Jim Doherty

Science Instructor

B.S., Binghamton University
M.S., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jim Doherty earned his B.S. in Biological Sciences from Binghamton University (State University of NY) and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Botany from University of Wisconsin-Madison. His graduate research focused on the link between wetland biodiversity and the essential ecosystem-level functions and services wetlands provide (e.g., production of plant biomass, provision of bird habitat, storage of flood waters, and improvement of water quality). One big question: Would simply planting more species in newly created wetlands hasten the development of ecosystem functions?

Throughout his academic training, Jim was involved in a wide variety of teaching activities: tutoring panicked organic chemistry students, mentoring undergraduate researchers doing their first ecological studies/experiments, teaching sections of introductory biology labs, guest lecturing for undergraduate and graduate botany courses, and working with members of the general public on citizen science projects and on restoration work crews at UW-Madison Arboretum. Jim is passionate about helping students learn to approach problems in a scientific way, and is excited to work with the exceptional students of Stanford OHS.

When not teaching, he enjoys visiting wetlands, running, tennis, coffee, NPR, and reading plays.


Doherty, J. M. and J. B. Zedler. In press. Biodiversity-ecosystem function (BEF) theory and wetland restoration. Encyclopedia of Wetlands.

Doherty, J. M., J. F. Miller, S. G. Prellwitz, A. M. Thompson, S. P. Loheide II, and J. B. Zedler. 2014. Bundles and tradeoffs among six wetland services were associated with hydrologic regime. Ecosystems. 17:1026-1039. (Link to publication)

Doherty, J. M. and J. B. Zedler. 2014. Dominant graminoids support restoration of productivity but not diversity in urban wetlands. Ecological Engineering 65:101–111. (Link to publication)

Zedler, J. B., J. M. Doherty, and I. Rojas-Viada. 2014. Restoring wetlands in Leopold’s Arboretum requires sustainable management. Water 6(1):104–121. (Link to publication)

Zedler, J. B., J. M. Doherty, and N. A. Miller. 2012. Shifting restoration policy to address landscape change, novel ecosystems, and monitoring. Ecology and Society 17(4): 36. (Link to publication)

Olson, E. R. and J. M. Doherty. 2012. The legacy of pipeline installation on the soil and vegetation of southeast Wisconsin wetlands. Ecological Engineering 39:53–62. (Link to publication)

Doherty, J. M., J. C. Callaway, and J. B. Zedler. 2011. Diversity-function relationships changed in a long-term restoration experiment. Ecological Applications 21:2143–2155. (Link to publication)