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 [web page]
459 Illick,, phone: (315) 470-6749
Associate Professor and Roosevelt Forest Ecologist, PhD University of Minnesota (2001)


Research: Main project themes are here

Sample publication: Wason JW, Dovciak M (2017) Tree demography suggests multiple directions and drivers for species range shifts in mountains of Northeastern United States. Global Change Biology 23: 3335–3347.

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

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

Sample publication: Berdugo MB, Quant JM, Wason JW, Dovciak M (In press) Latitudinal patterns and environmental drivers of moss layer cover in extratropical forests. Global Ecology and Biogeography. DOI:10.1111/geb.12778.

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


Research: Effects of soil acidification on forest health and biodiversity in the Adirondack Mountains.

Sample publication: Lawrence GB, McDonnell TC, Sullivan TJ, Dovciak M, Bailey SW, Antidormi MR, Zarfos MR (2018). Soil base saturation combines with beech bark disease to influence composition and structure of sugar maple-beech forests in an acid rain-impacted region. Ecosystems 21, 795–810.

Margaret W. Roberts
311 Illick,, phone: (315) 470-6935
PhD Candidate, MS University of Minnesota (2015), BS Appalachian State University (2012)  


Research: Effects of land-use legacies on plant species turnover, diversity, and function in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Sample publication: Roberts MW, D'Amato AW, Kern CC, Palik BJ (2016) Long-term impacts of variable retention harvesting on ground-layer plant communities in Pinus resinosa forests. Journal of Applied Ecology 53: 1106–1116.

Mariano G. Arias
311 Illick,, phone: (315) 470-6935
PhD Student, MS Maimonides University (2013), BS University of Buenos Aires (2009)  

Research: Impacts of climate, land-use, and biotic factors on the dispersion of myrmecochorous plants through uncoupling of plant-ant interactions.

Sample publication: Floristic indicators applicable to conservation practices and environmental management in forest lots in northeastern Argentina. MS thesis, Maimonides University.

Jordon Tourville
302 Illick,, phone: (734) 263-5530
PhD Student, MS University of Michigan (2018), BA University of Vermont (2013)  

Research: Effects of tree species responses to global environmental changes and biotic controls on tree species distributions in the northeastern United States.

Sample publication: Herbivory, climate change and the future landscape of Isle Royale National Park: Developing an herbivory monitoring program to adaptively manage the park’s terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. MS thesis, University of Michigan.

Past Post-Doctoral Associates and Technicians
  • Dr. Mark R. Lesser (2014-2015)
  • Juliana Quant, MS, Research Analyst (2014-2016)
  • Dr. Juan C. Alvarez-Yepiz (May-Aug. 2014)
Past Student Lab Members
Graduate Students Undergraduate Students
  • Jay W. Wason, PhD 2016 (Assistant Professor, University of Maine)
  • Juan C. Alvarez-Yepiz, PhD 2014 (Associate Professor, Sonoran Institute of Technology)
  • Stephen Langdon, MS 2014 (Director, Shingle Shanty Preserve and Research Station)
  • Juliana Quant, MS 2014 (Stewardship Specialist, ‎NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, & Historic Preservation)
  • Nataliia Shynkarenko, MPS 2013
  • Anna Ganzia, MPS 2013
  • Olga Shevtsova, MPS 2013
  • Maria E. Gutierrez Lagoueyte, MS 2012 (Assistant Professor, EIA University, Colombia)
  • Keith Cardinali, MPS 2012
  • Portia Osborne, MS 2011 (Biologist, Blandon & Associates, Inc.)
  • Lee Davis, MPS 2011 (Ecological Monitoring Program Director, Great Basin Institute)
  • Lisa Giencke, MS 2010 (Research Associate, Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center)
  • James Molloy, 2016
  • Matt Glaub, 2015
  • 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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