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 (Co-advised by J. Frair), 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
Postdoctoral Associate, PhD SUNY ESF (2014), web page


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

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 175, 725-735. PDF

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

Research: Propagule pressure and ecology of invasive plants on electric powerline corridors in New York State.

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 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 by R. Kimmerer), MS University of the Basque Country-Spain (2008)  


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.

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 Graduate & Undergraduate Lab Members
Graduate Students Undergraduate Students
  • Juan Carlos Alvarez-Yepiz, PhD 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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