Sarah Reichard

Sarah Reichard

Professor / Director, UW Botanic Gardens
Biology of invasive organisms; Reintroduction of rare species; Rare plant preservation

Office: Merrill 32
Phone: 206-616-5020 
Email: reichard@uw.edu


B.S., Botany, University of Washington, 1981
M.S., Forest Resources, University of Washington, 1989
Ph.D., Forest Resources, University of Washington, 1994

Research Interests:

  • Biological invasions including the traits of invasive plants, prediction of invasive ability, early detection and rapid assessment of new invaders, and the impacts of plant invaders on native ecosystems and plants
  • Rare plant species including the impact of anthropogenic disturbance on rare species and the use of horticultural techniques in rare plant reintroduction
Courses Taught:Quarter offered:
ESRM 331 Landscape Plant Recognition (3)Spring
ESRM 415 Biology, Ecology, and Management of Plant Invasions (5)Autumn
SEFS 503 Current Issues in Restoration Ecology and Environmental Horticulture (1)Spring
SEFS 503 Current Issues in Restoration Ecology and Environmental Horticulture (1)Autumn
SEFS 503 Current Issues in Restoration Ecology and Environmental Horticulture (1)Winter
SEFS 561 Public Presentation in Urban Horticulture (2)Spring
Current Sponsored Research:
2013 Seattle reLeaf Project
BLM Rare Plant Monitoring & Seed Collecting
Rare Plant Conservation Support
Showy stickseed (Hackelia venusta) recovery
Recent Publications:
Combs, J., S. Reichard, M. Groom, D. Wilderman, and P. Camp. 2011. Invasive competitor and native seed predators contribute to rarity of the narrow endemic Astragalus sinuatus Piper. Ecological Applications 21: 2498-2509.
Reichard, S. 2010. Inside Out: Invasive plants and urban environments, pages 241-251 in Urban Ecosystem Ecology, J. Aitkenhead-Peterson and A. Volder, eds. Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), Agronomy Society of America (ASA) and Crop and Soil Society of America (CSSA) Standards Series.
Jones, C.C. and S. Reichard. 2009. Current and potential distributions of three non-native invasive plants in the contiguous USA. Natural Areas Journal 29:332-343.
Shebitz, D., P. Dunwiddie, and S. Reichard. 2009. Ecological and cultural significance of burning beargrass habitat on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington. Ecological Restoration 27:306-319.
Urgenson, L., S. Reichard, and C. Halpern. 2009. Community and ecosystem consequences of giant knotweed (Polygonum sachalinense) invasion into riparian forests of western Washington, USA. Biological Conservation 142: 1536-1541.
SEFS Committee Membership:Chair?
Planning Committee
Director's Council