Hello! I am Mark Genung, a Postdoctoral Associate in Rachael Winfree‘s lab at Rutgers University. I study plant-pollinator interactions, at levels spanning organisms to ecosystems. I also study quantitative community ecology, especially the analysis of biodiversity-ecosystem function relationships and understanding the scalability of experimental results to natural communities.
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.
On January 1st, 2019, I will begin as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette! If you’re interested in pursuing graduate studies in the lab, please send me a brief email with your research experience and interests. The Department of Biology offers very nice fellowships for strong candidates.
We just received confirmation of funding for a new NSF grant, from the Population and Community Ecology panel, titled: “Synthetic analysis of the importance of species richness to ecosystem services in natural systems”! The grant will run from 2018-2020 and fund exploratory, synthetic work in theoretical ecology. PI M. Genung with Co-PI R. Winfree, May 2018.
My wife and I welcomed our first child, Gavin Richard Genung, March 2018!
Our NSF REU and Career-Life Balance supplement proposals were accepted, March 2018.
My Price equation-temporal stability paper is published in Ecology, July 2017.
Liam Mueller, a PhD student I worked with at Tennessee, just had a very nice paper published in Ecosphere, May 2017. Look for it to learn more about how volcanic eruptions in Hawaii drive genetic divergence in plants, and the resulting ecosystem consequences.
Co-authored paper on genetic diversity and ecosystem function (led by Lara Souza) published in Functional Ecology, April 2017.
Starting up the second season of field work on the NSF-funded “dominance as a driver of the biodiversity-ecosystem services relationship” project, March 2017.
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, September 2016.
My NSF pre-proposal on the importance of species richness for real-world ecosystem services was invited forward, March 2016.
Started leading the field work for an NSF-funded project on the role of dominance as a driver of the biodiversity-ecosystem services relationship, March 2016. Excited to keep learning more about bees, and about field and lab techniques in pollination ecology!
Invited talk at Princeton University, April 2016. Thanks to Dave Wilcove, Helene Muller-Landau, and the Wilcove lab group for great feedback.