Tony’s dissertation research explored the dispersal strategies of two invasive viburnum shrubs throughout New Jersey, the New York Metropolitan area, and the greater Philadelphia area. His two motivating questions were as follows: are dispersal strategies employed by closely related species comparable and what strategy leads to greater success at invading communities? To answer these questions, he employed an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates spatial modeling and landscape genetics with field based ecological experiments.
As a postdoctoral associate he conducted long-term ecological field research in the New Jersey Meadowlands and Liberty State Park, New Jersey.
Response of Japanese Barberry to Varying Degrees of Defoliation, Dirk Vanderklein, Anthony Cullen, and Jean-Edson Belcourt, 2015Northeastern Naturalist
Awards & Distinctions
- The Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund Scholarship
- Montclair State University, College of Science and Mathematics Award Scholarship
- Sydney S. Greenfield Botany Fellowship
- The Garden Club of America, Caroline Thorn Kissel Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
- Torrey Botanical Society, Graduate Student Research Fellowship
- Rutgers University-Newark Graduate School, Dissertation Fellowship