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
Papers in Refereed Journals (Lab members in bold)

Dovciak M, Hrivnak R, Ujhazy K, Gomory D. 2015. Patterns of grassland invasions by trees: insights from demographic and genetic spatial analyses. Journal of Plant Ecology, in press, DOI: 10.1093/jpe/rtu038. PDF

Westerband A, Dovciak M, La Quay-Velázquez G, Medeiros JS. 2015. Aspect reduces soil moisture and tree cover, but not nitrogen mineralization or grass cover in semi-arid pinyon-juniper woodlands of the southwestern United States. Southwestern Naturalist 60 (1), in press.

Steen DA, Osborne PA, Dovčiak M, Patrick D, Gibbs JP. 2015. A preliminary investigation into the short-term effects of a prescribed fire on habitat quality for a snake assemblage. Herpetological Conservation and Biology, in press.

Alvarez–Yepiz JC, Burquez A, Dovciak M. 2014. Ontogenetic shifts in plant-plant interactions in a rare cycad within angiosperm communities. Oecologia 175: 725-735. PDF

Dovciak M, Brown J. 2014. Secondary edge effects in regenerating forest landscapes: vegetation and microclimate patterns and their implications for management and conservation. New Forests 45: 733-744. PDF

Giencke L, Dovciak M, Mountrakis G, Cale J, Mitchell M. 2014. Beech bark disease: Spatial patterns of thicket formation and disease spread in an aftermath forest in the northeastern United States. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 44: 1042-1050. PDF

Halpern CB, Dovciak M, Urgenson LS, Evans SA. 2014. Substrates mediate responses of forest bryophytes to a gradient in overstory retention. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 44: 855-866. PDF

Alvarez-Yepiz JC, Cueva A, Dovciak M, Teece M, Yepez E. 2014. Ontogenetic resource-use strategies in a rare long-lived cycad along environmental gradients. Conservation Physiology 2 (1): doi:10.1093/conphys/cou034.​ PDF

Dovciak M, Osborne PA, Patrick DA, Gibbs JP. 2013. Conservation potential of prescribed fire for maintaining habitats and populations of an endangered rattlesnake, Sistrurus c. catenatus. Endangered Species Research 22: 51-60. PDF

Wiezik M, Svitok M, Wiezikova A, Dovciak M. 2013. Shrub encroachment alters composition and diversity of ant communities in abandoned grasslands of western Carpathians. Biodiversity and Conservation 22: 2305-2320. PDF.

Frelich LE, Peterson RO, Dovciak M, Reich PB, Vucetich JA, Eisenhauer N. 2012. Trophic cascades, invasive species, and body-size hierarchies interactively modulate climate change responses of ecotonal temperate-boreal forest. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 367: 2955-2961. PDF.

Halpern CB, Halaj J, Evans SA, Dovciak M. 2012. Level and pattern of overstory retention interact to shape long-term responses of understories to timber harvest. Ecological Applications 22: 2049–2064. PDF.

Beier CM, Stella JA, Dovciak M, McNulty SA. 2012. Local climatic drivers of changes in phenology at a boreal-temperate ecotone in eastern North America. Climatic Change 115: 399-417. PDF

Siefert A, Ravenscroft C, Althoff D, Alvarez-Yepiz JC, Carter E, Glennon K, Heberling M, Jo I, Pontes A, Sauer A, Segraves K, Willis A, & Fridley JD. 2012. Scale dependence of vegetation-environment relationships: a meta-analysis of multivariate data. Journal of Vegetation Science 23: 942-951.

Beier CM, Woods AM, Hotopp KP, Gibbs JP, Mitchell MJ, Dovciak M, Leopold DJ, Lawrence GB, Page BD. 2012. Changes in faunal and vegetation communities along a soil calcium gradient in northern hardwood forests. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 42: 1141–1152. PDF

Alvarez-Yepiz JC, Dovciak M, Burquez A. 2011. Persistence of a rare ancient cycad: Effects of environment and demography. Biological Conservation 144: 122-130.  PDF

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

Sprugel DG, Rauscher KG, Gersonde R, Dovciak M, Lutz JA, Halpern CB. 2009. Spatially explicit modeling of overstory manipulations in young forests: Effects on stand structure and light. Ecological Modelling 220: 3565-3575. PDF

