Madsen, Matt

Plant & Wildlife Sciences

Email: 1nbuuifx/nbetfoAczv/fev  (Email Form)

5048  LSB
Provo, UT 84602
(801) 422-2458

Assistant Professor

Curriculum Vitae

 Research Interests
The primary objective of my research program is to determine the limiting factors
controlling rangeland-seeding success and utilize this knowledge in the development of
methodologies and technologies that result in the establishment of functional plant
communities. Linked objectives include: 1) quantifying the role and impact of edaphic,
climatic and biotic factors on plant survival and plant productivity; 2) determining how
barriers to restoration success vary across the landscape; and 3) developing and or
identifying seed enhancement technologies (e.g., seed coating, pelleting, deterrents,
biological and physiological treatments, and other non-traditional methods) that are
capable of mitigating ecological processes and conditions limiting plant establishment. In
addition to rangeland systems I am also seeking to develop and apply innovative seed
enhancement technologies for use in other ecosystem types and in various agricultural
sectors.
 Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation, Brigham Young University, 2010
  • Master of Science, Soil Science, Utah State University, 2008
  • Bachelor of Science, Watershed Science, Utah State University, 2004
 Experience

Government
  • Research Ecologist/GS13, USDA-Agricultural Research Service, 2010-2015

 Honors and Awards
  • USDA-Agricultural Research Service : • Early Career Research Scientist of the Year for the Pacific West Area Region
 Courses Taught

Fall 2016
  • PWS 416: Rangeland Vegetation Imprvmnt Section 001
  • PWS 494R: Mentored Learning Experience Section 026
  • PWS 598R: Adv Topics in PWS Section 001
  • PWS 697R: Research Section 024
  • PWS 699R: Master's Thesis Section 024
Winter 2016
  • PWS 215: Principles of Range Management Section 001
  • PWS 494R: Mentored Learning Experience Section 026

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Madsen MD, Hulet A, Phillips K, Staley JL, Davies KW, Svejcar TJ. 2016. Extruded seed pellets: A novel approach to enhancing sagebrush seedling emergence. Native Plant Journal. 17:230-243.

Roundy BA, Madsen MD. 2016. Frost dynamics of sagebrush steppe soils. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 80:1403-1410.  doi:10.2136/sssaj2016.03.0087

Madsen MD, Kostka SJ, Fidanza MA, Barney NS, Badrakh T, McMillan MF. 2016. Low-dose Application of non-ionic alkyl terminated block copolymer surfactant enhances turfgrass seed germination and plant growth. HortTechnology. 26:379-385.

Madsen MD, Davies KW, Boyd CS, Kerby JD, Svejcar TJ. 2016. Emerging Seed Enhancement Technologies for Overcoming Barriers to Restoration. Restoration Ecology. 24:S77-S84.  doi:10.1111/rec.12332

Madsen MD, Zvirzdin DL, Petersen SL, Hopkins BG, Roundy BA. 2015. Anchor Chaining’s Influence on Soil Hydrology and Seeding Success in Burned Pinon-Juniper Woodlands. 68(3):231-240.  doi:10.1016/j.rama.2015.03.010

Davies KW, Boyd CS, Johnson DD, Nafus AM, Madsen MD. 2015. Success of Seeding Native Compared with Introduced Perennial Vegetationfor Revegetating Medusahead-Invaded Sagebrush Rangeland. 68(3):224-230.  doi:10.1016/j.rama.2015.03.004

Davies KW, Madsen MD, Nafus AM, Boyd CS, Johnson DD. 2014. Can Imazapic and Seeding Be Applied Simultaneously to RehabilitateMedusahead-Invaded Rangeland? Single vs. Multiple Entry. 67(6):650-656.  doi:10.2111/REM-D-14-00019.1

Svejcar T, Boyd C, Davies K, Madsen MD, Bates J, Sheley R, Marlow C, Bohnert D, Borman M, Mata-Gonzalez R, et al. 2014. Western Land Managers will Need all Available Tools for Adapting to Climate Change, Including Grazing: A Critique of Beschta et al. 53(6):1035-1038.  doi:10.1007/s00267-013-0218-2

