS, Forest Ecology, University of Vermont (2005)

Research Interests

Broadly, I am interested in investigating the interplay between invasive plant species and biodiversity, plant community dynamics, nitrogen and carbon cycling, and water level change in Great Lakes coastal wetland ecosystems. Furthermore, my research aims to bridge the gap between ecological research and applied restoration and conservation. In that vein, we are conducting large-scale adaptive ecological restoration experiments that test methods to treat invasive species and improve habitat values. 

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Society of Wetland Scientists
  • Society of Ecological Restoration
  • Peer-reviewer: Aquatic Botany; Journal of Great Lakes Research; Freshwater Biology; Aquatic Sciences; Wetlands; Hydrobiologia; Environmental Engineering

Awards

  • Environmental Protection Agency: People, Prosperity, and the Planet Award. Phase I. $15,000 (2017, Notice of Award Pending) Anaerobic digestion for a zero waste urban campus. Shane C. Lishawa, Zach Waickman, Andrew Monks, Brendan Carson, Zhenwei Zhu. Grant funds will be used to assess the potential to establish an anaerobic digester on the Loyola campus and to support undergraduate research experiences.
  • United States Department of Agriculture: Michigan Conservation Innovation Grant 2017. $74,976 (2017, Notice of Award Pending). Recycling watershed nutrients by using wetland invasive plants to improve crop soil health and fertility, while reducing downstream nutrient loads. Douglas R. Pearsall, Shane C. Lishawa, Eric Dunton, Dennis Albert. 
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. $8,000 (August 2016) Horicon Marsh invasive cattail harvest and anaerobic digestion. Shane Lishawa and Brendan Carson.
  • Environmental Protection Agency: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. $649,695 (July 2016) Increasing biodiversity and habitat complexity in invaded wetlands. Shane Lishawa, Nancy Tuchman, Eric Clark, Amy Schrank, Dennis Albert, Nicholas Reo, Beth Lawrence. 
  • Michigan Departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agricultural and Rural Development: Invasive Species Grant Program. $283,510 (March 2016) Novel approaches to European frogbit detection and management. Shane Lishawa, Eric Clark, Dennis Albert, Jodi Brandt, Nick Cassel.
  • Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network. $10,000 (December 2015) Managing nutrients at Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge through invasive cattail harvesting. Shane Lishawa, Brendan Carson, Dennis Albert.
  • Environmental Protection Agency: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Invasive species prevention and control. $499,727 (February 2014) Furthering capacity to maintain high quality coastal wetlands in northern Michigan. Nancy Tuchman, Shane Lishawa, Dennis Albert, Beth Lawrence, Gregory Zimmerman, and Knute Nadelhoffer.
  • Environmental Protection Agency: People, Prosperity, and the Planet Award. Phase II. $90,000 (June 2013) From pollution to possibility: A sustainable and interdisciplinary solution to biodiesel production wastewater. David Crumrine, Lane Vail, and Shane Lishawa. Grant funds used to develop an integrated biological waste-water treatment facility and to support undergraduate research experiences.
  • United Stated Department of Agriculture. $28,500 (September 2012) Sustainable urban agricultural education for a food secure and sustainable future: A workshop series. Nancy Tuchman, Lain Vail, Shane Lishawa, Stephen Mitten, and Christopher Peterson. Seed-grant for curriculum development and the development of a Large-scale Comprehensive Initiative grant proposal in 2014.
  • Environmental Protection Agency: People, Prosperity, and the Planet Award. Phase I. $15,000 (September 2012) From pollution to possibility: A sustainable and interdisciplinary solution to biodiesel production wastewater. David Crumrine, Lane Vail, and Shane Lishawa. Grant funds used to develop an integrated biological waste-water treatment facility and to support undergraduate research experiences.
  • Environmental Protection Agency: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Innovative Environmental approaches. $449,603 (September 2010) A sustainable approach for restoring wetland biodiversity. Nancy Tuchman, Dennis Albert, and Shane Lishawa.
  • Environmental Protection Agency: People, Prosperity, and the Planet Award. $75,000 (April, 2008) Biodiesel Education: Green-collar recruiting and environmental education for the next generation (BE:GREEN). Nancy Tuchman, Daniel Larkin, Shane Lishawa, Alison Varty, and Luke Beasley. Grant funds used start a comprehensive renewable energy high school outreach program.

Selected Publications

  • Lishawa SC, Carson BC, Brandt JS, Tallant JM, Reo NJ, Albert DA, Monks AM, Lautenbach JM, Clark E. 2017. Mechanical harvesting effectively controls young Typha spp. invasion and unmanned aerial vehicle data enhances post-treatment monitoring. 2017. Frontiers in Plant Science. 8 (619): 1-14.
  • Lawrence BA, Lishawa SC, Hurst N, Castillo BT, Tuchman NC. 2017. Wetland invasion by Typha × glauca increases soil methane emissions. Aquatic Botany. 137 (1): 80-87.
  • Lawrence BA, Bourke K, Lishawa SC, Tuchman NC. 2016. Typha invasion associated with reduced aquatic macroinvertebrate abundance in northern Lake Huron coastal wetlands. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 42 (6): 1412-1419.
  • Lawrence BA, Lishawa SC, Rodriguez Y, Tuchman NC. 2016. Herbicide management of invasive cattail (Typha × glauca) increases porewater nutrient concentrations. Wetlands Ecology and Management. 24 (4): 457-467.
  • Lishawa SC, Lawrence BA, Albert DA, Tuchman NC. 2015. Biomass harvest of invasive Typha promotes plant diversity in a Great Lakes coastal wetland. Restoration Ecology. 23 (3): 228-237.
  • Lishawa SC, Jankowski-Giefer KJ, Geddes P, Larkin DJ, Monks AM, Tuchman NC. 2014. Denitrification in a Laurentian Great Lakes coastal wetland invaded by hybrid cattail (Typha × glauca). Aquatic Sciences. 76 (4): 483-495.
  • Lishawa SC, Treering DJ, Vail LM, McKenna O, Grimm EC, Tuchman NC. 2013. Reconstructing plant invasions using historical aerial imagery and pollen core analysis: Typha in the Laurentian Great Lakes. Diversity and Distributions. 19 (1): 14-28.
  • Larkin DJ, Lishawa SC, Tuchman NC. 2012. Appropriation of Nitrogen by the invasive cattail Typha × glauca. Aquatic Botany. 100 (1):62-66.
  • Larkin DJ, Freyman MJ, Lishawa SC, Geddes P, Tuchman NC. 2012. Mechanisms of dominance by the invasive hybrid cattail Typha X glauca. Biological Invasions. 14 (1): 65-77.
  • Mitchell ME, Lishawa SC, Geddes P, Larkin DJ, Treering DJ, Tuchman NC. 2011. Time-dependent impacts of cattail (Typha x glauca) invasion in a Great Lakes coastal wetland complex. Wetlands. 31 (6): 1143-1149.
  • Lishawa SC, Albert DA, Tuchman NC. 2010. Water level decline promotes Typha X glauca establishment and vegetation change in Great Lakes coastal wetlands. Wetlands. 30 (6): 1085-1096.
  • Lishawa SC, Schubel AT, Tuchman NC, Varty AK. 2010. Sustainability education as a catalyst for university and community partnerships. Metropolitan Universities. 21 (1): 58-72.