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Plant Physiological Ecology

Jennifer Boyd, Ph.D.

 Dr. Jennifer Boyd

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Research Interests:

My research focuses on plant ecology with particular interest in the issues of species conservation and restoration, biological invasions, and plant responses to global change. Currently, my students and I are conducting several research projects. We are engaged in ongoing investigations of the growth and reproductive responses of rare and federally threatened large flower skullcap (Scutellaria montana) to disturbances including fire, forest thinning, and herbivory. We also are examining the light responses of hybrid chestnuts to determine how this variable may be inherited and how it could impact the success of local American chestnut (Castanea dentata) restoration efforts. Additionally, we recently began a large-scale multi-year survey of numerous invasive plant species in Tennessee Army National Guard training sites to help increase understanding of the associations between human disturbance and plant invasions and to assess the potential impact that non-native invasive plants may have on rare native plant species in these sites. We also are beginning a new research project designed to elucidate how abiotic factors might influence the reproductive success of locally rare white fringeless orchid (Platanthera integrilabia) toward aiding conservation of this species.

Recent Grants:

Boyd JN. Invasive species survey and rare species impact assessment in the Tennessee Army National Guard Volunteer Training Sites. Tennessee Army National Guard. January 1, 2013–December 31, 2014. $89,000.

Boyd JN. How do light and soil moisture availability affect Platanthera integrilabia growth and reproduction? U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. June 1, 2013–December 31, 2014. $7,398

Boyd JN, Shaw J. Impacts of large animal herbivory on Scutellaria montana in the Tennessee Army National Guard Volunteer Training Site.  Tennessee Army National Guard. January 1, 2011–December 31, 2012. $63,455.

The Tennessee Army National Guard. Effects of transplantation, prescribed burning, and canopy clearing on Scutellaria montana in the Volunteer Training Site. [with J. Shaw, co-PI]. 2009-2011.

The American Chestnut Foundation. Comparing the shade tolerance of American chestnut, Chinese chestnut, and their hybrids. [with J.H. Craddock, co-PI]. 2009-2011

Recent Publications:

Kile HM*, Shaw J, Boyd JN (2013) Response of federally threatened Scutellaria montana (large-flowered skullcap) to pre-transplantation burning and canopy thinning. Southeastern Naturalist 12: 99-120.

Kile HM*, Shaw J, Boyd JN (2011) Relocation success of federally threatened Scutellaria montana (Lamiaceae, large-flowered skullcap) from a proposed highway corridor. Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science 86: 101–104.

Boyd JN, Xu CY, Griffin KL (2009) Cost-effectiveness of leaf energy and resource investment of invasive Berberis thunbergii(Japanese barberry) and co-occurring native shrubs. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 39: 2109-2118.