Hello! I am Mark Genung, a Postdoctoral Associate in Rachael Winfree‘s lab at Rutgers University. My research focuses on quantitative community ecology, especially the analysis of biodiversity-ecosystem function relationships, the important differences between experimental and natural communities, and plant-pollinator interactions.
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 how intraspecific variation in plants affected a number of community and ecosystem responses, including above- and belowground plant productivity, pollinator visitation, and nutrient cycling.
Liam Mueller, a PhD student I worked with at Tennessee, just had a very nice paper accepted at Ecosphere. Look for it soon if you want to learn more about how volcanic eruptions in Hawaii drive genetic divergence in plants, and the resulting ecosystem consequences.
My Price equation-temporal stability paper is in revision at Ecology! Excited to move this one forward.
My NSF grant was considered meritorious and will be funded if possible, according to the Program Officer. But it’s on hold because of uncertainty about funding.
Invited talk at ICE in Orlando on rewiring and fidelity in plant-pollinator networks, in the Insights into the Biology of Wild and Managed Native Bees symposium.
Submitted my NSF full proposal (with co-PI Rachael Winfree) to NSF’s Population and Community Ecology program!
Co-authored paper on genetic diversity and ecosystem function (led by Lara Souza) accepted at Functional Ecology.
Gave a Price equation talk at a joint symposium of the Winfree Lab and the Kocher Lab at Princeton.
Paper on rewiring and fidelity in plant-pollinator networks (co-led with recent Winfree Lab PhD grad Molly MacLeod) accepted for publication in Ecology.
My NSF pre-proposal on the importance of species richness for real-world ecosystem services was invited forward.
Started leading the field work for an NSF-funded project on the role of dominance as a driver of the biodiversity-ecosystem services relationship. Excited to keep learning more about bees, and about field and lab techniques in pollination ecology!
Paper on quantitative definitions of rewiring and fidelity in plant-pollinator networks (with recent PhD recipient Molly MacLeod) in revision at Ecology.
Invited talk at Princeton University, April 27th. Thanks to Dave Wilcove, Helene Muller-Landau, and the Wilcove lab group for great feedback.