- Affiliate Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
- Emeritus Professor, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
Julie Stromberg is a plant ecologist and botanist who specializes in riparian and wetland ecosystems. She researches how human activities in arid and semiarid regions influence riparian plant populations, communities, and landscapes. Most recently, she is investigating factors relating to endangerment and recovery of imperiled wetland plant species.
Professor Stromberg studies vegetation-hydrology interactions. She conducts some research at reference sites, where human influence is minimal. Other research takes place at sites altered by river damming, ground water pumping, effluent discharge, or urbanization. By revealing the links between patterns and processes, she provides resource managers with information that can help inform conservation and restoration efforts.
Some of the methods she and her students have used are greenhouse experiments, soil seed bank studies, seed dispersal tracking, dendrochronolgy, and field sampling of vegetation and flora along rivers and wetlands of the desert Southwest.
- PhD, Plant Ecology, Arizona State University, 1988
- MS, Botany, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1981
- BS, Botany, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1979
- ecosystem restoration
- environmental flows
- fire ecology
- ecosystem disturbance
- population, community and landscape-level processes
- riparian ecology
- plant ecology
Lundgren, E., D. Ramp, J. C. Stromberg, J. Wu, N. C. Nieto, M. Sluk, K. Moeller and A. D. Wallach. 2021. Equids engineer desert water availability. Science 372(6541):491 -495. DOI: 10.1126/science.abd6775. (link )
Lundgren, E., D. Ramp, J. Wu, M. Sluk, K. Moeller, J. C. Stromberg and A. D. Wallach. 2021. Feral equids’ varied effects on ecosystems—Response. Science 373(6558):973 -974. DOI: 10.1126/science.abl7466. (link )
Suchy, A., M. M. Palta, J. C. Stromberg and D. L. Childers. 2020. High potential nitrate removal by urban accidental wetlands in a desert city: Limitations and spatio-temporal patterns. Ecosystems 22:1227–1242. DOI: DOI 10.1007/s10021-019-00465-8. (link )
Stromberg, J. C., D. L. Setaro, E. L. Gallo, K. A. Lohse and T. Meixner. 2017. Riparian vegetation of ephemeral streams. Journal of Arid Environments 138(Mar):27-32. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2016.12.004. (link )
Bateman, H. L., J. C. Stromberg, M. J. Banville, E. Makings, B. D. Scott, A. Suchy and D. Wolkis. 2015. Novel water sources restore plant and animal communities along an urban river. Ecohydrology 8(5):792-811. DOI: 10.1002/eco.1560. (link )
Davis, M. A., M. K. Chew, R. J. Hobbs, A. E. Lugo, J. J. Ewel, G. J. Bermeij, J. H. Brown, M. L. Rosenzweig, M. R. Gardener, S. P. Carroll, K. Thompson, S. T. Pickett, J. C. Stromberg, P. Del Tredici, K. N. Suding, J. G. Ehrenfeld, J. P. Grime, J. Mascaro and J. C. Briggs. 2011. Don't judge species on their origins. Nature 474:153-154. DOI: 10.1038/474153a. (link )
Makings, E., L. Butler, M. K. Chew and J. C. Stromberg. 2011. Noteworthy collections from the Tempe Towne Lake riverbed. Desert Plants 27(1):3-10. (link )
White, J. and J. C. Stromberg. 2011. Resilience, restoration and riparian ecosystems: Case study of a dryland, urban river. Restoration Ecology 19(1):101-111. DOI: 10.1111/j.1526-100X.2009.00531.x. (link )
Stromberg, J. C., M. K. Chew, P. L. Nagler and E. P. Glenn. 2009. Changing perceptions of change: The role of scientists in Tamarix and river management. Restoration Ecology 17(2):177-186. DOI: 10.1111/j.1526-100X.2008.00514.x. (link )
Stromberg, J. C. and M. K. Chew. 1997. Herbaceous exotics in Arizona's riparian ecosystems. Desert Plants 13:11-17. (link )
Stromberg, J. C., R. Tiller and B. Richter. 1996. Effects of groundwater decline on riparian vegetation of semiarid regions: The San Pedro, Arizona. Ecological Applications 113-131.
