Dovciak Lab in Plant Ecology
State University of New York, College of Environmental Science & Forestry, Syracuse, NY
Department of Environmental and Forest Biology — SUNY ESF — 1 Forestry Drive — Syracuse — NY 13210
Current Lab Members


Martin Dovciak
459 Illick Hall,, phone: (315) 470-6749
Associate Professor and Roosevelt Forest Ecologist, PhD University of Minnesota (2001), CV, web


Research: Plant Ecology, Forest Ecosystems, Biodiversity, Global Change, Ecosystem Management & Restoration

Sample publication: Dovciak M & Halpern CB. 2010. Positive diversity-stability relationships in forest herb populations during four decades of community assembly. Ecology Letters 13, 1300-1309. PDF

Juliana Quant
414 Bray Hall,, phone: (315) 727-5134
Senior Research Support Specialist (Co-advised with C. Nowak), MS SUNY ESF (2014)


Post-MS Research: Controlling human-based transport of invasive exotic plants on electric transmission line rights-of-way.

MS Research. Forest communities along soil, acid deposition, and climate gradients of the Appalachian trail

Jay Ward Wason III
423 Illick Hall,, phone: (315) 470-6742
PhD Candidate, BA University of Pittsburgh (2011), web


Research: Climatic controls of vegetation distribution in the Northern Forest (New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine).


Monica B. Berdugo Moreno
423 Illick Hall,, phone: (315) 470-6742
PhD Candidate (Co-advised by R. Kimmerer), MS Univ. of the Basque Country-Spain (2008), web  

Research: Role of bryophytes in mineral dynamics and regeneration of mountain spruce-fir forests.

Sample publication: Juraske RC, Mosquera S, Erazo A, Garcia–Santos G, Berdugo MB, Diaz J, Binder CR, Hellweg S, and Guerrero J. 2011. Pesticide uptake in potatoes: model and field experiments. Environmental Science & Technology 45: 651–657.

Michael R. Whalen
423 Illick Hall,, phone: (315) 470-6742
PhD Student (Co-advised with S. Farrell), BA Colby College (2012)


Research: TBD and "Effects of acidic deposition and soil acidification on forest understory plant biodiversity in the Adirondack mountains".


Margaret Roberts
311 Illick Hall,, phone: .....
PhD Student, MS University of Minnesota (2015), BS Appalachian State University (2012)  


Research: TBD


Mariano G. Arias
311 Illick Hall,, phone:.....
PhD Student, MS Maimonides University (2013), BS University of Buenos Aires (2009)  

PhD Research: TBD

MS thesis (at Maimonides Univ.): Floristic indicators applicable to conservation practices and environmental management in forest lots in northeastern Argentina.

Past Post-Doctoral Associates
  • Dr. Mark R. Lesser (2014-2015), web
  • Dr. Juan Carlos Alvarez-Yepiz (May-Aug. 2014)
Past Graduate & Undergraduate Lab Members
Graduate Students Undergraduate Students
  • Juan Carlos Alvarez-Yepiz, PhD 2014
  • Stephen Langdon, MS 2014
  • Juliana Quant, MS 2014 (Co-advised by D. Leopold)
  • Nataliia Shynkarenko, MPS 2013 (Co-advised with J. Gibbs)
  • Anna Ganzia, MPS 2013 (Co-advised with J. Gibbs)
  • Olga Shevtsova, MPS 2013 (Co-advised with J. Gibbs)
  • Maria Elena Gutierrez Lagoueyte, MS 2012
  • Keith Cardinali, MPS 2012
  • Portia Osborne, MS 2011
  • Michael Lee Davis, MPS 2011
  • Lisa Giencke, MS 2010
  • Adam Busman, 2012-2013
  • Devin Hansen, 2013
  • Lindsay Rutte, 2012-2013
  • Martin Holdrege, 2010-2013
  • Ashley Campbell, 2012
  • Gennaro Falco, 2009-2011
  • Briana Boaz, 2011
  • Anthony Vicente, 2009-2011
  • Andrea Westerband, 2009-2010
  • Jordan Brown, 2008-2009
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