Professor Harrington, formerly chair of the Department of the Landscape Architecture, engages with conservation planning, ecological restoration and urban ecology studies. He is a registered landscape architect in the State of Wisconsin.
Current Research & Grant Activities
2013-2014 SIRE (Sustainability Innovation in Research and Education). Water, Sustainability, and Green Infrastructure: A Model 21st Century Campus by 2025. LaGro, Jr., James (PI), William Likos, Steven Loheide II, John Harrington, Christina Remucal, Matthew Ginder-Vogel.
2013-2014 SIRE (Sustainability Innovation in Research and Education). Carbon Positive Approaches to Integrating Campuses and Nature. Harrington, John (PI), Christine Scott, and James LaGro.
2010-2013 Integrated Livestock Grazing and Conservation: Managed goat grazing and interseeding in oak savanna and woodlands. http://www.la.wisc.edu/projects/grazing/
2010-2014 Joint Fire Science Program-USA.GOV. Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium. Paul Zedler PI, John Harrington, Hannah Spaul, Co-PIs.
2006-2007 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Mapping and Spatial Analysis of Prairie Remnants and Development of a GIS Model for Predicting Remnant Locations in Southwest Wisconsin. with Sarah Carter and Richard Henderson.
2005-2007 National Park Service, Ice Age Science Reserve. Landcover and Landuse Change within the Wilke-McNutt-Cross Plains Tracts of the Ice Age Science Reserve.
Selected Articles and Other Publications
Smith, Vincent and John Harrington. In review. Community food production as food security. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development.
Howell, Evelyn A., John A. Harrington, and Stephen B. Glass. 2012. Introduction to Restoration Ecology. Island Press.
Sutton, R., J. Harrington, L. Skabelund, P. MacDonagh, R. Coffman and G. Koch. 2012. Prairie-based green roofs: literature, templates and analogs. Journal of Green Building 7:143-172. Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3992/jgb.7.1.143
Harrington, John A. and Emily Kathol. 2009. Responses of Shrub Midstory and Herbaceous Layers to Managed Grazing and Fire in a North American Savanna (Oak Woodland) and Prairie Landscape. Restoration Ecology. Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 234–244.
Harrington, John and Amy Staffen. 2008. Mapping and Spatial Analysis of Prairie Remnants and Development of a GIS Model for Predicting Remnant Locations in Southwest Wisconsin. Report to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and The Prairie Enthusiasts.
Harrington, John. 2008. Vegetation Patterns and Land Cover Change for the Cross Plains Ice Age National Scientific Reserve, 1937-2007. Ice Age National Scenic Trail Office, National Park Service. March 2008. 78 pp.
Wells, Ana, Nick Balster, Stephanie Ban Wychen and John Harrington. 2008. Differences in belowground heterogeneity between anthropogenic sediments and native soils inform restoration of a dewatered reservoir in southwestern Wisconsin. Restoration Ecology 16: 678-688.
Egan, Dave and John Harrington, editors. 2006. The Conservation Legacy Lives On…Proceedings of the 19th North American Prairie Conference. Madison.
Harrington, John and Aaron Stephenson. 2005. Vegetation Survey and Analysis of the Wilkie/McNutt Properties, Ice Age National Scientific Reserve. National Park Service, Ice Age Trail Office, Madison, WI.
Research Studies by Recent Graduate Students
Kokinos, Jason, present, Thesis title: The effects of initial seeding rate on the persistence of biodiversity and community composition in dry-mesic prairies over a 12-year period; seeking MS Landscape Architecture
Nolden, Cherrie, present, Integrated goat production and conservation: ecological, economic, and social opportunities for farmers and land managers in Upper Midwest open oak systems; seeking MS Agroecology
Redmond, Jamie, present, Thesis title: A study of ecological and social benefits of restoration on an urban tributary stream; seeking MA Landscape Architecture.
Thomson, Christine Scott, present, Carbon positive approaches to integrating campuses + nature; seeking PhD Environmental Studies
Baumann, Katherine. 2013. Rotational goat browsing as a restoration tool for reducing midstory shrub density in oak savanna. MS Landscape Architecture
Slocum, Evan. 2012. Changing planting trends and species composition of the Madison area urban forest. MS Landscape Architecture
Ela, Julia. 2012. Opportunities for livestock grazing and conservation: managed goat browsing in midwestern oak openings. MS Landscape Architecture.
Smith, Vincent. 2011. Growing our own: the socioeconomic value of community food production. PhD, Environment and Resources, NIES.
Wegner, Mark. 2010. Relating urban forest canopy development to municipal expansion. MS Landscape Architecture.
Wells, Alexandra. 2009. A predictive model for tallgrass prairie remnant distribution in the SW Grassland Area of Wisconsin, USA. MS Landscape Architecture.
Read, Carrie. 2008. Spatial patterns and the underlying heterogeneity of remnant prairies in southern Wisconsin. MS Landscape Architecture.
Kearley, Ruth. 2007. A comparison of leafhopper, butterfly, and skipper species richness on prairie restorations and remnants in south central Wisconsin. MS Land Resources, NIES.
Craig, Jill. 2006. The composition of tallgrass prairie plant communities of the Upper Midwest, USA. MS Landscape Architecture.
Martin, Amy. 2006. The ecological implications of seeding density in dry mesic prairies. MS Land Resources, NIES.
White, Annie Seeger. 2005. Favorability and avoidance of spatial landscape components in wolf den site selection. MS Landscape Architecture.
Courses Taught Since 2005
- Plants and Ecology in Design
- Urban Ecology Design Seminar
- Restoration Ecology
- Vegetation Management of Natural Systems
- Field Course: Wisconsin’s Native Plant Communities
- Restoration Ecology Seminar (Fire Ecology of the Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Ecosystems; Ecology of the Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna)
- Cloud Forest Studio (Monteverde, Costa Rica)