Stromberg, J. C. and D. T. Patten. 1995. Instream flow and cottonwood ground in the eastern Sierra Nevada of California, USA. Regulated Rivers 1-12.
Wolden, L., J. C. Stromberg and D. T. Patten. 1995. Flora and vegetation of the Hassayampa River Preserve. Journal of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science 76-111.
Stromberg, J. C. 1993. Instream flow models for mixed deciduous riparian vegetation within a semiarid region. Regulated Rivers Research and Management 225-235.
Stromberg, J. C. 1993. Riparian mesquite forest: A review of their ecology, threats, and recovery potential. Journal of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science 111-124.
Stromberg, J. C., B. D. Richter, D. T. Patten and L. G. Wolden. 1993. Response of a Sonoran riparian forest oto a 10-year return flood.. Great Basin Naturalist 118-130.
Stromberg, J. C., S. D. Wilkins and J. A. Tress. 1993. Vegetation-hydrology models as management tools for velvet mesquite (Prosopis velutina) riparian ecosystems.. Ecological Applications 307-314.
Stromberg, J. C., J. A. Tress, S. D. Wilkins and S. D. Clark. 1992. Response of velvet mesquite to groundwater decline. Journal of Arid Environments 45-58.
Patten, D. T. and J. C. Stromberg. 1991. Ecological effects of urbanized watersheds. Rep. Calif. Water. Resour. Cent. Univ. Calif. 17-25.
Stromberg, J. C., D. T. Patten and B. D. Richter. 1991. Flood flows and dynamics of Sonoran riparian forests. Rivers 221-235.
Stromberg, J. C. and D. T. Patten. 1990. Flower Production and floral ratios of a Southwestern riparian tree, Arizona walnut (Juglans major).. American Midland Naturalist 278-288.
Stromberg, J. C. and D. T. Patten. 1994. Annotated bibliography: Effects of water projects on riparian and werland vegetation of the US Southwest.. National Park Service, Water Resources Branch. Fort Collins, CO.
Stromberg, J. C. and M. K. Chew. 2002. Chapter 2: Flood pulses and restoration of riparian vegetation in the American Southwest. Pp. 11-48 In: Middleton, B. A. ed., Flood Pulsing in Wetlands: Restoring the Natural Hydrological Balance. John Wiley & Sons. New York, NY. ISBN: 978-0-471-41807-8.
Stromberg, J. C. and M. K. Chew. 2002. Foreign visitors in riparian corridors of the American Southwest: Is xenophytophobia justified?. Pp. 195-219 In: Tellman, B. ed., Invasive Exotic Species in the Sonoran Region. University of Arizona Press. Tucson, AZ. ISBN: 978-0816521784.
Stromberg, J. C., L. M. Gengarelly and B. Rogers. 1997. Exotic herbaceous species in Arizona's riparian ecosystems. SPB Publishing.
Stromberg, J. C., M. R. Sommerfeld, D. T. Patten, J. Fry, C. Kramer, F. A. Amalfi and C. Christian. 1993. Release of effluent into the upper Santa Cruz River: ecological consideration. Pp. 81-90 American Water Works Association. Tucson, AZ.
