Jean H. Burns Lab: People

Jean H. Burns, Associate Professor.

Jean's research focuses on the mechanisms driving community assembly and biological invasions, including understanding the role of phylogeny in these processes.

Graduate students

Andrew Lance, Ph.D. candidate.

Andy is studying the role of mycorrhizal mutualisms in tree restoration.

Grant Yu Liu, Ph.D. student.

Grant is studying the microbiome and disease resistance in Rhododendron.

Jennifer Murphy, Ph.D. candidate.

Jennifer is studying the correlates of global invasiveness in the Roses, using detailed physiological studies and phylogenetic comparative methods.

Anna Osvaldsson, Ph.D. candidate.

Anna is interested in the effects of global climate change on native plant populations.

Undergraduate students

Left to right: Nick Schlosser, Alexis Balog, Jean Burns, Evan Fritzke, and Yu Liu, conducting an experiment at Holden Arboretum, summer 2018.


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Dr. Angela J. Brandt, Ph.D., postdoctoral scholar.

Angela studies the role of spatio-temporal environmental heterogeneity on biological invasions and species coexistence, and how species characteristics affect their interactions and outcomes of invasion or restoration. See our work on spatial soil heterogeneity and coexistence (Brandt et al. 2013, Brandt et al. 2014, Burns and Brandt 2014, del Pino et al. 2015, Brandt et al. 2015, Burns et al. 2017). Angela is now working as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Bill Lee in New Zealand at Landcare Research.

Lane Chesler, Hathaway Brown.

Dr. Colin Cope, Ph.D. Colin studies how species interactions such as herbivory and soil biota mediate biological invasions. Please see Colin Cope's research on invasive earthworms in Forest Ecology and Management (Cope and Burns 2019).

Gaston del Pino, SPUR fellow. (del Pino et al. 2015).

Deanna Drenton, GLISTEN undergraduate stewardship liaison.

Alex Faidiga. Alex is interested in floral evolution and pollen limitation.

Kathleen Grigsby. Kat is interested in species interactions, including between plants and soil microbes.

Lauren Huffman, GLISTEN undergraduate stewardship liaison.

Angela Kaczowka, SPUR fellow (Burns et al. 2017). Angela is an Assistant Professor of Practice at Agricultural Education Department, University of Arizona.

Kasey Kiesewetter, undergraduate honors in biology. Kasey has started in the PhD program at the University of Miami, in the Afkhami Lab.

Conor Leahy, SPUR fellow.

Brad Ochocki, visiting scholar. Brad is currently a member of the Tom E. X. Miller lab at Rice University. Congratulations, Brad!

Elizabeth Odil, undergraduate researcher.

Matthew Sievers, undergraduate researcher.

Benjamin Sulka, undergraduate researcher.

Drake Sweet, NSF REU fellow, undergraduate honors in biology (Sweet and Burns, 2017).

Christine Yu, undergraduate researcher.

Xiaoni Zhao, undergraduate researcher.

Yu-Long Zheng, Visiting Scholar. Visiting from Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden and funded by a Chinese Academy of Science Fellowship. See our work in Zheng et al. (2018, Ecology Letters).

Nicole Zimmerman, undergraduate researcher.