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
Assistant Professor and Roosevelt Forest Ecologist, PhD University of Minnesota (2001), CV, web page


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

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

Mark Richard Lesser
149 Illick Hall,, phone: (315) 470-4800
Postdoctoral Associate, PhD University of Wyoming (2011), web page


Research: Evaluating deer impacts on forest regeneration. Species' migration and colonization, population dynamics and genetic structure. Community assembly. Gradient analysis.

Sample publication: Lesser MR and Jackson ST. 2013. Contributions of long-distance dispersal to population growth in colonizing Pinus ponderosa populations. Ecology Letters 16, 380-389. PDF

Juan Carlos Alvarez-Yepiz
423 Illick Hall,, phone: (315) 470-6742
PhD Candidate, MS Technical Institute of Sonora-Mexico (2006), web page


Research: Mechanisms of coexistence in the ancient cycad Dioon sonorense, Mexico (more)

Sample publication: Alvarez-Yepiz JC, Burquez A, and Dovciak M. 2014. Ontogenetic shifts in plant-plant interactions in a rare cycad within angiosperm communities. Oecologia (in press), DOI:10.1007/s00442-014-2929-3. PDF

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


Research: Climatic controls of vegetation distribution in the Northern Forest (New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine).
Monica Bibiana Berdugo Moreno
423 Illick Hall,, phone: (315) 470-6742
PhD Student (Co-advised with R. Kimmerer), MS University of the Basque Country-Spain (2008)  


Research: Role of non-vascular epiphytes on ecosystem water dynamics at the basin scale.

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.

Juliana Quant
401 Illick Hall,, phone: (315) 727-5134
MS Student (Co-advised with D. Leopold), BA Ithaca College (2009), web page  

Research 1. Forest communities along soil, acid deposition, and climate gradients of the Appalachian trail (more)

Research 2: Propagule dispersal and germination ecology of invasive plants on electric transmission line rights of way in New York State.

Stephen Langdon
452 Illick Hall,, phone: (315) 470-6802
MS Student, Shingle Shanty Preserve Manager, BS SUNY Plattsburgh (2009)  
Research: Vegetation structure of a wind disturbed black spruce peatland in the Adirondacks of New York State.  
Past Lab Members
Graduate Students Undergraduate Students
  • 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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