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Contact Cynthia Huebner
My research focuses on the biology and ecology of invasive plant species in forest systems, especially in
association with anthropogenic and natural disturbances. Research topics include:
- prediction of vulnerability to invasion (from seed bank, to establishment, to spread),
- competitive ability of common invaders (such as Ailanthus altissima and Microstegium vimineum) in comparison with associated native species and under various environmental conditions,
- basic biology and reproductive ecology of common invaders, especially in terms of how these characteristics may explain their invasiveness or pinpoint particular weaknesses,
- evaluation of detection methods for sampling so that establishing invaders (or rare species) are documented early and effectively, and
- restoration of invaded forest sites.
My research will continue to focus on the biology and ecology of invasive plant species in forest systems, especially in association with anthropogenic and natural disturbances.
Why This Research is Important
Successful management of our forests is dependent on being able to predict the effects of invasive plant species on the maintenance of healthy forest systems as well as the effects of different management and disturbance regimes as potential deterrents or promoters of invasion.
- Miami University, Oxford, OH, Ph.D. Botany
- Indiana University, Bloomington, IN., M.S. Environmental Science
- Indiana University, Bloomington, IN., M.A. Plant Ecology
- University of California, B.S. Biology
- Ecological Society of America (1988 - Present)
- Phi Beta Kappa (1988 - Present)
- American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (1996 - Present)
- Botanical Society of America (1997 - Present)
- Center for Plant Conservation (1997 - Present)
- International Association of Vegetation Scientists (1999 - Present)
- Southern Appalachian Botanical Society (2000 - Present)
- Mid-Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Council (2002 - Present)
- West Virginia Invasive Species Working Group (2002 - Present)
- American Institute of Biological Sciences (2003 - Present)
Featured Publications & Products
- Huebner, Cynthia D. 2011. Establishment and spread of Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stiltgrass) in closed-canopy forests.
- Huebner, Cynthia D. 2010. Spread of an invasive grass in closed-canopy deciduous forests across local and regional environmental gradients.
- Huebner, Cynthia D.; Gottschalk, Kurt W.; Miller, Gary W.; Brose, Patrick H. 2010. Restoration of three forest herbs in the Liliaceae family by manipulating deer herbivory and overstorey and understorey vegetation.
- Gavier-Pizarro, Gregorio I.; Radeloff, Volker C.; Stewart, Susan I.; Huebner, Cynthia D.; Keuler, Nicholas S. 2010. Housing is positively associated with invasive exotic plant species richness in New England, USA.
- Aldrich, Preston R.; Briguglio, Joseph S.; Kapadia, Shyam N.; Morker, Minesh U.; Rawal, Ankit; Kalra, Preeti; Huebner, Cynthia D.; Greer, Gary K. 2010. Genetic structure of the invasive tree Ailanthus altissima in eastern United States cities.
- Poland, Therese M.; Juzwik, Jennifer ; Rowley, Allen ; Huebner, Cynthia D.; Kilgo, John C.; Lopez, Vanessa M.; Olson, Deanna H.; Pearson, Dean E.; Progar, Robert ; Rabaglia, Robert ; Rothlisberger, John D.; Runyon, Justin ; Sing, Sharlene E. 2021. Management of Landscapes for Established Invasive Species.
- Huebner, Cynthia D. 2021. Patterns of invasive plant abundance in disturbed versus undisturbed forests within three land types over 16 years.
- Kim, Jaewon ; Huebner, Cynthia D.; Park, Yong-Lak . 2021. Plant Species Composition and Interactions within Communities Invaded by Persicaria perfoliata (Polygonaceae).
- Thomas-Van Gundy, Melissa A.; Perkins, Jessica D.; Krause, Crystal ; Huebner, Cynthia D.; Ferrari, Lorenzo ; Smith, Linda S. 2021. Primeval Paths: Bison in West Virginia.
- Koch, Jennifer ; Pearson, Dean E.; Huebner, Cynthia D.; Young, Michael K.; Sniezko, Richard A. 2021. Restoration of Landscapes and Habitats Affected by Established Invasive Species.
