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.
In my current position is have several projects. First, I am adapting the Price equation to understand the relative importance of richness, composition, and abundance for the temporal and spatial stability of ecosystem services. Second, I am using null models to develop quantitative definitions of rewiring and fidelity for the ecological networks literature. Third, I am leading fieldwork on an NSF-funded biodiversity project. 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.
News, Spring-Summer 2015
MacLeod & Genung et al. 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.
Excited to collaborate with Lara Souza on a genotypic diversity – ecosystem function paper!
Invited talk at Princeton University, April 27th. Thanks to Dave Wilcove, Helene Müller-Landau, and the Wilcove lab group for great feedback.