Hello! I am Mark Genung, a Postdoctoral Associate in Rachael Winfree‘s lab at Rutgers University. My research applies novel quantitative approaches to questions at the intersections of community and ecosystem ecology. I also use a combination of field, common garden, and greenhouse experiments to address how variation (expressed at many different levels, from genes to large phylogenetic groups) affects the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem function.
Currently, I am developing analytical approaches for questions broadly relevant to community ecology such as: 1) adapting the Price equation to understand the relative importance of richness, composition, and abundance for the temporal and spatial stability of ecosystem services and 2) null models to evaluate common assumptions made in the ecological networks literature. Before that, I completed my PhD in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where I worked with Jen Schweitzer and Joe Bailey, researching community and ecosystem genetics.