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Vladimir Douhovnikoff

Assistant Professor of Biology


Contact Information


Hatch Science Building - 9

Teaching this semester

BIOL 2581 / ENVS 2281. Forest Ecology and Conservation

Vladimir Douhovnikoff
An examination of how forest ecology and the principles of silviculture inform forest ecosystem restoration and conservation. Explores ecological dynamics of forest ecosystems, the science of managing forests for tree growth and other goals, natural history and historic use of forest resources, and the state of forests today, as well as challenges and opportunities in forest restoration and conservation. Consists of lecture, discussions, field trips, and guest seminars by professionals working in the field.

Vladimir Douhovnikoff - Bowdoin College Biology Department


  • BA, MS, PhD, University of California, Berkeley


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.

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Citations on ResearchGate

* = 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 systemsEcology 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 AmericaAoB Plants. doi:10.1093/aobpla/plw006

Dodd R. and Douhovnikoff V. (2016) Adjusting to global change through clonal growth and epigenetic variationFrontiers in Ecology and Evolution doi: 10.3389/fevo.2016.00086

Kan C., Lichter J., and Douhovnikoff V. (In Review) Regional Genetic Population Structures and Assessment of Morphological Identification in Alosa aestivalis and A. pseudoharengusFisheries 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, 1140-1146Full 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)