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December 31, 2022
Global Importance of Imperiled Old-growth Forests With an Emphasis on the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains

This was a collaboration with Rob Messick, who, while not an academic officially, is a well respected naturalist and expert on the Blue Ridge mountains in and around North Carolina. Rob was gracious enough to share years and years of data, maps, and even old growth tree core records. We transformed it all into a […]

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December 31, 2022
Evaluating threats to the rare butterfly, Pieris virginiensis

This is my full dissertation, available to anyone who wants it. Of note, there's really only two chapters that are unpublished: the introduction, which was my research proposal heavily modified; and one article that we just couldn't get published on greenhouse experiments. Everything else is in its more final form in the journals where we […]

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December 31, 2022
Forests Are Not Fuel: Encyclopedia Chapter

This one was fun to write, but it's landed in a weird place on the web. It's owned by Elsevier, who owns the Encyclopedia of the World's Biomes, where it was published. We contributed this chapter discussing the history and implications of bioenergy usage in the United States. Abstract As the world seeks solutions to […]

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December 31, 2022
Evidence for use of Alliaria petiolata in North America by the European cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae

This was a simple article we did just categorizing our observations of Pieris rapae, the cabbage white butterfly, using a native host, Alliaria petiolata, while both in invaded territory (the US). This open-access article details our observations of oviposition and larval survival in Ohio ecosystems. Abstract Pieris rapae L., an invasive crop pest, may have […]

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December 31, 2022
Biogeographic variation in resistance of the invasive plant, Alliaria petiolata, to a powdery mildew fungus and effect of resistance on competitive dynamics

Garlic mustard has been chased by a powdery mildew fungus as long as it's been advancing in the US. Understanding its relationship, the resistance, and the outcome of competitive dynamics has been tricky. I contributed some of the seeds, some of the greenhouse work, and some of the graphics to this paper.

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December 31, 2022
Range, genetic diversity and future of the threatened butterfly, Pieris virginiensis

This was the final paper from my dissertation that I directly authored, and it was one of my favorites, because I started learning mapping with this paper! I used climate models (worldclim data) to develop suitability maps for the rare West Virginia White butterfly. I then combined that data with genetic diversity data that I […]

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December 31, 2022
How environmental conditions and changing landscapes influence the survival and reproduction of a rare butterfly, Pieris virginiensis (Pieridae)

This was my first published paper, and it explored the biogeographical factors relating to survival of this rare butterfly, the West Virginia White. We tracked the same field site for several years, finding little to no evidence of survival of this rare butterfly. Evidence was tenuous, mostly because the similarities between P. virginiensis and P. […]

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December 30, 2022
Does garlic mustard lure and kill the West Virginia White butterfly?

Another beautiful piece placed in the Journal of Chemical Ecology, this was our second dive into the chemistry of Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) and how it was affecting a rare native butterfly, Pieris virginiensis (the West Virginia White). We found that one particular compound, sinigrin, did not affect oviposition rates, but it did effect how […]

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December 30, 2022
Siting of wood pellet production facilities in environmental justice communities in the Southeastern United States

This was my first article that was completely different from my dissertation work. Although he's not credited, my first Duke Stanback intern did the preliminary analysis for this piece. We tried to get in touch with him to give him authorship, but he never got back with us. In any case - it was a […]

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December 30, 2022
Glucosinolate-related glucosides in Alliaria petiolata: sources of variation in the plant and different metabolism in an adapted specialist herbivore, Pieris rapae

This was one of two internationally coauthored pieces we did on the chemical ecology of the invasive species Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata). Even though it's almost a decade later, I am deeply appreciative of the collaboration with Tina Frisch and the many other co-authors we had on this piece. In this piece, we worked on […]

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