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
People
Current Lab Members

 

Martin Dovciak [web page]
459 Illick, mdovciak@esf.edu, 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.

 
Michael R. (Whalen) Zarfos
423 Illick, mrwhalen@syr.edu
PhD Candidate (Co-advised with S. Farrell), BA Colby College (2012)

 

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

Sample publication: Zarfos MR, Dovciak M, Lawrence GB, McDonnell TC, Sullivan TJ (2019) Plant richness and composition in hardwood forest understories vary along an acidic deposition and soil-chemical gradient in northeastern United States. Plant and Soil 438, 461–477.

Margaret W. Roberts
311 Illick, mrobe101@syr.edu
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, mgarias@syr.edu
PhD Candidate, 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, jtourvil@syr.edu
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: Ibáñez I, Acharya K, Juno E, Karounos C, Lee BR, McCollum C, Schaffer-Morrison S, Tourville J. (2019). Forest resilience under global environmental change: Do we have the information we need? A systematic review. PLoS ONE 14(9): e0222207.

 
Joanna I. Lumbsden Pinto
305 Illick, jlumsden@syr.edu
PhD Student, MPS SUNY ESF (2018), BS National University of Panama (2011)  

Research: Vegetation dynamics of Long Island pine barrens of New York state: Recent changes and potential future trajectories of an ecosystem at the crossroads.

Sample publication: Community and expert-based long-term biodiversity monitoring framework design. MPS Project. SUNY-ESF. 2018.

 
Dylan Finley
305 Illick, dyfinley@esf.edu
MS Student (co-advised with Dr. Dean), BA Vassar College (2017)  

Research: Developing a unified framework for prioritizing the management of non-native invasive species in New York State.

 
Jordan Jessamy
jjessamy@syr.edu
Undergraduate Honors Research Student  

Research: Changes in tree size-class structure over time in Long Island Central Pine Barrens.

 
Katie L. Beeles
klbeeles@syr.edu
Undergraduate Researcher  

Research: Measuring forest understory light conditions in gaps and closed forests and/or seedling allometry across canopy openness gradient.

 
Hannah M. Brown
hmbrown@syr.edu
Undergraduate Teaching Aide  

Assisting with herbarium collections and field trip logistics in flowering plants class (EFB 435/635).

 
Amanda Varhol
avarhol@syr.edu
Undergraduate Research Intern  

Assisting with various data processing needs and greenhouse experiments.

 
Hannah C. Rola
hcrola@syr.edu
Undergraduate Research Intern  

Assisting with various data processing needs and greenhouse experiments.

 
Audrey M. Fatone
amfatone@syr.edu
Undergraduate Research Intern  

Assisting with various data processing needs and greenhouse experiments.

 
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
  • Monica B. Berdugo, PhD 2018 (Post-Doctoral Scientist, University of Marburg)
  • 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)
  • Heather Zimba, 2019
  • Ben VanderStouw, 2019
  • Broderick DeAngelis, 2019 (BNL)
  • Haley Gladitsch, 2019 (BNL)
  • Jordan Jessamy, 2019 (BNL)
  • Ben Knowlton, 2019 (BNL)
  • Rebecca Rolnick, 2019 (BNL)
  • Emily Russavage, 2019 (BNL)
  • Jake Thiele, 2019 (BNL)
  • Haley Welshoff, 2019 (BNL)
  • Taylor Boria, 2018
  • 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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