- Marsh, Anne S.; Hayes, Deborah C.; Klein, Patrice N.; Zimmerman, Nicole ; Dalsimer, Aliso ; Burkett, Douglas A.; Huebner, Cynthia D.; Rabaglia, Robert ; Meyerson, Laura A.; Harper-Lore, Bonnie L.; Davidson, Jamie L.; Emery, Marla R.; Warziniack, Travis ; Flitcroft, Rebecca ; Kerns, Becky K.; Lopez, Vanessa M. 2021. Sectoral Impacts of Invasive Species in the United States and Approaches to Management.
- Kim, Jaewon ; Huebner, Cynthia ; Reardon, Richard ; Park, Yong-Lak . 2021. Spatially Targeted Biological Control of Mile-a-Minute Weed Using Rhinoncomimus latipes (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) and an Unmanned Aircraft System.
- Redwood, Mame E.; Matlack, Glenn R.; Huebner, Cynthia D. 2019. Seed longevity and dormancy state in an invasive tree species: Ailanthus altissima (Simaroubaceae).
- Huebner, Cynthia D.; Regula, Adam E.; McGill, David W. 2018. Germination, survival, and early growth of three invasive plants in response to five forest management regimes common to US northeastern deciduous forests.
- Nilsen, Erik; Huebner, Cynthia; Carr, David; Bao, Zhe. 2018. Interaction between Ailanthus altissima and Native Robinia pseudoacacia in Early Succession: Implications for Forest Management.
- Redwood, Mame E.; Matlack, Glenn R.; Huebner, Cynthia D. 2018. Seed Longevity and Dormancy State Suggest Management Strategies for Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) and Japanese Stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum) in Deciduous Forest Sites.
- Huebner, Cynthia D.; McGill, David W. 2018. The importance of disturbance versus physiography in defining vegetation composition and predicting possible successional trajectories.
- Culley, Theresa M.; Huebner, Cynthia D.; Novy, Ari. 2016. Regional and local genetic variation in Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum).
- Redwood, Mame E.; Matlack, Glenn R.; Huebner, Cynthia D. 2016. Seed longevity and dormancy state in a disturbance-dependent forest herb, Ageratina altissima.
- Regula, Adam E.; McGill, David W.; Huebner, Cynthia D. 2015. Effects of different management regimes on survival of northern red oak underplantings in the Ridge and Valley Province.
- Huebner, Cynthia D.; Karriker, Kent. 2015. Response of smooth rock skullcap (Scutellaria saxatilis), a globally rare plant, to fire.
- Huebner, Cynthia D.; Steinman, Jim; Hutchinson, Todd F.; Ristau, Todd E.; Royo, Alejandro A. 2014. The distribution of a non-native (Rosa multiflora) and native (Kalmia latifolia) shrub in mature closed-canopy forests across soil fertility gradients.
- Huebner, Cynthia D.; Hutchinson, Todd; Ristau, Todd; Royo, Alejandro; Steinman, James. 2012. Documenting the Regional and local distribution of Kalmia latifolia and Rosa multiflora in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania Forests along a soil fertility gradient.
- Gavier-Pizarro, Gregorio I.; Kuemmerle, Tobias; Hoyos, Laura E.; Stewart, Susan I.; Huebner, Cynthia D.; Keuler, Nicholas S.; Radeloff, Volker C. 2012. Monitoring the invasion of an exotic tree (Ligustrum lucidum) from 1983 to 2006 with Landsat TM/ETM+ satellite data and support vector machines in Cordoba, Argentina.
- Gavier-Pizarro, Gregorio I; Kuemmerle, Tobias ; Hoyos, Laura E.; Stewart, Susan I; Huebner, Cynthia D.; Keuler, Nicholas S.; Radeloff, Volker C. 2012. Monitoring the invasion of an exotic tree (Ligustrum lucidum) from 1983 to 2006 with Landsat TM/ETM+ satellite data and Support Vector Machines in C rdoba, Argentina.
