FQA 101: Using the Floristic Quality Assessment for restoration monitoring

The Floristic Quality Assessment (FQA) is a simple vegetation-based tool available for restorationists to assess both natural communities and restoration projects. The assessment has been extensively researched, implemented, and debated within academic, government, and practitioner communities, and use of the FQA now extends to 33 states and 2 provinces. An introductory overview of the development and utilization of the FQA will be given, as well as some critiques, caveats, and adaptations. Longitudinal data from real-world restoration projects across Northern Indiana will be briefly examined.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 12:15pm to 1:05pm
Adam R. Thada
Cardno, Inc.
Adam Thada is a staff scientist at Cardno, Inc., based in Northwest Indiana. He is responsible for botanical monitoring of restoration sites on behalf of industry, non-profit, and governmental clients. Before joining Cardno, Adam studied prairie restorations under Dr. Paul Rothrock at Taylor University, where he earned his Master of Environmental Science. He earned his B.S. degree in Biology as Indiana Wesleyan University. Adam’s other interests include restoration agriculture, birding, and environmental literacy. He lives in Marshall County, Indiana with his wife and two young daughters, where they enjoy practicing backyard ecology.
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