Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources

Faculty and Student Professional Update

October  2004




  • Dr. Joan Ehrenfeld will be presenting a seminar  entitled "Exotics in deciduous forests:  challenges for restoration."  at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) on Oct. 14th.

·        Smouse PE, Sork VL and Davis FD. 2004. Propagule flow in Quercus lobata from the Mediterranean vegetation zone of California. In: Plant Evolution in Mediterranean Climate Zones. Progr. IXth  IOBP Meet. p. 101.

·        Mylecraine KA, Smouse PE, Kuser JE, Zimmermann GL and Struwe L. 2004. Geographic variation in Atlantic white-cedar, Chamaecyparis thyoides (Cupressaceae). Prog. Bot. Soc. Amer. Meet. p. 76.

  • Sork VL, Grivet D and Smouse PE. 2004. A new approach to the study of seed dispersal: a temperate example for tropical systems. In: Measuring Tropical Seed Dispersal Using Molecular Markers: Abstr. Assoc. Trop. Conserv. Biol., Miami 2004. pp. 111-112.
  • Dr. Peter  Smouse and new Postdoctoral Associate Juan Robledo-Arnuncio (from Spain) will attend the 2004 Joint Conference of Division 2 of the International Union of Forestry  Organizations (IUFRO) in November 2004, in Charleston, South Carolina, and will present a pair of papers, which will appear in the proceedings, as listed below:
  • Smouse PE and Robledo-Arnuncio JJ. 2004. Defining pollen structure as the probability of paternal identity. In: Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding in the Age of Genomics: Progress and Future.  2004  IUFRO  Joint  Conf
  • Soto A, Robledo-Arnuncio JJ, González-Martínez SC, Smouse PE, Gómez A and Alía R. 2004. Contrasting patterns of genetic diversity in the six Iberian pine species. In: Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding in the Age of Genomics: Progress and Future. 2004 IUFRO Joint  Conf.



  • Jiang, Lin & P. J. Morin. 2004. Productivity gradients cause positive diversity-invasibility relations in microbial communities. Ecology Letters

7: 1047-1057.

·        Austerlitz F, Dick CW, Dutech C, Klein E, Oddou-Muratorio S, Smouse PE and Sork VL. 2004. Using genetic markers to estimate the pollen dispersal curve. Molec. Ecol. 13:937-954.

  • Dyer RJ, Westfall RD, Sork VL and Smouse PE. 2004. Two-generation analysis of pollen flow across a landscape. V. A stepwise approach for extracting factors contributing to pollen structure. Heredity 92:204-211.
  • Smouse, PE and Sork Vl. 2004. Measuring pollen flow in forest trees: a comparison of alternative approaches. For. Ecol. Manag. 197:21-38.
  • Robledo-Arnuncio, JJ , Smouse PE, Gil L and Alia R. 2004 Pollen movement under alternative silvicultural practices in native populations of Scots Pine (Pinus Sylvestris L.) in central Spain. For. Ecol. Manag. 197:245-255.

·        Dutech C, Sork VL, Smouse PE and Davis F. 2004. Relationships between fine-scale genetic structure and gene flow in a wind pollinated tree species, Quercus lobata Neé.  Am. J. Bot. (in press)

·        Sork VL, Smouse PE, Apsit VJ, Dyer RJ and Westfall RD. 2004. A two-generation analysis of pollen structure in Missouri Ozark populations of flowering dogwood (Cornus florida, Cornaceae). Am. J. Bot. (in press).

·        Mylecraine KA, Kuser JE, Smouse PE and Zimmermann GL. 2004. Geographic allozyme variation in Atlantic white-cedar, Chamaecyparis thyoides (Cupressaceae). Can. J. For. Res. (in press)

·        Gonzáles Martínez SC, Robledo-Arnuncio JJ and Smouse PE. 2005. The consequences and implications of introgression in the context of different conservation strategies: forest trees. In: Gene Flow and Germplasm Management. Issues in Genetic Resources, (de) Vicente, MC (Ed.). IPGRI, Rome. (in press).

·        Shannon Stohr, a PhD candidate in John Dighton’s lab, has a paper in Microbial Ecology entitled:  "Effects of Species Diversity on Establishment and Coexistence: A Phylloplane Fungal Community Model System." Published online early, available at

  • Mansion, G. & L. Struwe. 2004. Generic delimitation and phylogenetic relationships within the subtribe Chironiinae (Chironieae: Gentianaceae) with special reference to Centaurium: evidence from nrDNA and cpDNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 32: 951-977.
  • Struwe, L. & V. A. Albert. 2004. Monograph of neotropical Potalia (Gentianaceae: Potalieae). Systematic Botany 29(3): 670-701.


Advisory Panels:

·        Dr. Peter Smouse has finished a 3-year committee assignment with the National Research Council, working on recommendations to preserve Atlantic Salmon along the Maine coast, the final report from which is now published:

Committee on Atlantic Salmon in Maine. 2004. Atlantic Salmon in Maine. Nat. Res. Coun., Natl. Acad. Press, Washington, DC. 276 pp. (Smouse contributing).

·        Dr. John C. F. Tedrow, emeritus, worked as a forensic geologist with Ocean County authorities in the Brittney Gregory murder case.


Faculty Achievements and Activities:

  • Dr. Steven Handel, on sabbatical leave this term, is giving a series of lectures on urban restoration ecology to a graduate class at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.

·        Drs. Peter Smouse and Juan Robledo-Arnuncio, along with Ms. DC Olrik (visiting Danish grad student) traveled to California for a field trip and research conference on the avian seed vectors of California valley oak, visiting the Hastings and Sedgewick Reserves of the UC reserve system, and interacting with colleagues from UC-Berkeley, UC-Santa Barbara and UC-Los Angeles.


Student Activities:

  • Matthew Palmer,  a PhD candidate in Joan Ehrenfeld’s lab, Jonathon Schramm, a graduate student in the lab of Colleen Hatfield and Jay Kelly, a PhD candidate in Andrew Vayda’s lab, participated in the Annual Master Gardener Conference organized by Rutgers Cooperative Extension on October 2. They led tours of Helyar Woods which covered topics such as invasive plants, native perennials for shady conditions, and edible and medicinal plants.
  •  Greg Dahle, graduate student in Jason Grabosky’s lab and  ISA Certified Arborist also presented a talk entitled “ The Tender Years: Selecting, Transplanting & Caring for Trees During the First 2 Years in the Ground.”
  •  Thomas Virzi, a graduate student in Julie Lockwood’s lab, will be presenting his  thesis and pilot research performed last season at the American Oystercatcher Working Group annual meeting in Georgia next month. The meeting is Nov 3-5.