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.
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.