Jenise M. Bauman

Associate Professor and Academic Program Director of College of the Environment - Salish Sea Region · she/her


Dr. Jenise Bauman is a forest and restoration ecologist at Western Washington University in the College of the Environment - Salish Sea Region.  She earned her Ph.D. from Miami University, M.S. from West Virginia University, and B.S. at Eastern Kentucky University.  Dr. Bauman is initiating projects that are focused on the restoration of coal mine landscapes in the Appalachian forests, the recovery of forests in the Pacific Northwest, and the reconstruction of estuaries and riparian forests in urban areas of the Western Washington peninsulas.  Her research couples field methods with molecular techniques to better understand vegetation establishment, plant interactions, and system recovery in disturbed soils.  Research foci include belowground interactions of beneficial fungi during restoration, impact of invasive species on plant-fungal mutualisms, and plant pathology within forest restoration.


Ph.D. in Botany, Miami University (Ohio), M.S. in Forest Pathology, West Virginia University, B.S. in Horticulture, Eastern Kentucky University

Research Interests

Forest Restoration on Reclaimed coal mine sites in Appalachian Forests: 

  • Fifteen year growth, survival, mycorrhizal development, and metal acquisition of nut tissue in 10-year old hybrid chestnuts growing as restoration trees in coal mined regions of Appalachian forests. 
  • Mycorrhizal fungal mutualisms driven by carbon availability from host are significantly altered by canker disease that remove photosynthetic tissue resulting in a decrease in mycorrhizal colonization and inoculum reservoir potential.
  • Soil metals and ectomycorrhizal fungi associated with American Chestnut hybrids as reclamation trees on formerly coal mined land.  

Restoration of Forest Ecosystem Function and Services: 

  • Current M.S. Graduate Project: Assisted Migration in forest restoration 
  • Using mixed plantings of herbaceous and conifer species to accelerate riparian succession on novel coarse terraces at the Elwha River.  Study will investigate the influence lupine has on conifer mycorrhizal fungi, foliar N levels of establishing conifers, and soil development.  
  • To restore, or not to restore?  High integrity landscapes have been documented to quickly self-select the establishment of native vegetation.  However, under climate change and invasion by non-native plant species, the trajectory of native plant succession leading to recovery is less evident.  
  • The nativity and diversity of herbaceous vegetation used for erosion control with hardwood trees in restoration in eastern Tennessee may influence mycorrhizal root colonization and nutrient dynamics 

Urban Restoration:

  • Floodplain restoration within city parks reduce urban flooding through stormwater management, improve water quality, increased stream quality and fish habitat conditions, and improve riparian, floodplain, and wetland conditions.  This project is expanding a city park and restoring the stream and riparian corridor within 
  • Rapid Riparian Revegetation method is an adaptive approach for the restoration of riparian plant communities in urban environments that are under invasion from non-native species. Currently, this project has incorporated urban plantings funded by the City of Poulsbo that are used in class projects.  Results have been incorporated in park restoration planning that increase the efficiency of volunteer time, minimize herbicide use and costs, and avoid the re-planting of larger plant material 
  • The level of homogenization of salt marsh vegetative communities above and below the bridge and/or culvert in estuary sites with regard to plant recovery, soil nutrient availability, soil carbon development, and carbon to nitrogen ratios (C:N) in four unique restoration sites in Western Washington  


Shaffer, J. A., Parks, D., Campbell, K. Moragne, A., Hueske, B., Adams, P., and Bauman, J.M. 2023. Coastal beaver, Chinook, coho, chum salmon and trout response to nearshore changes resulting from diking and large-scale dam removals: synergistic ecosystem engineering and restoration in the coastal zone. Nature Conservation. 53: 61–83.

Bauman, J.M., Franklin, J., and Santas, A. 2022. Castanea dentata Interactions and Ectomycorrhizal Colonization in Novel Ecosystems. Ecological Restoration.

Harris, C. and Bauman, J.M. 2022. (Root) Tips for Reclamation: The many roles of fungi in landscape recovery. Reclamation Matters Fall: 15-19.

Call, S.M. and Bauman, J. M. 2021. Tidal marsh plant community development within four restored lowland estuaries in the western Peninsulas of Washington State, USA. American Journal of Plant Science.

Critchlow, M.D. and Bauman, J.M. 2020. Assisting Nativity verses Novelty: Tree Migration in the age of the Anthropocene. Reclamation Matters Fall: 23-42.

Bauman, J.M. and Franklin, J.A. 2019. Interactions between American chestnut establishment, groundcover, and ectomycorrhizal colonization.  The Journal of American Chestnut Foundation. 33: 35-37.

Bauman, J.M., Hiremath, S., and Santas, A. 2019. Abiotic and biotic factors in coal mine soils influence ectomycorrhizal composition and symbiosis.  The Journal of American Society of Mining and Reclamation 8:1-22.

Bauman, J.M. and Kardouni 2018.  Elwha River Restoration: Tribal Voices Matter in the Restoration of Natural Resources.  Reclamation Matters 2: 23-29.

Bauman, J.M., Francino, F., and Santas, A. 2018. Interactions between ectomycorrhizal fungi and chestnut blight (Cryphonectria parasitica) on American chestnut (Castanea dentata) used in coal mine reclamation.  AIMS Microbiology 4: 104-122.

