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Ailene Ettinger, Ph.D.

Biography

I am a plant ecologist and conservation biologist. I currently have a National Science Foundation Math Biology Postdoctoral Fellowship. One of my projects is working with Andy Royle and Elizabeth Crone (Tufts University) to model populations dynamics of small-whorled pogonia (Isotria medeoloides), a rare species that often goes dormant for several years before re-emerging above-ground. The costs, benefits, and environmental triggers of dormancy are unclear, and we are investigating how temporal and spatial variation in the environment affect its population dynamics, using multi-state models. 

Education:

PhD, Biology Department, University of Washington, 2007-2013

Doctoral degree in biology, with a focus on plant community ecology. Dissertation research on range limit determinants of and climate change effects on conifers at Mount Rainier National Park.

Advisor: Dr. Janneke Hille Ris Lambers

Graduation date: September 2013

Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science, Brown University, 1997-2001

Courses taken include a wide range of science and policy classes, with a focus on plant ecology and conservation. Honors thesis: "Conservation of a rare Block Island wildflower: herbivory, seed predation, and Allee effects in northern blazing star (Liatris scariosa var. novae-angliae)." Advisor: Dr. Johanna Schmitt