Former Graduate Students
Dr. Michelle Elise SpicerPHD 2019
Dissertation title: Discovering the forest among the trees: Testing community assembly theory in the forgotten layers of temperate and tropical ecosystems
Dr. Spicer is currently an Assistant Professor in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.
Dr. Eric GriffinPHD 2016
Dissertation title: The greater unseen: On the identities, distributions, and impacts of foliar bacteria on tropical arboreal species.
Dr. Griffin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, SC.
Shaniqua GladneyHMBP Post-Baccalaureate Student 2016
Shaniqua Gladney recently completed her Masters of Science in Marine Science as a Sloan Foundation Fellow with Kendra Daly at the University of South Florida.
Dr. Thomas PendergastPHD 2013
Dissertation title: Explaining patterns of dominance in old-field communities - Trade-offs, feedbacks, mutualisms and enemies
Dr. Pendergast is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Plant Biology at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA.
Dr. Steve HovickPHD 2009 (co-advised with Chris Peterson at UGA)
Dissertation title: New approaches for understanding plant invasions - From invasiveness traits to context-dependent biocontrol success
Dr. Hovick is an Associate Professor in the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.
Henry SchumacherMS 2008
Thesis title: Patterns of shifting tree species composition and diversity loss in 19 old-growth forest stands in Pennsylvania
Henry Schumacher is a Lead Wetland Scientist at SWCA Environmental Consultants in Bridgeville, PA.
Dr. Daniel Bunker PHD 2004
Dissertation title: The application of competition theory to invaders and biological control - A test case with purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia), and a leaf-feeding beetle (Galerucella calmariensis)
Dr. Bunker is an Associate Professor with joint appointments in the Federated Department of Biology and the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ.
Dr. Stefan SchnitzerPHD 2000
Dissertation title: Treefall gaps and the maintenance of species diversity - Redefining and expanding the gap hypothesis
Dr. Schnitzer is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Marquette University and a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
Dr. Zachary LongMS 1999
Thesis title: The effect of herbivory on metrics of shade tolerance of understory trees in an old-growth beech-maple forest
Dr. Long completed his Ph.D. in 2004 with Peter Morin at Rutgers University and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.
Dr. M. Henry H. StevensPHD 1999
Dissertation title: Understanding why plant diversity declines with increasing soil resource availability increases - tests of the important hypotheses
Dr. Stevens is an Associate Professor in the Department of Botany at Miami University.
Former Post-Docs and Visitors
Dr. Alejandra DomicPost-Doctoral Researcher 2012-2013
Dr. Domic is a Research Associate at the Herbario Nacional de Bolivia, in La Paz and an Assistant Research Professor of Anthropology at Penn State University in University Park, PA.