Assistant Professor of Biology
Hatch Science Building - 9
Current teaching schedule available on the public course finder.
My research interests focus on plant reproductive ecology, often in disturbed ecosystems, using a combination of field sampling and molecular ecology tools. I have studied the ecology of flooding in riparian woodlands, harvesting in conifer forests, disease in hardwood forests, insect predation in farmlands, introduced species in marshes, and climate change in tundra. Within these disturbed environments, my work explores plant reproduction and growth structure at the population and community scale, particularly among clonal plants. Representing a large proportion of the planet’s flora, but largely overlooked, clonal plants are an excellent model species for the study of ecological dynamics particular to the plant kingdom.
* = student researcher
Spens A*. and Douhovnikoff V. (2016) Epigenetic variation within Phragmites australis among lineages, genotypes, and ramets. Biological Invasions DOI 10.1007/s10530-016-1223-1
Douhovnikoff V., and Leventhal M.* (2016) The use of Hardy Weinberg Equilibrium in clonal plant systems. Ecology and Evolution. doi: 10.1002/ece3.1946
Douhovnikoff V., Taylor S.H., Hazelton E.L.G., Smith C.*, O’Brien J. (2016) Maximal stomatal conductance to water and plasticity in stomatal traits differ between native and invasive introduced lineages of Phragmites australis in North America. AoB Plants. doi:10.1093/aobpla/plw006
Spens A*. and Douhovnikoff V. (In Review) Epigenetic variation within Phragmites australis among lineages, genotypes, and ramets. Biological Invasions
Dodd R. and Douhovnikoff V. (In Press) Adjusting to global change through clonal growth and epigenetic variation. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
Kan C., Lichter J., and Douhovnikoff V. (In Review) Regional Genetic Population Structures and Assessment of Morphological Identification in Alosa aestivalis and A. pseudoharengus. Fisheries Research.
Douhovnikoff V. and Dodd R.S. (2014) Epigenetics: A potential mechanism for clonal plant success. Plant Ecology.
Douhovnikoff V. and Hazelton E. (2014) Clonal growth: invasion or stability? A comparative study of clonal architecture and diversity in two conspecific native and introduced grasses. American Journal of Botany.
Douhovnikoff V. and Dodd R.S. (2011) Lineage divergence in coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), detected by a new set of nuclear microsatellite loci. American Midland Naturalist 165:22-37.
Douhovnikoff, V., Goldsmith, G.R., Tape, K.D., Huang*, C, Sur*, N. and M.S. Bret-Harte. (2010) Clonal diversity in an expanding community of arctic Salix spp. and a model for recruitment modes of arctic plants. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research 42: 406-411
Douhovnikoff V., McBride J.R.. and Dodd, R.S. (2005) Salix exigua clonal growth and population dynamics in relation to disturbance regime variation. Ecology 86, 446-452. Full Text (PDF)
Douhovnikoff V., Dodd R.S., and Cheng A.M.* (2004) Incidence, size and spatial structure of clones in second-growth stands of coast redwood, Sequoia sempervirens (Cupressaceae). American Journal of Botany 91, 1140-1146. Full Text (PDF)
Douhovnikoff V. and Dodd R.S. (2003) Intra-clonal variation and a similarity threshold for identification of clones: application to Salix exigua using AFLP molecular markers. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 106, 1307-1315. Full Text (PDF)