Mark June-Wells

 

Ph. D. Candidate

 

jewelz23@pegasus.rutgers.edu

 

Research Statement -

 

I am interested in plant community dynamics and the factors that control community species composition of temporal scales.  In particular I am interested in community co-evolution among the constituent species populations as the community ages.  This idea is deeply rooted in Assembly Rule theory and may act as an important factor that dictates the overall community composition at climax.  Moreover, this idea has broad implications within current invasion biology theory and may explain the current pattern of invasion we see today.  I am currently involved in a number of studies intended to study both aspects of this idea.  These include Allopatric and Sympatric Species Border Dynamics of Temporal Scales, Distance Mediated Niche Divergence with Allopatric and Sympatric Neighbors, Formation of Borders in a Newly Seeded Restored Ecosystem, and Evolutionary History and Border Overlap between Community Constituents.

 

 

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