Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

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Drew Monks

Title/s: Research Associate, Instructor

Specialty Area: Wetland Ecology, Ecosystem Service Accounting, Watershed Modelling, Renewable Energy, Wetland Biogeochemistry

Office #: IES 219

Phone: 773.508.2122

E-mail: amonks@luc.edu


Drew has been working with in Dr. Nancy Tuchman's wetland ecology lab since 2009, studying the effects of the invasive hybrid cattail, Typha x glauca, on plant diversity and nitrogen cycling in Great Lakes Coastal Marshes. He pursued a Master's in Science from Western Washington University where he used an agricultural process model called APEX to simulate a watershed in Northwestern Washington State. He investigated watershed hydrology, crop growth, and nutrient cycling in support of a project aiming to quantify environmental benefits and nutrient reductions associated with agricultural best management practices. 


  • MS in Biology from Western Washington University (2016)
  • BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Michigan (2009)

Research Interests

Drew is interested in how invasive species, including the hybrid cattail, Typha x glauca and European frog-bit, Hydrocharis morsus-ranae, affect Great Lakes Coastal Marshes' provision of ecosystem services including: biodiversity, nitrogen, phosphorus, and carbon cycling, and recreational activities associated with bird and fish diversity. He is currently investigating how various management techniques such as herbicide and mechanical harvest of wetland plants affect wetland ecosystem services, and if harvested and collected Typha can be used as an agricultural fertilizer amendment or to generate energy through combustion in a pellet furnace or anaerobic digestion. Drew aims to apply his knowledge of modelling to investigate nutrient retention benefits wetlands provide in agricultural watersheds. 

Selected Publications

Lishawa, S. C., Jankowski, K., Geddes, P., Larkin, D. J., Monks, A. M., & Tuchman, N. C. (2014). Denitrification in a Laurentian Great Lakes -coastal wetland invaded by hybrid cattail (Typha x glauca). Aquatic Sciences, 76(4), 483-495.

Monks, A. M. and Hooper, D. U. (2015). Using APEX to model nutrient retention in riparian buffers in an agricultural watershed in western Washington: Issues in model parameterization and calibration. In: Abstracts: The Ecological Society of America 100th Annual Meeting, August 9-14, 2015. Baltimore, MD.

Magruder, M., Chhin, S., Monks, A. M., & O'Brien, J. (2012). Effects of initial stand density and climate on red pine productivity within Huron National Forest, Michigan, USA. Forests, 3(4), 1086-1103.