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Xiang Lin

Ph.D. candidate, Teaching Assistant

Xiang is interested in ecological succession of plant communities under different environmental stresses, especially soil contamination. He uses GIS technology to trace plant transitions over time and build models to simulate ecological succession, as well as to predict future succession scenarios. In addition, he is also familiar with bioinformatic technologies used in genetic studies.

Kathleen Farley

Ph.D. candidate, Teaching Assistant, Secretary of the Newark chapter of Rutgers AAUP-AFT

Kathleen investigates how degraded habitats influence animal behavior and populations using the American Woodcock. Her research system includes the  brownfields and natural early successional habitats along an urbanizing gradient in northern New Jersey. She is currently investigating usage and fitness of males on their singing ground sites, home ranges, vegetation assemblages, food availability and predator

Dr. Anthony Cullen

Ph.D. candidate (2014-2018); currently Postdoctoral Associate, Rutgers-Newark (2018-2019)

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


Lab dog (unofficial therapy dog)

As the official Holzapfel lab dog my duties are pretty straightforward. I must greet everyone who visits the lab, get humans off their chairs and away from their computers to play with me, nudge the humans or jump up in their laps when not paying me enough attention, or simply lay under their desks to

Dr. Claus Holzapfel

Associate Professor

Fusion Ecology: as an ecologist I am fascinated by the intriguing ways of how species interact with each other. Within that topic I address questions spanning community, population and evolutionary ecology of plants and animals. The list of keywords describing my past and present work is long: disturbance, breeding systems, diversity, invasion, seed ecology, root