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Matthew Palmer

Title Lecturer
Affiliation/Department Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology, Columbia University
Telephone: (212) 854-4767
Professional degree Ph.D., Rutgers University
Research Keywords Community ecology, plant conservation biology, local controls on plant diversity
Research Description I am interested in that factors that influence diversity at local scales. Within this broad subject, I have done research on the effects of microtopography and plant interactions on centimeter-scale diversity patterns in fens of the New Jersey Pinelands, on the effects of mutualistic interactions between protists in aquatic microcosms, and on the effects of density and productivity gradients on plant community structure in herbaceous old-fields.  I am also interested in the demographic factors which influence population dynamics of endangered plant species.
Current Research Centimeter-scale distribution patterns in a diverse wetland plant community, conservation biology of globally rare species in the New Jersey Pinelands, the effects of dominant-plant density and productivity on dynamics in an old-field plant community, the flora of New Jersey