Handler, A., A. Suchy, N. B. Grimm, M. M. Palta, D. L. Childers and J. C. Stromberg. 2017. Nitrate attenuation pathways and capacity in urban wetlands of Phoenix, Arizona. Poster presented at the 19th Annual Central-Arizona Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )
Handler, A., A. Suchy, N. B. Grimm, M. M. Palta, D. L. Childers and J. C. Stromberg. 2016. Chemical and hydrologic connectivity of surface and porewater in an urban accidental wetland, with implications for nitrogen removal. Poster presented at the Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Eighteenth Annual All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 15 January 2016, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )
Handler, A. M., A. K. Suchy, N. B. Grimm, M. M. Palta, D. L. Childers and J. C. Stromberg. 2015. Hydrologic and chemical connectivity in urban accidental wetlands: Implications for nitrate removal. Poster presented at the Ecological Science at the Frontier: Celebrating the ESA Centennial 1915-2015, 9-14 August 2015, Baltimore, Maryland. (link )
Suchy, A. K., D. L. Childers and J. C. Stromberg. 2015. Exploring the role of soil characteristics and plant traits as drivers denitrification in “accidental” urban wetlands in Phoenix, Arizona. Poster presented at the Ecological Science at the Frontier: Celebrating the ESA Centennial 1915-2015, 9-14 August 2015, Baltimore, Maryland. (link )
Suchy, A., M. M. Palta, D. L. Childers and J. C. Stromberg. 2015. Small- and large-scale drivers of denitrification patterns in “accidental” urban wetlands in Phoenix, Arizona. Poster presented at the Seventeenth Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 16 January 2015, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )
Bateman, H. L., J. C. Stromberg and M. J. Banville. 2014. Living in the city: Bird, herpetofauna, and plant communities along the Salt River in Phoenix, AZ. Poster presented at the 16th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting, January 17, 2014, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ.
Stromberg, J. C., H. L. Bateman, J. Foutz-Sweat, D. Wolkis, B. Scott, A. Suchy, E. Makings and N. Wilson. 2013. Just add water: Benefits of passive restoration in an urban floodplain. Poster presented at the 11 January 2013, 15th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting 2013, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )
Bateman, H. L., A. E. Bridges, E. Makings, K. Scott, J. C. Stromberg, A. Suchy and D. Wolkis. 2012. Plant and animal diversity in accidentally and intentionally restored reaches along the urbanized Salt River in central Arizona. Poster presented at the 10-13 September 2012 Long-Term Ecological Research All Scientists Meeting, Estes Park, Colorado.
Stromberg, J. C., H. L. Bateman, E. Makings, N. Franz, H. Rowe, S. Beute, A. Suchy, D. Wolkis, B. Scott and R. DePuydt. 2012. Inventory and monitoring of the Salt River in Phoenix. Poster presented at 13 January 2012 CAP LTER 14th Annual Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )
Case, N. and J. C. Stromberg. 2010. Effluent for environmental flows: A sustainable solution?. Poster presented on May 5, 2010 at the Community of Undergraduate/Graduate Research Scholars (COURS) Poster Session, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )
White, J. and J. C. Stromberg. 2005. Effects of river modification on the riparian soil seed bank of the Salt River, Arizona: A case study of an arid region river. Poster presented at the 19 January 2005 CAP LTER Seventh Annual Poster Symposium, International Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )
Suchy, A., M. M. Palta, D. L. Childers and J. C. Stromberg. 2016. Patterns and predictors of denitrification potentials in "accidental" urban wetlands in Phoenix, Arizona. Presentation at the ESA Annual Meeting 2016: Novel Ecosystems in the Anthropocene, 7-12 August 2016, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (link )
Stromberg, J. C. 2014. Novel flow regimes and novel plant communities: strategies of urban-adapted riparian plants. Presentation at the From Oceans to Mountains, 99th Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, 10-15 August 2014, Sacramento, California. (link )
Stromberg, J. C., H. L. Bateman, A. E. Bridges, J. L. Foltz-Sweat, E. Makings, A. Suchy and D. Wolkis. 2012. Biotic diversity in restored and unrestored reaches of the urbanized Salt River. Presentation at the 18-21 September 2012 25th Annual Meeting of the Hydrological Society, Phoenix, Arizona.
White, J. and J. C. Stromberg. 2005. Effects of urbanization and river modification on the soil seed bank of the Salt River, Arizona. Presented at the 7-12 August 2005 90th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Montreal, Canada.