PhD: Duke University, 1988.
Mike studies the determinants of species richness at all spatial scales,
from the microcosm to the continent. He has used a variety of
methods, including meta-analysis of floristic data, greenhouse
microcosms, computer simulations, permanent plot data, and field
experiments. Particular projects include an analysis of North
American floras, analysis of ordination methods, studies on microcommunities
emerging from soil seed banks, the flora of the Tallgrass Prairie
Preserve, the vegetation of the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, the
distribution of Costa Rican rain forest trees, analysis of species-area
curves, methods for extrapolating biodiversity, applications of
fractal geometry, forest dynamics in an old-growth North Carolina
forest, succession following catastrophic wind disturbance in
Minnesota, and several others. More recently he has become
interested in the diversity of plant viruses, the development of
sustainable biofuels, and cultural landscapes.
Matt is interested in integrating our understanding of conservation
biology and plant ecology with traditional land uses in such a
way that will improve the management of our resources. Matt
recently completed his doctoral dissertation on the fire history of the
Vaskar's research interests are focused on plant virus biodiversity
and ecology. The distribution patterns of plant viruses and factors
that determine the plant host range are major areas of investigation.
Vaskar has recently completed his doctoral dissertation, and is
performing varied research projects in Oklahoma.
Channing is interested in a wide range of plant related issues from
the phylogeny and ecology of bryophytes to understanding plant
community interactions between bryophytes and vascular plants.
Currently Channing is working on projects involving the effects of
forest fires on epiphytic bryophytes, the effects of seasonal mowing
on bryophytes, and updating the known bryoflora of Oklahoma.
Leticia is working on the Floras of North America Project, and is
interested in spatial patterns of vegetation and biodiversity.
Kelly studies the dynamics of a crosstimbers stand
using dendroecology and point pattern analysis.
Pete develops spatial models of plant diversity with the aid of GIS
(Geographic Information Systems) software.
PhD: Duke University, 1990.
Some former lab members
Kiyoshi's ultimate goal is helping reptiles and amphibians.
While at OSU, Kiyoshi's
interests included: (i) human impacts on organismal ecology,
behavior, and distribution (my dissertation is "Ecology and
Behavior in Japanese mamushi, Gloydius blomhoffii: Defensive Pattern
and Variation in Compromised and Noncompromised Populations"),
(ii) human-mediated rapid evolution, (iii) ecological
study using dendrochronoloy, and (iv) relationship between
growth of reptiles and amphibians (assessed using skeletochronology)
and tree growth pattern with respect to annual variation in climate
and other ecological factors. Kiyoshi is now teaching at
Loyola University, Maryland.
Fumiko has successfully completed the Master's degree.
She is interested in how disturbances influence forest dynamics
and structure, and is also interested in studying exotic vascular
plants. Fumiko is now with her husband Kiyoshi Sasaki in
Undergraduate researcher and Niblack Scholar
Wyatt has research interests in plant-pollinator interactions, plant
and insect ecology, and plant taxonomy. He is currently researching
the presence of annual growth rings in the roots of herbaceous
prairie perennials. His past research has studied the effects of
patch burning on milkweed populations and the subsequent migrating
Monarch butterfly population.
Shyam has successfully completed the Master's degree on mowing
effects on tallgrass prairie vegetation. He is now
pursuing a doctoral degree at Iowa State University under the
direction of Kirk Moloney. His dissertation work is on
spatial models of pests of purple loosestrife.
María del Carmen Cobo
PhD candidate / Assist. Professor, University of Jaen, Spain.
Mari Carmen's interests have been focused in soil-plant relationships and
spatial variability in species composition and soil properties,
especially related to extreme environments, succession and different
types of disturbance.
Ramón Arévalo Sierra
Associate Professor of Ecology
University of La Laguna - Tenerife Spain
José is interested in forest restoration, invasive species management,
and the effects of grazing on species richness. His work
on exotic species invasion on Tenerife has been featured by several
Ray's primary interest is discovering which ecosystem
management practices are best for restoring and
While at OSU,
Eahsan studied role of the piosphere in structuring
vegetation and landscape function. His research interests include
the role of grazing along watering points and how vegetation and
soil respond to it.
Daniel J. McGlinn
Dan is interested in the scaling of species diversity in space
and time, neutral theory, and theory related to restoration
ecology. He is addressing these research questions within the
context of the tall grass prairie ecosystem.
Dan now has a postdoctoral position at the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in
Allen Hurlbert's lab.
Here, Dan is gorging himself on wild fruits of the tallgrass