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.

Michael R. (Whalen) Zarfos
423 Illick,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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
Undergraduate Honors Research Student  

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

Katie L. Beeles
Undergraduate Researcher  

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

Hannah M. Brown
Undergraduate Teaching Aide  

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

Amanda Varhol
Undergraduate Research Intern  

Assisting with various data processing needs and greenhouse experiments.

Hannah C. Rola
Undergraduate Research Intern  

Assisting with various data processing needs and greenhouse experiments.

Audrey M. Fatone
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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