Nicole L. Kinlock
Dissertation work: I’m interested in plant interactions and the interplay of facilitation and competition in invaded plant communities. In invaded plant communities the degree of facilitation or competition with other plants will impact the fate of the invader, and there is some evidence that facilitation is important for increasing invader success. Facilitation has become accepted as an important force structuring plant communities, though current examples tend to be from extreme environments (like deserts or alpine regions). I conducted field experiments in an old field plant community in northeast Connecticut during summer 2016 to determine if facilitation is an important force in plant invasion. I'm currently synthesizing the literature to characterize the structure of plant interaction networks.
Other work: Recently, I worked with a seminar group at Stony Brook on a meta-analysis of the latitudinal diversity gradient. I also worked on a project in 2015 assessing the potential risks related to the introduction, dominance, and spread of biological invaders on green roofs. In the past, I’ve been a part of various projects, including assessing the biodiversity of macroinvertebrate communities in wetlands, managing invasive plant species in a mitigated wetland, and quantifying plankton dynamics in the St. Lawrence River.
Kinlock, N.L., Schindler, B.Y., and Gurevitch, J. 2015. Biological invasions in the context of green roofs. Israel Journal of Ecology & Evolution. 62(1-2): 32-43. (view)
(Left) Study species Rhus typhina in the field. (Right) Experimental set-up for seedling-seedling plant interaction network at the end of the season.
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