• flinn 2015
Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology



Office: LSP232B


B.S., College of William and Mary, Biology & English

Ph.D., Cornell University, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Postdoc, McGill University, NSF International Fellow


Restoration ecology, especially the protection of rare species, the restoration of disturbed communities, the spread of invasive species, and the long-term impacts of agriculture.

Flinn lab website

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Research publications (undergraduate authors starred):

Flinn, K.M., J.L. Mikes* and H.A.D. Kuhns*. Succession may reduce diversity more than invasion: plant diversity and community composition in eastern North American serpentine barrens. Plant Ecology, in review.

Flinn, K.M., M.M. Loiacono* and H.E. Groff*. 2014. Low reproductive success of hayscented fern (Dennstaedtia punctilobula) regardless of inbreeding level or time since disturbance. Botany 92: 911-915.

Flinn, K.M., J.L. Bechhofer* and M. Malcolm*. 2014. Little impact of the invasive shrub Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii DC) on forest understory plant communities. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 141: 217-224.

Flinn, K.M. 2014. Agricultural legacies in forest herb communities. Pages 438-444 in F.S. Gilliam, ed. The Herbaceous Layer in Forests of Eastern North America.  2nd ed. Oxford, New York, USA.

Flinn, K.M. 2011. Why are acidophilic plants abundant in post-agricultural forests? Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 138: 73-76.

Flinn, K.M., T.C. Gouhier, M.J. Lechowicz, and M.J. Waterway. 2010. The role of dispersal in shaping plant community composition of wetlands in a forested landscape. Journal of Ecology 98: 1292-1299.

Flinn, K.M., M.J. Waterway, and M.J. Lechowicz. 2010. Disjunct performance and distribution in the sedge Carex prasina. Oecologia 163: 119-126.

Goodale, C.L., S.A. Thomas, G. Fredriksen, E.M. Elliott, K.M. Flinn, T.J. Butler, and M.T. Walter. 2009. Unusual seasonal patterns and inferred processes of nitrogen retention in forested headwaters of the Upper Susquehanna River. Biogeochemistry 93: 197-218.

Flinn, K.M., M.J. Lechowicz, and M.J. Waterway. 2008. Plant species diversity and composition of wetlands within an upland forest. American Journal of Botany 95: 1216-1224.

Flinn, K.M. 2007. Microsite-limited recruitment controls fern colonization of post-agricultural forests. Ecology 88: 3103-3114.

Flinn, K.M., and P.L. Marks. 2007. Agricultural legacies in forest environments: Tree communities, soil properties and light availability. Ecological Applications 17: 452-463.

Case, M.A., K.M. Flinn, J.E. Jancaitis, A.E. Alley, and A.E. Paxton. 2007. Declining abundance of American ginseng documented by herbarium specimens. Biological Conservation 134: 22-30.

Vellend, M., K. Verheyen, K.M. Flinn, H. Jacquemyn, A. Kolb, H. Van Calster, G. Peterken, B.J. Graae, J. Bellemare, O. Honnay, J. Brunet, M. Wulf, F. Gerhardt, and M. Hermy. 2007. Homogenization of forest plant communities and weakening of species–environment relationships via agricultural land use. Journal of Ecology 95: 565-573.

Flinn, K.M. 2006. Reproductive biology of three fern species may contribute to differential colonization success in post-agricultural forests. American Journal of Botany 93: 1289-1294.

Flinn, K.M., and M. Vellend. 2005. Recovery of forest plant communities in post-agricultural landscapes. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 3: 243-250.  

Flinn, K.M., M. Vellend, and P.L. Marks. 2005. Environmental causes and consequences of forest clearance and agricultural abandonment in central New York. Journal of Biogeography 32: 439-452.

Flinn, K.M., and P.L. Marks. 2004. Land-use history and forest herb diversity in Tompkins County, New York, USA. Pages 81-95 in O. Honnay, K. Verheyen, B. Bossuyt, and M. Hermy, eds. Forest Biodiversity: Lessons from History for Conservation.  CABI, Wallingford, UK.

Teaching publications:

Flinn, K.M. 2015. Spoons, forks, chopsticks, straws: Simulating natural selection. Understanding Evolution. (http://evolution.berkeley.edu/)

Flinn, K.M. 2015. Building a twig phylogeny. American Biology Teacher 77: 141-144.

Flinn, K.M. 2014. How do pawpaws affect tree regeneration? Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology 10: 1. (http://tiee.esa.org/vol/v10/experiments/flinn/abstract.html)

Popular work

Flinn, K.M. 2015. This is a place.  Belt Magazine, March 25, 2015.

Course Information

BIO 110 Principles of Evolution, Ecology & Heredity

BIO 323 Ecological Concepts and Applications

NSP 142 Plant-Human Interactions