Research

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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