Davies KW, Bates JD, Madsen MD, Nafus AM. 2014. Restoration of Mountain Big Sagebrush Steppe Following Prescribed Burning to Control Western Juniper. 53(5):1015-1022.  doi:10.1007/s00267-014-0255-5

Madsen MD, Davies KW, Mummey DL, Svejcar TJ. 2014. Improving Restoration of Exotic Annual Grass-Invaded Rangelands ThroughActivated Carbon Seed Enhancement Technologies. 67(1):61-67.  doi:10.2111/REM-D-13-00050.1

Madsen MD, Davies KW, Mummey DL, Svejcar TJ. 2014. Improving imazapic selectivity through activated carbon seed enhancement technologies. Rangeland Ecology & Management. 67:61-67.

Madsen MD, Coronel EG, Hopkins BG. 2013. Soil Surfactant Products for Improving Hydrologic Function in Post-FireWater-Repellent Soil. 77(5):1825-1830.  doi:10.2136/sssaj2012.0305

Davies KW, Nafus AM, Madsen MD. 2013. Medusahead invasion along unimproved roads, animal trails, and random transects. 73(1):54-59.

Madsen MD, Zvirzdin D, Kostka S. 2013. Improving reseeding success after catastrophic wildfire with surfactant seed coating technology. 15.

Madsen MD, Kostka S, Hulet A, Mackey B, Harrison M, Mcmillan M. 2013. Surfactant seed coating–a strategy to improve turfgrass establishment on water repellent soils. 205–210.

Madsen MD, Petersen SL, Fernelius KJ, Roundy BA, Taylor AG, Hopkins BG. 2012. Influence of soil water repellency on seedling emergence and plant survival in a burned semi-arid woodland. Arid Land Research and Management. 26(3):236-249.  doi:10.1080/15324982.2012.680655

Madsen MD, Kostka SJ, Inouye AL, Zvirzdin DL. 2012. Postfire Restoration of Soil Hydrology and Wildland Vegetation UsingSurfactant Seed Coating Technology. 65(3):253-259.  doi:10.2111/REM-D-11-00083.1

Madsen MD, Davies KW, Williams CJ, Svejcar TJ. 2012. Agglomerating seeds to enhance native seedling emergence and growth. 49(2):431-438.  doi:10.1111/j.1365-2664.2012.02118.x

Madsen MD, Petersen SL, Roundy BA, Hopkins BG, Taylor AG. 2012. Comparison of Postfire Soil Water Repellency Amelioration Strategies on Bluebunch Wheatgrass and Cheatgrass Survival. 65(2):182-188.  doi:10.2111/REM-D-10-00152.1

Madsen MD, Zvirzdin DL, Petersen SL, Hopkins BG, Roundy BA, Chandler DG. 2011. Soil Water Repellency within a Burned Pinon-Juniper Woodland: SpatialDistribution, Severity, and Ecohydrologic Implications. 75(4):1543-1553.  doi:10.2136/sssaj2010.0320

Madsen MD, Zvirzdin DL, Davis BD, Petersen SL, Roundy BA. 2011. Feature Extraction Techniques for Measuring Pinon and Juniper Tree Coverand Density, and Comparison with Field-Based Management Surveys. 47(5):766-776.  doi:10.1007/s00267-011-9634-3

Davies KW, Petersen SL, Johnson DD, Davis DB, Madsen MD, Zvirzdin DL, Bates JD. 2010. Estimating Juniper Cover From National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) Imagery and Evaluating Relationships Between Potential Cover and Environmental Variables. 63(6):630-637.  doi:10.2111/REM-D-09-00129.1

Madsen MD. 2010. Influence of soil water repellency on postfire revegetation success and management techniques to improve establishment of desired species.

Madsen MD, Chandler DG, Belnap J. 2008. Spatial gradients in ecohydrologic properties within a pinyon-juniperecosystem. 1(4):349-360.  doi:10.1002/eco.29

Madsen MD. 2008. Measurement of fine spatial scale ecohydrologic gradients in a pinyon-juniper ecosystem.

