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  • Kate Ballantine

Kate Ballantine and Rachel Rubin (Environmental Studies) and Jason Andras (Biology) received a grant from the Restore America's Estuaries: Southeast New England Program (SNEP) Watershed Grants for their project " Bioreactors for Enhanced Nitrogen Removal in Coastal Cranberry Farms." The project is for two years and four months.


Kate Ballantine was a contributing partner on a successful USDA National Resources Conservation Service award to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts supporting wetland restoration and associated research for "Cranberry Bog Conservation and Habitat Restoration."  The project is for 5 years. (May, 2020)


Rubin, R., K. Ballantine, A. Hegberg*, and J. Andras. 2022. Flooding and ecological restoration promote wetland microbial communities and soil functions on former cranberry farmland. PLoS ONE 16(12): e0260933. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0260933


Bartolucci, N.*, T. Anderson, and K. Ballantine. 2020. Restoration of retired agricultural land to wetland mitigates greenhouse gas emissions. Restoration Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1111/rec.13314


Ballantine, K., G. Davenport, L. Deegan, B. Gladfelter, C. Hatch, C. Kennedy, S. Klionsky, B. Mayton, C. Neill, T. Surasinghe, N. Valentine.  2020. Learning from the Restoration of Wetlands on Cranberry Farmland.  http://www.livingobservatory.org/learning-report


Rubin, R.L., T.R. Anderson, and K.A. Ballantine (2020). Biochar Simultaneously Reduces Nutrient Leaching and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Restored Wetland Soils. Wetlands. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13157-020-01380-8


Andras, J. P., Rodriguez-Reillo, W. G., Truchon, A., Blanchard, J. L., Pierce, E. A., & Ballantine, K. A. (2020). Rewilding the small stuff: The effect of ecological restoration on prokaryotic communities of peatland soils. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. doi:10.1093/femsec/fiaa144


Scott, B.*, Ballantine, K., Yarwood, S., Palmer, M., and Baldwin, A. (2020). The role of organic amendments in wetland restorations. Restoration Ecology, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/rec.13179


Kate Ballantine was an invited speaker at the University of Connecticut where she presented her work on the long-term development and ecosystem functions of restored wetlands. (November, 2018)