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Research Assistant


Dustin Wolkis, B.S.

B.S. Conservation Biology and Ecology Arizona State University, 2012

Diploma, Master Recording Program Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences, 2002

  • Email: dwolkis@dbg.org
  • Phone: 480 481.8175


  • Use of native seeds in Sonoran Desert restoration and revegetation
  • Conservation of rare plants and plant communities
  • Plant ecology
  • Sonoran Desert ethnobotany
  • Acoustic ecology

Personal statement

I am interested in collection and amplification of native seeds and how their use in restoration and revegetation projects effect plant communities. Specifically, how sourcing restoration project seeds from within corresponding provincial seed zones will preserve the genetic identity of native plant communities. I am broadly interested in Acoustic Ecology as a tool for understanding ecosystem patterns; for example, characterizing species diversity in the arid landscapes of the Sonoran Desert. I am also interested in ethnobotany and ecosystem services, specifically, in quantifying the medicinal plants used by native desert cultures. My graduate research is focusing on understanding the relationship between environmental factors and plant species distribution in cienega wetlands, as a basis for informing ecosystem restoration.

Conference and Workshop Presentations

Wolkis D. and S. Blackwell. April 2013. Prioritization and targeting of restoration and threatened plant species for efficient seed collecting in the Sonoran Desert. National Native Seed Conference. Santa Fe, New Mexico (poster).

Stromberg J, D Wolkis, B Scott, E Makings. April 2013.  Beyond cottonwoods: floristic restoration in an urban floodplain. 26th Meeting of the Arizona Riparian Council. Scottsdale, AZ (poster).

Stromberg J, H Bateman, J Foutz-Sweat, D Wolkis, B Scott, A Suchy, E Makings, and N Wilson. January 13, 2013. Just add water: Benefits of serendipitous restoration in an urban floodplain. CAP-LTER Fifteenth Annual Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ (poster).

Bateman H, A Bridges, E Makings, B Scott, J Stromberg, A Suchy, D Wolkis. September 10-13, 2012. Plant and animal diversity in accidentally and intentionally restored reaches along the urbanized Salt River in central Arizona. Long Term Ecological Research Network, All Scientist’s Meeting. Estes Park, Colorado. (poster).

Stromberg J, H Bateman, A Bridges, J Foltz-Sweat, E Makings, B Scott, A Suchy, D Wolkis. September 2012.  Species Diversity in Restored and Unrestored Reaches of the Urbanized Salt River. Arizona Hydrological Society Annual Water Symposium. Phoenix, AZ (oral presentation).

Wolkis D. February 4, 2012. The Central Arizona Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology. 45th Joint Annual Meeting Arizona and New Mexico Chapters of the Wildlife Society and The American Fisheries Society, Phoenix, AZ (abstract).

Stromberg J, H Bateman, E Makings, N Franz, H Rowe, S Beute, A Suchy, D Wolkis, B Scott, R DePuydt. January 13, 2012. Inventory and Monitoring of the Salt River in Phoenix. CAP-LTER Fourteenth Annual Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ (poster).

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