Leighton Reid C'06 recently accepted a tenure-track faculty position in restoration ecology at Virginia Tech University that he will start in August. Leighton is currently a research scientist at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Leighton is a co-author on a recently published paper with me about forest resilience on the Domain. Ashley Morris C'97 will be leaving her current position at Middle Tennessee State University this coming summer to start a new faculty position in plant biology at Furman University. Ashley and I are currently collaborating on the hill cane population genetics project.
Our paper, "Differential resistance to tree species loss between two dominant communities in a resilient southeastern landscape" has been accepted for publication in Natural Areas Journal. Lab alumni, Leighton Reid (C'06) and Callie Oldfield (C'15) were co-authors. The concept of resiliency is commonly used by both land managers and ecologists when referring to the ability of landscapes to retain biodiversity over time. Since landscapes are often composed of multiple, juxtaposed communities, it is possible that resiliency may vary considerably within a given landscape. Our paper examined this question using long-term vegetation plot data from two adjacent forest communities at Dick Co