Newsmaker: Matthew Opdyke
Noteworthy: Opdyke presented at the Ecological Society of America's 100th Anniversary Conference in Baltimore this month on wetland ecology research he conducted with Allegheny Land Trust. It focused on a restored floodplain wetland in Upper St. Clair and South Fayette, Wingfield Pines Conservation Area, which had a coal-mining operation and golf course.
Family: Wife, Heidi, sons Benjamin and Nathaniel
Occupation: Associate professor of environmental science, Point Park University
Background: Worked from 2000-02 at the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. From 2005-07, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Michigan State University. Opdyke became a Point Park faculty member in 2007.
Education: Bachelor's degree in biology, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania; master's in environmental science, Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.; doctorate with a concentration in environmental science, University of Illinois.
Quote: “Wetlands provide critical ecosystem services such as flood control, providing biodiversity islands and corridors and places for nature observation and relaxation. These services are particularly important in the area of Wingfield Pines because it is surrounded by development.”