Sara Kuebbing, Assistant Professor
I am a plant ecologist interested in how human actions—like the movement of nonnative species around the globe—affects ecological communities. My primary aims in research are to build a better theoretical understanding of how invasion by plant species alters communities and ecosystems and to apply this knowledge to promote the stewardship of our environment. I am particularly interested in learning more about how nonnative species interact with one another and how ecological communities change as they increase in the level of invasion by nonnative plants.
I joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh in 2018. Prior to moving to Pitt, I was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies with research funding through the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies and the Smith Conservation Fellows Program. I received my PhD from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee and my BS from the Department of Entomology & Wildlife Conservation at the University of Delaware.
rachel reeb, graduate student
Rachel will join the lab in Fall 2018. We can't wait for her to arrive in Pittsburgh!
Isabel Acevedo, undergraduate student
Isabel is an undergraduate research intern from Brown University who is spending her Summer 2018 exploring how the phenology of native and nonnative old-field plants respond to warming temperatures. She is currently collaborating with the botanical curators at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History to use herbarium records to trace historical changes in phenological events and setting up a growth chamber experiment to test how warming and the presence of soil microbes influences growth and phenology.