Projects

Updated May, 2014

A new project will examine the genetic population structure of Trillium recurvatum to better understand how gene flow, self-(in)compatibility, and pollen limitation influences population dynamics.

We have used Mississippi River Islands to aid in our understanding of how plant communities assemble following fluctuations in hydrology. We also examined how island morphology changed over a two-year time period.

We are currently examining how flooding affects intraspecific competition in Xanthium strumarium and how the physiological adaptations allow for greater competitive ability.

We are also examining the facilitative effects of co-occurring invasive trees in the Southeastern U.S.

A new project initiated in the fall of 2012 will investigate the relative competitive intensity of an invasive understory plant.

Current Students

Updated May, 2014

Colt will be working on the genetic components of the Trillium project. Although he does not like plants, this project is pertinent experience for Medical School.

Desire' is the newest member of the lab. She has already worked on two projects. The first project is a confirmation of Chytrid fungus at the Edward J. Meeman Field Station using qPCR and the second was detetecting the occurrence of Chytrid at Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas. Desire' is being co-mentored by my friend and colleague Shane Hanlon from the University of Memphis. I am pleased to also mention that Desire' will be our first Ecology degree Graduate!

Cathy will be working on the competitive intensity of Microstegium vimineum.

Past Students

Updated 23 May, 2013

JD examined the effects of flooding on plant competition and the manuscript is currently in Review. Although still at CBU he is now conducting research in Brazil for the MHIRT project.

Daniel examined the effects of neighbor status on nodule production of Albizia julibrissin. He plans on attending graduate school after a long vacation. His project is currently being prepared for publication.

Austin's research aim was to characterize the microbial communities of Albizia nodules. I have no idea what Austin is doing now!