Assistant Professor/ Extension Weed Specialist
1575 Linden Dr
Madison, WI 53706
- Post Doc. : USDA-ARS Exotic and Invasive Weed Research Unit, Reno NV. 2002-3.
- Ph.D.: Integrated Plant Physiology/Biology. University of California, Davis. 2002.
- B.S.: Botany, University of California, Davis. 1994.
Weed management in alfalfa and pastures: My program evaluates the effectiveness of current and new
technology in managing weeds that aid in establishment and productivity of forages as well as impacts
of utilizing this technology. Currently I am involved in these research projects:
- Effectiveness of Mob grazing in controlling Canada thistle in Rotationally Grazed Pastures
- Costs and benefits of Roundup Ready alfalfa establishment
- Weed-free period to maximize switchgrass establishment and productivity
- Effects of annual grass density of switchgrass establishment and productivity
Invasive plants in natural areas: My program also develops control methods for invasive plants in natural areas and assists in development of early detection and rapid response networks in the Great Lakes region. Currently I am involved in these research projects:
- Development of the Great Lakes Early Detection Network (GLEDN)
- Use of habitat suitability maps to improve detection of invasive plants
- Effectiveness of revegetation methods on reductions of invasive plant cover and spread on roadsides in Wisconsin
- Effectiveness of composting in eliminating viability of garlic mustard and buckthorn
Weed Identification and Management (CALS Farm and Industry Short-course). Theory and application of weed management methods as well as introduction to common weed species found in common agronomic crops in Wisconsin.
- Crall, W. C., Jarnevich, C. S., Panke, B. J., Young, N., Renz, M. J., and J. Morisette. In Press. Using Habitat Suitability Models to Target Invasive Plant Species Surveys. Ecological Applications.
- Crall, W. C., Renz, M. J., Panke, B. J., Newman, G. J., Graham, J., Chapin, C., and C. Bargeron. 2012. Developing Cost-Effective Early Detection Networks: A Regional Model. Biological Invasions. Published online June 9, 2012.
- Renz, M. J., Steinmaus, S. J., Gilmer, D. S., and J. M. DiTomaso. 2012. Spread dynamics of perennial pepperweed (Lepidium latifolium) in two seasonal wetlands areas. Invasive Plant Science and Management 5:57-68.
- *Miesel, J.R, Renz, M. J., Doll, J. E., and R. D. Jackson. 2012. Effectiveness of weed management methods in establishment of switchgrass and a native species mixture for biofuels in Wisconsin. Biomass and Bioenergy 36:121-31. Renz, M. J. and M. L. Schmidt. 2012. The Effects of Increasing Grazing Height on Establishment of Pasture Weeds in Management-Intensive Rotationally Grazed Pastures. Weed Science 52:14-23.
- Crall, W. C., Renz, M. J., Panke, B., and G. J. Newman. 2011. Is there a role for the public in monitoring invasive species? CAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources 6:1-7.
- Renz, M. J. 2010. Establishment of forage grasses and legumes after fall herbicide applications. Online. Forage and Grazinglands doi:10.1094/FG-2010-0806-01-RS.
- Renz, M. J., Gibson, K., Hillmer, J., Howe, K. Waller, D., and J. Cardina. 2009. Land manager and researcher perspectives on invasive plant research priorities in the midwestern United States. Invasive Plant Science and Management 2(1):83-91.
- Marsalis, M.A, Lauriault, L.M., Jones, S.H. and M. J. Renz. 2008. Managing field bindweed in sorghum-wheat-fallow rotations. Online. Crop Management doi:10.1094/ CM-2008-0818-01-RS.