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? I examine this through several lenses, including ongoing studies of insects in common milkweed populations and student-led course-based studies of successional processes in local meadow preserves. I additionally contribute to a number of other ongoing collaborative research projects focused on Pennsylvania plants and wildlife, including the ecology of ticks and tick-borne diseases in the region, timber rattlesnake populaiton ecology, and the influence of prescribed fires on PA fauna and flora.
Past lab members