Madsen MD, Chandler DG, Reynolds WD. 2008. Accounting for bias and boundary condition effects on measurements ofsaturated core hydraulic conductivity. 72(3):750-757.  doi:10.2136/sssaj2007.0254

Madsen MD, Chandler DG. 2007. Automation and use of mini disk infiltrometers. 71(5):1469-1472.  doi:10.2136/sssaj2007.0009N

Lebron I, Madsen MD, Chandler DG, Robinson DA, Wendroth O, Belnap J. 2007. Ecohydrological controls on soil moisture and hydraulic conductivity within a pinyon-juniper woodland. 43(8).  doi:10.1029/2006WR005398

Conference Proceedings

Fernelious KJ, Madsen MD, Russell KA, Roundy BA, Hopkins BG. 2015. Effects of Post-Fire Soil Hydrophobicity on Inorganic Soil Nitrogen and Sulfur Cycling. Brookings, SD: International Plant Nutrient Institute. <website>

Presentations

Morris J, Petersen SL, Madsen MD. Effects of soil type and precipitation on seedling demography of the native grass, Elymus Elymoides. Annual Meeting for the Society for Range Management. Saint George, Utah, USA. 2017 .

Phillips K, Whitaker D, Schenk R, Madsen MD. Hydrophobic seed coatings for improving rangeland restoration: fall re-seeding. Annual Meeting for the Society for Range Management. Saint George, Utah, USA. 2017 .

Nelson S, Petersen W, Svedin J, Madsen MD, Anderson VJ, Hansen NC, Hopkins BG. Mulch and polyacrylamide for increasing soil moisture and seeding success. Annual Meeting for the Society for Range Management. Saint George, Utah, USA. 2017 .

Morris J, Madsen MD, Taylor J, Petersen SL, Lawrence C, Anderson VJ. Novel approach for improving rangeland seeding success with imazapic herbicide, cultivator sweeps, and a rangeland drill. Annual Meeting for the Society for Range Management. Saint George, Utah, USA. 2017 .

Madsen MD, Call R, Richardson W, Phillips K, Bates T, Whitlock T. Novel seed technologies to enhance Wyoming big sagebrush seed delivery and performance. Annual Meeting for the Society for Range Management. Saint George, Utah, USA. 2017 .

Fund A, Hulvey K, Johnson D, Tilley D, Jensen S, Madsen MD. Novel techniques for enhancing native forb germination and establishment on great basin rangelands. Annual Meeting for the Society for Range Management. Saint George, Utah, USA. 2017 .

Bates T, Madsen MD, Call R, Anderson R, Hoose B. Novel techniques for improving sagebrush seed delivery. Annual Meeting for the Society for Range Management. Saint George, Utah, USA. 2017 .

Hulet A, Davies K, Madsen MD, Boyd C, Gregg M. Restoring sagebrush after mega-fires: success of different restoration methods across and elevation gradient. Annual Meeting for the Society for Range Management. Saint George, Utah, USA. 2017 .

Call R, Madsen MD, Richardson W, Bates T. The use of fungicides, abscisic acid, and hydrophobic coatings to improve sagebrush seeding success. Annual Meeting for the Society for Range Management. Saint George, Utah, USA. 2017 .

Richardson W, Madsen MD, Phillips K, Roundy BA, Whitaker D. The use of predictive modeling to establish the practicality of coating seeds with abscisic acid. Annual Meeting for the Society for Range Management. 2017 .

Anderson R, Madsen MD, Richardson W, Phillips K, Bates T, Whitaker D, Poulson G. Use of solid matrix priming and extrusion technology to improve seed germination timing. Annual Meeting for the Society for Range Management. Saint George, Utah, USA. 2017 .

Madsen MD. Novel seed treatments to reduce the risk of post-fire seeding failure. Western Native Plant Conference. Vancouver, Washington, USA. 2016 .

Roundy BA, Madsen MD, Badrakh T. Frost seedbed conditions on sagebrush steppe rangelands of the Great Basin. 69th Annual Meeting. Corpus Christi, Texas. 2016 .

Madsen MD, Hulet A, Svejcar T. Inducing rapid seed germination of native cool season grasses with solid matrix priming and seed extrusion technology. Annual Meeting for the Society for Range Management. Corpus Christi, Texas, USA. 2016 .

