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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”.

Dr. Linda Rohleder

Ph.D. candidate (2008-2013); currently Director of Land Stewardship, NYNJ Trail Conference

Ph.D. thesis “The vertical dimension of deer browse effects on forest understories: species diversity, plant traits and floristic quality”.

Dr. Julia Perzley

Ph.D. (2010-2018); Life Scientist at US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Dr. Julia Perzley is a plant ecologist interested in urban systems and public science education. Currently she is teaching Concepts in Biology, a large introductory biology course at Rutgers Newark.

Dr. Sahil Wadhwa

Ph.D. (2013-2017); currently Assistant Professor and Research Scientist at Amity Centre for Air Pollution Control, Amity University Gurugram, India

Sahil’s research focused on understanding how heavy metal contamination shapes biodiversity in brownfields. During his PhD, he studied effects of metal contamination on diversity of epigeic invertebrate community and particularly

Dr. Anthony Cullen

Ph.D. (2014-2018); currently Supervisory PPQ Officer at USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

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