Below lists what research and experiments we are currently involved in as well as research we might be involved in very soon.  Click on the title of each for more information.


Projects in New Jersey

(lab, field, greenhouse)


Root exudates – biochemistry and ecology of phenolic oxidase in native and invasive grasses


Cooperator: David Kafkewitz, MERI project


see presentation at ESA 2008

Clonal diversity and resistance to invasion in remnant salt marsh patches dominated by Spartina patens


Cooperator: Francisco Artigas, Edward Kirby - MERI project



The 1st amendment to the 3rd rule of assembly: community evolution: Implication for community development and invasive species.


Cooperator: Peter Morin

Student Investigator: Mark June-Wells, Ph.D track


Novel communities in an urban wildland: static and dynamic borders between stands of sympatric and allopatric plants

Cooperator: Frank Gallagher/Liberty SP, Amitabha Bose

Student Investigator: Mark June-Wells, Gregg Burdulis


Root interaction of sympatric and allopatric species pairs – Root box experiments


Student Investigator: Bill Scharf, Lab rotation


Allelopathy and resource availability: a test with Centaurea


Cooperator: David Kafkewitz

Student Investigator: John Bernstein, M.Sc. track


Game theory:  Interaction of cooperating and competing clone mates in strawberries.


Investigator: Jack Chapman, Melanie Kaeser, Dennis Solis


Root interaction in integrated and isolated clonal plants. Rhizotron experiments with Fragaria chiloensis and other species.

Student Investigator: George Kontopoulos

Purple Loosestrife: genetics and plasticity of native European and non-native American populations. A common (roof) garden experiment


Cooperator: Kirk Moloney et al.

Investigator: Jack Chapman


Resource exchange among clone mates in Phragmites: The light harvesting theory


Cooperator: Erik Hamerlynck

Student Investigator: Jane Zagajeski, M.Sc. track


Induced defense in Lythrum salicaria: the effects of managed herbivory on performance of an invasive species


Student Investigator: Vincent Koczurik, M.Sc. track


Community invasibility: the role of propagule pressure and species richness – a microcosm experiment


Advisors: Douglas Morrison, Peter Morin

Student Investigator: Caroline Maier, Ph.D. track


Inter-species behavior and learning of native, wintering White-throated Sparrows and non-native, resident House Sparrows

Student Investigator: Gricel Mello, undergraduate student


Nutrient uptake and drought: are clonally integrated plants able to perform vertical redistribution of water and nutrients?

Student Investigator: Ting-Min Wu

Antagonistic space and food use of a native and a non-native “Sparrow”

Student Investigator: Jessica Schnell


Effects of pollution on birds in an urban wildland: attractive nuisance or urban oasis?

Student Investigator: Charles Hofer


Root cooperation in a clonal plant: the possible role of chemical signals

Student Investigator: Hetal Patel

Ongoing Mojave Desert Work (Claus Holzapfel & Hadas Parag)

Community dynamics in sheltered shrub canopies and exposed intershrub sites in the Mojave

Investigator: Hadas Parag
Long-term population dynamics of native and invasive annual species in the Mojave Desert.  Description and modeling of annual-shrub interaction
Effects of annuals on 2 dominant shrub species in contrasting years (Lucerne Valley/Sheep Pass)
Ongoing work in Israel

Sex and climate change: dynamic sex ratio of an monoecious shrub in the borderland between Mediterranean and deserts


Cooperator: Katja Tielboerger, Marcelo Sternberg


Community affinity of plants and climate change

Cooperator: Dan Malkinson, Marcelo Sternberg

Further planned Israel/New Jersey – Invasion and climate change: BSF proposal (due Nov 2006)
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