Samantha Vo is a local undergraduate student from George Mason University in Northern Virginia, and divides her time between the Plant Ecology and Molecular Labs. Her project will explore the world of endobacteria associated with orchid mycorrhizal fungi and the effects the bacteria has on its host, which ultimately ties into the unique tripartite relationship between bacteria, fungi, and orchids. Samantha's work will include many ex situ trials involving Goodyera pubescens seeds grown alongside fungi/endobacteria, as well as inoculation of older fungal cultures with endobacteria isolated from recently cultured fungi.
Hazelton, Eric L. G., Mozdzer, Thomas J., Burdick, David, Kettenring, Karin M. and Whigham, Dennis. 2014. Phragmites australis Management in the United States: 40 years of methods and outcomes. AoB Plants, doi:10.1093/aobpla/plu001
Ma, Yini, Filley, Timothy R., Szlavecz, Katalin and McCormick, Melissa K. 2014. Controls on wood and leaf litter incorporation into soil fractions in forests at different successional stages. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 69: 212-222. doi:10.1016/j.soilbio.2013.10.043
McCormick, Melissa K. and Jacquemyn, Hans. 2014. What constrains the distribution of orchid populations? New Phytologist, 202(2): 392-400. doi:10.1111/nph.12639
Verhoeven, Jos T. A., Laanbroek, Hendrikus J., Rains, Mark C. and Whigham, Dennis F. 2014. Effects of increased summer flooding on nitrogen dynamics in impounded mangroves. Journal of Environmental Management, 139: 217-226.
Whigham, Dennis F., McCormick, Melissa K. and O'Neill, John P. 2014. Ongoing studies of Isotria medeoloides, Small Whorled Pogonia. Native Orchid Conference Journal, 11(4): 6-11.
Yepsen, Metthea, Baldwin, Andrew, Whigham, Dennis, McFarland, Eliza, LaForgia, Marina and Lang, Megan. 2014. Agricultural wetland restorations on the US Atlantic Coastal Plain achieve diverse native wetland communities but differ from natural wetlands. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 197:11-20.