Bauman J.M., Adamson J., Brisbin R., Cline E.T., Keiffer, C.H. 2017. Soil metals and ectomycorrhizal fungi associated with American Chestnut hybrids as reclamation trees on formerly coal mined land.  International Journal of Agronomy Article ID 9731212: 1-12.

Bauman, J. M., Brisbin, R., Gilland, K., and Cline, E.T. 2016. Metals in soil and American chestnut tissue in experimental soil treatment plots on a coal mine reclaimed site. The Journal of American Society of Mining and Reclamation 5: 1-18.

Bauman, J.M., Cochran, C., Chapman, J., and Gilland, K.  2015. Plant community development following restoration treatments on a legacy reclaimed mine site. Ecological Engineering. 83: 521-528.

Bauman, J.M.  2015. A comparison of the growth and asexual reproduction by Cryphonectria parasitica isolates infected with hypoviruses CHV3-County Line, CHV1-Euro7, and CHV1-Ep713.  American Journal of Plant Sciences. 6:73-83.

Bauman, J.M., Keiffer, C.H., and McCarthy, B.C.  2014. Backcrossed chestnut seedling performance and blight incidence (Cryphonectria parasitica) in restoration.  New Forests.  45:813-828.

Cavender, N., Byrd, S., Bechtoldt, C.L., and Bauman, J.M. 2014. Vegetation Communities of Recovering Reclaimed Grasslands Following Coal Mining in Southeastern Ohio.  Northeastern Naturalist.  21: 31-46.

Bauman, J.M., Keiffer, C.H., Hiremath S., and McCarthy, B.C.  2013.  Soil preparation methods promoting ectomycorrhizal colonization and American chestnut (Castanea dentata) establishment in coal mine restoration.  Journal of Applied Ecology.  50: 721-729.

Santas, A.J., Persaud, T., Wolfe, B. and Bauman, J.M.  2013. Non-invasive method for state-wide survey of Cryptobranchus a. alleganiensis (Eastern Hellbender) using environmental DNA.  International Journal of Zoology. Article ID 174056, 1-6. 

Bauman, J.M., Cochran, C., Keiffer, C.H., and McCarthy, B.C. 2013. American chestnut’s role in the ecological restoration of coal mined landscapes.  The Journal of the American Chestnut. 5:15-18.

Bauman, J.M., Byrne, C., and Hiremath, S. 2013.  Ailanthus altissima (Tree-of-Heaven) interferes with beneficial symbionts with negative impacts on oak regeneration.  Journal of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation. 2: 1-16.

Hiremath, S., McQuattie, C., Podila, G., Lehtoma, K., and Bauman, J.M.  2013. Molecular marker genes for ectomycorrhizal symbiosis.  International Journal of Pharma and Bio Sciences. 4: 1075-1088. 

Bauman, J.M., Keiffer, C.H. and Hiremath, S.  2012. Facilitation of American chestnut (Castanea dentata) seedling establishment by Pinus virginiana in mine restoration.  International Journal of Ecology. Article ID 257326: 1-12.

Brown, J.E., Bauman, J.M., Lawrie, J.F., Rocha, O. J., and Moore, R. C.  2012. The structure of morphological and genetic diversity in natural populations of Carica papaya in Costa Rica. Biotropica. 44: 179-188.

Bauman, J.M., Keiffer, C.H. and Hiremath, S.  2012. The efficiency of introduced Pisolithus tinctorius on backcrossed chestnut germination and survival.   Pages 6-23 in: Barnhisel, R.I., (ed.). The American Society of Mining and Reclamation Proceedings. Sustainable Reclamation.

Tupelo, MS. Hiremath, S., Lehtoma, K., and Bauman, J.M.  2012.  Survey for the presence of Phytophthora cinnamomi on reclaimed mined lands in Ohio chosen for restoration of the American Chestnut. Journal American Society of Mining and Reclamation. 2: 68-79.

Bauman, J.M. and Cavender, N.  2011. The Wilds: Center for Conservation, Restoration, and Public Outreach.  Pages 19-24 in: J. Skousen (Ed.), Restoration Matters. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Bauman, J.M.  2011. Reforesting Ohio using a historical legend:  Blight-resistant chestnut hybrids as a coal mine restoration tree.  Ohio Woodland Journal. 18: 26-29.

Bauman, J. M., Keiffer, C. H. and Hiremath, S. 2011.  The Influence of Inoculated and Native Ectomycorrhizal Fungi on Morphology, Physiology and Survival of American Chestnut. Pages  16-37 in: Barnhisel, R.I., (ed.). The American Society of Mining and Reclamation Proceedings. Sciences Leading to Success. Lexington, KY.

Schussler, E.E., Rowland, F.E., Distel, C.A., Bauman, J.M., Keppler, M.L.  Kawarasaki, Y., McCarthy, M.R., Glover, A., and Salem, H. 2011. Promoting the Development of Graduate Student Teaching Philosophy Statements.  Journal of College Science Teaching. 40: 26-29.

McCarthy, B.C., Bauman, J.M., and Keiffer, C.H. 2008.  Mine reclamation strategies for the Restoration of American chestnut (Castanea dentata). Ecological Restoration. 26: 292 - 294.

Teaching Schedule

ESCI 340 - Biostatistical Analysis

ESCI 407 - Forest Ecology

ESCI 470 - Ecological Restoration 

ESCI 502 - Applied Statistics in Environmental Science