Dr. Emily J. Rollinson
My research interests span the breadth of plant ecology, with a particular focus on community ecology and invasive species. I am interested in questions about the maintenance of species diversity in a community and the mechanisms that influence species co-existence - what determines how many species can share the same space, and whether a newly introduced species can establish there? Much of my work in this area focuses on riverbank (riparian) plant communities, and understanding the role of disturbances such as floods on their diversity and composition.
Weston's graduate thesis work investigates the effects of invasive species in riparian habitats on stream health. This research monitors the decomposition rates of native and invasive leaf litter in streams, and the colonization of these leaf packs by stream macroinvertebrates. Weston also works on clean water research with Dr. Paul Wilson (ESU) and the Delaware River Watershed Initiative, and led the ESU Environmental Club in establishing the Campus Arboretum.
Nijmih Siryani: flooding tolerance in multiple species of Persicaria
Dan Rinkenberg: effect of invasive riparian plants on stream macroinvertebrates
George Schubert: effect of invasive riparian plants on stream macroinvertebrates
Sean Gift: permanent forest plots (EREN) and forest surveys at Stony Acres