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Donald Ruch

Professor

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CL 223d  Phone: 765-285-8829  

Department of Biology
Ball State University
Cooper Life Science Building, CL 121
Muncie, IN 47306

Academic Background

University of Maryland, PhD 1981
East Carolina University, MS 1975
East Carolina University, BSP 1971

Research Interests

My general interest is examining and analyzing the vascular flora and vegetational communities of East-Central Indiana.

Specific Goal: Conducting floristic inventories on various federal, state, and private properties, especially wetlands. The purpose of our studies is (1) to inventory the vascular flora including relative abundance and distribution; (2) to determine the floristic quality of the site; (3) to describe the various habitats and summarize species dominance for each; (4) to identify areas of special concern, e.g., areas with rare or threatened plants, if any, and communities sensitive to disturbance; and (5) to analyze the structure and composition of any woodlands using permanent plot and/or point-centered-quarter data. Our goal is to obtain baseline data for future monitoring and/or management of the various sites.

Recent Publications

Ruch, D.G., K.S. Badger, J.E. Taylor, M.E. Smith, S. Bell and Paul E. Rothrock. 2014. The vascular flora and plant communities of Holthouse Woods Nature Preserve in Wayne County, Indiana. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science 124: In Press.

Ruch, D.G., K.S. Badger, J.E. Taylor, Samantha Bell and P.E. Rothrock. 2014. The vascular flora and vegetational communities of Dutro Woods Nature Preserve, Delaware County, Indiana. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science 123:161-178.

Ruch, D.G., G. Brown, R. Brodman, B. Davis-Swinford, D. Gorney, J.D. Holland, P. McMurray, B. Murphy, S. Namestnik, K. Roth, S. Russell and C. Strang. 2014. Results of the 2013 Conner Prairie Biodiversity Survey, Hamilton County, Indiana. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science 123:122-130.

Ruch, D.G., K.S. Badger, J.E. Taylor, M.E. Smith and P.E. Rothrock. 2014. The vascular flora and vegetational communities of Coffman Woods Nature Preserve, Wayne County, Indiana. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science 123:72-93.

Ruch, D.G., B.G. Torke, K.S. Badger, J.E. Taylor, B.R. Hess, and P.E. Rothrock. 2013. The vascular flora and vegetational communities of Cabin Creek Raised Bog, Randolph County, Indiana. Castanea 78:290-311.

Prast, Z.B., D.G. Ruch, D. Leblanc, M. Russell, K.S. Badger and P.E. Rothrock. 2013. The vascular flora and vegetational communities of Munsee Woods Nature Preserve, Delaware County, Indiana. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science 122:93-117.

Ruch, D.G., K.S. Badger, B.C. Daugherty, B.G. Torke, and P.E. Rothrock. 2012. The vascular flora and vegetational communities of Mississinewa Woods in Randolph County, Indiana. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science 121:23-44.

Foos, K.M., N.L. May, D.L. Beach, M. Pomper, K.B. Sheehan, and D.G. Ruch. 2011. Phylogeny of Pilobolaceae. Mycologia 103:36-44.

Tungesvick, K., D.G. Ruch, B.G. Torke, K.S. Badger, and P.E. Rothrock. 2011. Additions to the flora of Mounds State Park and Preserve, Madison, County, Indiana. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science 120:1-11.

Ruch, D.G., B.G.Torke, K.S. Badger, and R.E. Rothrock. 2010. The vascular flora in three prairie cemeteries in Henry County, Indiana. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science 119(1):35-51.

Ruch, D.G., B.G.Torke, B.R. Hess, K.S. Badger, and R.E. Rothrock. 2009. The vascular flora and plant communities of the Bennett Wetland Complex in Henry County, Indiana. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science 118:39-54.

Ruch, D.G., B.G. Torke, K.S. Badger, B.R. Hess, and R.E. Rothrock. 2008. The vascular flora and vegetational communities of Lick Creek Summit Nature Preserve, Wayne County, Indiana. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science 117:29-54.

Ruch, D.G., B.G. Torke, B.R. Hess, K.S. Badger, and R.E. Rothrock. 2008. The vascular flora and vegetational communities of the wetland complex on the IMI property in Henry County near Luray, Indiana. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science 117:142-158.

Ruch, D.G., B.G. Torke, K.S. Badger, and C.R. Reidy. 2008. Point-centered-quarter analysis of four forest types at Hayes Arboretum in Wayne County, Indiana. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science 117:136-141.

Ruch, D.G., B.G. Torke, K.S. Badger, B.R. Hess, and R.E. Rothrock. 2008. The vascular flora and vegetational communities of Lick Creek Summit Nature Preserve, Wayne County, Indiana. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science 117:29-54.

McIndoe, B., P.E. Rothrock, R.T. Reber and D.G. Ruch. 2008. Monitoring tallgrass prairie restoration performance using floristic quality assessment. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science 117:16-28.

Baltzer, H., D.G. Ruch, B. Hess, and B. Torke. 2007. Point-centered-quarter analysis of the upland forest at Yuhas Woods, in Randolph County, Indiana. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science 116:108-109.

Ruch, D.G., B.G. Torke, C.R. Reidy, P.E. Rothrock, K.S. Badger, R. Waltz, E. Grossman-Urly, J.L. Chance, and L. Click. 2007. The Vascular Flora and Vegetational Communities of Hayes Arboretum, Wayne County, IN. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science 116:11-41.




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