Porensky LM, Baughman O, Leger EA, Perryman BL, Madsen MD, Williamson M. Innovative techniques for weakening cheatgrass-wildfire feedbacks in the Colorado Plateau and Great Basin. 13th Biennial Conference of Science and Management on the Colorado Plateau & Southwest Region. Flagstaff, Arizona, USA. 2015 .

Madsen MD, Herbert M, Winn M, McFarland A, McMillan MF, Kostka SJ. Influence on Non-ionic Surfactant Seed Coatings for Promoting Germination and Plant Growth under Deficit Irrigation and Non-optimal Temperatures. American Society for Horticultural Science. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. 2015 .

Madsen MD. Seed enablement technologies of the Great Basin. National Native Seed Conference. National Native Seed Conference. Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. 2015 .

Madsen MD, Hulet A, Davies KW, Boyd CS, Badrakh T, Kerby JD, Roundy BA, Svejcar TJ. Seed enhancement technologies for overcoming barriers to restoration. Annual Meeting for the Society of Range Management. Sacramento, California, USA. 2015 .

Hulet A, Davies KW, Madsen MD. The Use of Seed Enhancement Technologies to Improve Sagebrush Establishment across an Elevation Gradient. The Next Steppe: Sage-Grouse and Rangeland Wildfire in the Great Basin. Boise, Idaho, USA. 2014 .

McMillan MF, Cisar JL, Madsen MD. Experimental seed coatings increase percent emergence and cover under deficit irrigation. International Horticultural Congress. Brisbane, Australia. 2014 .

McMillan MF, Cisar JL, Madsen MD, Williams K, Kostka SJ. Experimental seed coatings improve seed germination and cover in water repellent soils. European Turfgrass Society. Osnabrueck, Germany. 2014 .

Madsen MD, Zvirzdin DL, Fernelius KJ, McMillan MF, Kostka SJ. Ecohydrologic implications and management of post-fire soil water repellency in burned piñon-juniper woodlands. European Geosciences Union General Assembly. Vienna, Austria. 2014 .

Madsen MD, Davies KW, Boyd CS, Svejcar TJ. Restoring North America’s sagebrush steppe ecosystem using seed enhancement technologies. 22nd International Grasslands Congress. Sydney, Australia. 2013 .

Madsen MD, Zvirzdin DL, Kostka SJ. Improving reseeding success after catastrophic wildfire – shifting the paradigm with surfactant seed coatings. Biohydrology Conference. Landau/Pfalz, Germany. 2013 .

Madsen MD, Kostka SJ. Surfactant Seed Coating – A strategy to improve turfgrass establishment on water repellent soils. Biohydrology Conference. Landau/Pfalz, Germany. 2013 .

Madsen MD, Zvirzdin DL, Kostka SJ. Improving rangeland seeding success in post-fire water repellent soil using surfactant seed coating technology. European Geosciences Union General Assembly. Vienna, Austria. 2013 .

Madsen MD, Kostka SJ, Hulet A, Mackey BE, Harrison MA, McMillan MF. Surfactant Seed Coating – A strategy to improve turfgrass establishment on water repellent soils. International Symposium on Adjuvants for Agrochemicals. Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. 2013 .

Madsen MD. Seed enhancement technologies for improving native plant establishment. Intermountain Native Plant Summit VII. Boise, Idaho, USA. 2013 .

Madsen MD, Zvirzdin DL. Improving rangeland seeding success in postfire water repellent soil using surfactant seed coating technology. Annual Meeting for the Society of Range Management. Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, USA. 2013 .

Madsen MD, Munday KL. Use of Biosol Forte as a seed coating to improve stand establishment of native bunchgrass species. Annual Meeting for the Society of Range Management. Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, USA. 2013 .

Madsen MD. Improving reseeding success after catastrophic wildfire with surfactant seed coating technology. ASTM International’s 33rd Symposium on Pesticide Formulation and Delivery Systems. Atlanta, Georgia, USA. 2012 .

Madsen MD, Kostka SJ, Inouye AL, Zvirzdin DL. Post-fire Restoration of Soil Hydrology and Wildland Vegetation using Surfactant Seed Coating Technology. European Geosciences Union General Assembly. Vienna, Austria. 2012 .

Madsen MD. Field response of seed agglomerate technology: First Year Evaluation. Annual Meeting for the Society of Range Management. Spokane, Washington, USA. 2012 .

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