Dovciak M, Hrivnak R, Ujhazy K, Gomory D. 2008. Seed rain and environmental controls on invasion of Picea abies into grassland. Plant Ecology 194: 135-148. PDF

Wiezik M, Svitok M, Dovciak M. 2007. Conifer introductions decrease richness and alter composition of litter-dwelling beetles (Coleoptera) in Carpathian oak forests. Forest Ecology & Management 247: 61-71. PDF

Dovciak M, Halpern CB, Saracco JF, Evans SA, Liguori DA. 2006. Persistence of ground-layer bryophytes in a structural-retention experiment: initial effects of level and pattern of overstory retention. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 36: 3039-3052. PDF

Dovciak M, Frelich LE. Reich PB. 2005. Pathways in old-field succession to white pine: seed rain, shade, and climate effects. Ecological Monographs 75: 363–378. PDF

Dovciak M, Carlson D, Janecka P, Paule L. 2003. Natural regeneration of common yew (Taxus baccata) in the western Carpathians. Ecological Studies 5: 185-191. (In Slovak).

Dovciak M, Reich PB, Frelich LE. 2003. Seed rain, safe sites, competing vegetation, and soil resources spatially structure white pine regeneration and recruitment. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 33: 1892–1904. PDF

Dovciak M, Frelich LE., Reich PB. 2001. Discordance in spatial patterns of white pine (Pinus strobus) size-classes in a patchy near-boreal forest. Journal of Ecology 89: 280-291. PDF

Books and Monographs

Gomory D, Dovciak M, Gomoryova E, Hrivnak R, Janisova M, Ujhazy K. 2006. Demecological, synecological and genetic aspects of the colonization of abandoned pastures and meadows by forest trees. Vedecké Štúdie, Zvolen Technical University, Zvolen, Slovakia, 93 pages. (In Slovak).

Perry J, Tichy J, Imbert JB, Sudmeier-Rieux K, Dovciak M, Malovesky M, Baranyi A. 2001. Ecosystem management in Central and Eastern Europe: Decision-taking for the future. E. Vanderklein (ed.), Bang Printing, Brainerd, MN, 293 pages.

Selected Extension and Outreach Publications

Lawrence GB, Sullivan TJ, Burns DA, Cosby BJ, Dovciak M, McDonnell TC, Minocha R, Quant J, Rice KC, Siemion J, Weathers K. 2015. Acidic deposition along the Appalachian Trail corridor and its effects on acid-sensitive terrestrial and aquatic resources. Results of the Appalachian Trail Mega-Transect Study. Report to National Park Service. 385 pages.

Nowak C, Quant J, Hopper E, Bartholomew C, Dovciak M. 2013. Cost Effectiveness of Cleaning Techniques for Controlling Human-Based Transport of Invasive Exotic Plants on Electric Transmission Line Rights-of-Way, Second Technical Update. Report No. 3002001189, Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA. 74 pages.

Gomory D, Ujhazy K, Hrivnak R, Janisova M, Dovciak M, Gomoryova E, Strelcova K, Chudy F, Tunak D, Paule L., 2006. Ecology and genetics of tree invasions into non-forest areas of Prislopy mountain pass. In: D. Slavikova (ed.), Polana Biosphere Reserve: Status 15 years after its establishment. Zvolen Tech. Univ., Zvolen, Slovakia. (In Slovak).

Dovciak M. 2003. Population dynamics of the endangered common yew (Taxus baccata L.) and its management implications for biosphere reserves of the western Carpathians. Final Report for UNESCO MAB Program, Paris, France. PDF

Dovciak M. 2002. Dynamics of forest communities and sustainability principles. In R. Midriak (ed.), 4th National Conference on Biosphere Reserves of Slovakia. Roznava, Slovakia, Oct. 28-29, Zvolen Tech. University, Slovak Karst Biosphere Reserve, & Slovak National MAB Committee. p.55-61 (In Slovak).

Dovciak M. 2000. White pine (Pinus strobus) regeneration in Minnesota. In Implementation of the White Pine Initiative. FY99 Report to the Minnesota Forest Resources Council. Division of Forestry, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, St. Paul, MN, USA.


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