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  • Kathryn M. Flinn

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
    717-358-4841
    Office: LSP232D
    Summary: Plant Ecology

    Education

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

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

    Postdoc, McGill University, NSF International Fellow

    Research Interests

    Plant 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

    Google scholar profile

    Publications

    Research publications at F&M (F&M student authors starred):

    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, in review.

    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, in press.

    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.

    Research publications elsewhere:

    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 at F&M:

    Flinn, K.M. 2014. Building a twig phylogeny. American Biology Teacher, in press.

    Flinn, K.M. 2014. How do pawpaws affect tree regeneration? Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology, in review. (http://esa.org/tiee/)

    Flinn, K.M. 2014. Spoons, forks, chopsticks, straws: Simulating natural selection. Understanding Evolution, in review. (http://evolution.berkeley.edu/)

    Course Information

    BIO 110 Principles of Evolution, Ecology & Heredity

    BIO 323 Ecological Concepts and Applications

    NSP 142 Plant-Human Interactions