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Priti S. Dhabekar

Masters student (2009)

Master thesis “Investigations of root interactions of smooth brome (Bromus inermis) in response to different nutrient regimes”

Hetal Patel

Masters student (2009)

M.Sc. thesis “Root cooperation in strawberries: the role of  chemical signals”


I came with a plant sample from River Bend, Meadowlands and my lab life was good. Now I spend my days at The South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center.

Dr. Nicholas Henshue

Ph.D. (2013-2017); currently Clinical Associate Professor, University at Buffalo

Dr. Nick Henshue has a B.S. in Environmental Education, Master’s in Biology, and Ph.D. in Ecology. Nick’s research entails earthworms in post-industrial soils — the way they are part of

Dr. Anthony Brusa

Ph.D. candidate (2010-2016); currently Researcher 5, University of Minnesota

Anthony received his PhD in 2016 for work on population genetics of high impact invasive plant species. His work takes a multidisciplinary approach, combining traditional ecology with modern molecular and

Dr. Megan Litwhiler

Ph.D. candidate (2009-2015); currently Program Manager for Advanced Learning Initiatives, Irving Institute for Energy and Society, Dartmouth College

Megan is fascinated by the unforeseen biodiversity our cities can harbor. Birds are one of the most ubiquitous of the non-human city-dwellers, and one of her very favorite contributors to

Dr. Kimberly Plank

Ph.D. candidate (2010-2015); currently Biologist, Environmental Protection Agency

Dr. Kimberly Plank’s dissertation research investigated the ecological role of the root enzyme polyphenol oxidase in the invasive plant genus Bromus. She currently is a Biologist in the Technical Support Group at the

Dr. John Francois

Ph.D. (2006-2014), currently Life Science Portfolio Manager at Ward's Science/VWR

Ph.D. thesis “The effect of low level toxicants on growth and fitness of plants – a test of the hormesis effect”.

Dr. Mark June-Wells

Ph.D. (2006-2010), currently, Chief Science Officer at Organic Remedies Medical Marijuana & Principal Consultant at Aquatic Ecosystem Research LLC.

Ph.D. thesis “Niche divergence: scale and community effects. Implication for community development and invasive species”.

Ting Min Wu

Masters student (2012)

M.Sc. thesis “Genetic clonal identity and competitive strength of relic populations of a native salt marsh grass”.