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Published in Great Plains Research Vol. 13, No.1, 2003. Copyright © 2003 Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Used by permission.


Developing a thorough understanding of how prairie wetlands function is a daunting challenge. The Marsh Ecology Research Program (MERP) was initiated in response to the recommendation of Milt Weller that a team of specialists develop an experimental multidisciplinary research program to advance marsh management theory. Through the efforts of Bruce Batt, Pat Caldwell, Henry Murkin, and others, a research team was assembled and a long-term project carried out that ultimately led to nearly a hundred scientific papers, sixteen theses and dissertations, and this book.