Burns lab

The Burns lab explores factors influencing community assembly and biological invasions. Invasive species are a useful model system for understanding community assembly, because introduction of species to a new habitat is an unintended experiment in factors limiting species distributions.

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Blogs and News

October 2014

Jean's publication "To what degree are invaders drivers or passengers of phylogenetic community structure?" was published in the Journal of Vegetation Science.

September 2014

Anna Osvaldsson received a grant for her research on the effects of changing snow cover on native spring ephemerals from the Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio. Congratulations to Anna!

May 2014

Our work on mutual invasibility was featured on NPR's Living on Earth.

April 2014

Angela Kaczowka placed 3rd in the Michelson Morley undergraduate research competition at CWRU! Congratulations to Angela.

2 August 2013

Morgan MacBeth and Alexandra Flanigan presented their poster "Do closely related plants create similar soil microbial communities in the rhizosphere?" at the CWRU Intersections poster session.

23-24 March 2013

Colin Cope presented a poster "Does phylogeny help to explain patterns of invasiveness in the Ohio flora?" at the Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference at Notre Dame

13 March 2013

Jean was nominated for the Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate teaching at CWRU.

March 2013

Angela Brandt's (Brandt et al. 2013) paper on the role of plant-soil feedback generated heterogeneity for plant population establishment is out in a Special Feature in the Journal of Ecology.

8 Jan 2013

Burns et al. (2013) publish a paper on the demography of invasive species: "Greater sexual reproduction contributes to differences in demography of invasive plants and their noninvasive relatives" in Ecology.

 

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Jean H. Burns, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Biology

Case Western Reserve University

2080 Adelbert Road

307 DeGrace Hall

Cleveland, OH 44106-7080

jbm122 <@> case.edu

1-216-368-4288

News and events

 

The CWRU College of Arts and Sciences features our research in the newsletter.

Our plant invasion and climate change studies were featured in the latest newsletter from the College.

 

Anna OsvaldssonAnna Osvaldsson receives a reseach grant.

Anna Osvaldsson received a grant for her research on the effects of changing snow cover on native spring ephemerals from the Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio. Congratulations to Anna!

 

Jennifer MurphyJennifer Murphy is awarded a research grant from the Ohio Invasive Plants Council.

Jennifer's project will examine the roles of competition and plant-soil feedbacks in invasion of Rosa multiflora. Congratulations, Jennifer!