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Professor Presents at Ecological Society of America Conference

Monday, August 24, 2015
Pictured is Matthew Opdyke, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental science. | Photo by Jim Judkis

Matthew Opdyke, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental science at Point Park University, gave a presentation Aug. 14 at the Ecological Society of America's 100th Anniversary Conference on the wetland ecology research he conducted with Allegheny Land Trust, a nonprofit regional land conservation organization in Sewickley, Pa.

His presentation was titled "Plant succession in a restored floodplain wetland: 2010-2014." An abstract of Opdyke's presentation is published on the Ecological Society of America's website.

Opdyke earned his Ph.D. studying the connection between stream geomorphology and nitrogen cycling in steams impacted by agriculture. His postdoctoral research focused on novel, stable isotope techniques to differentiate among sources of nitrous oxide in soils.

As a professor at Point Park, Opdyke has received external grants to fund research projects with students and send them to international conferences.

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Point Park University offers natural sciences undergraduate majors in allied health, biological sciences, biotechnology, funeral service, health services and premedical and preprofessional studies and a Master of Science degree program in environmental studies.

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