- Huebner, Cynthia D.; Nowak, David J.; Pouyat, Richard V.; Bodine, Allison R. 2012. Nonnative invasive plants: Maintaining biotic and soceioeconomic integrity along the urban-rural-natural gradient.
- Huebner, Cynthia D. 2011. Seed mass, viability, and germination of Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum) under variable light and moisture conditions.
- Huebner, Cynthia D. 2010. Establishment of an invasive grass in closed-canopy deciduous forests across local and regional environmental gradients.
- Sieg, Carolyn Hull; Densow, Julie S.; Huebner, Cynthia D.; Miller, James H. 2010. The role of the Forest Service in nonnative invasive plant research.
- Gavier, Gregorio; Stewart, Susan; Huebner, Cynthia D.; Radeloff, Volker C. 2009. Is housing a factor of invasive plants distribution at coarse and fine scales.
- Huebner, Cynthia D.; Morin, Randall S.; Zurbriggen, Ann; White, Robert L. 2009. Patterns of exotic plant invasions in Pennsylvania's Allegheny National Forest using intensive Forest Inventory and Analysis plots.
- Aldrich, Preston R.; Brusa, Anthony; Heinz, Cheryl A.; Greer, Gary K.; Huebner, Cynthia. 2008. Floral visitation of the invasive stinking ash in western suburban Chicago.
- Huebner, Cynthia D. 2007. Detection and monitoring of invasive exotic plants: a comparison of four sampling methods.
- Huebner, Cynthia D.; McQuattie, Carolyn; Rebbeck, Joanne. 2007. Mycorrhizal associations in Ailanthus altissima (Simaroubaceae) from forested and non-forested sites.
- Huebner, Cynthia C.; Stephenson, Steven L.; Adams, Harold S.; Miller, Gary W. 2007. Short-term dynamics of second-growth mixed mesophytic forest strata in West Virginia.
- Huebner, Cynthia D. 2007. Strategic management of five deciduous forest invaders using Microstegium vimineum as a model species.
- Stephenson, Steven L.; Adams, Harold S.; Huebner, Cynthia D. 2007. Upland forest vegetation of the Ozark Mountains in Northwestern Arkansas.
- Huebner, Cynthia D. 2006. Fire and invasive exotic plant species in eastern oak communities: an assessment of current knowledge.
- Huebner, Cynthia D.; Tobin, Patrick C. 2006. Invasibility of mature and 15-year-old deciduous forests by exotic plants.
- Huebner, Cynthia D. 2006. Testing basic ecological, evolutionary, and biogeographical principles using invasive species.
- Huebner, Cynthia D.; Huebner, Cynthia D. 2005. Competitive Ability of Ailanthus altissima and an Overview of Other RWU- 4557 Invasive Plant Studies.
- Huebner, Cynthia D.; Olson, Cassandra; Smith, Heather C.; Smith, Heather C. 2005. Invasive Plants Field and Reference Guide: An Ecological Perspective of Plant Invaders of Forests and Woodlands.
- Marsh, Michael A.; Fajvan, Mary Ann; Huebner, Cynthia D.; Schuler, Thomas M.; Schuler, Thomas M. 2005. The Effects of Timber Harvesting and Prescribed Fire on Invasive Plant Dynamics in the Central Appalachians.
- Huebner, Cynthia D.; Vankat, John L. 2003. The importance of environment vs. disturbance in the vegetation mosaic of central Arizona.
- Huebner, Cynthia D. 2003. Vulnerability of oak-dominated forests in West Virginia to invasive exotic plants: temporal and spatial patterns of nine exotic species using herbarium records and land classification data.
- Chen, Jiquan; Huebner, Cynthia D.; Saunders, Sari C.; Song, Bo. 2002. Plant distribution and diversity across an Ozark landscape.
- Huebner, Cynthia D.; Randolph, J.C.; Parker, G.R. 1995. Environmental factors affecting understory diversity in second-growth deciduous forests.
|A Globally Rare Plant's Response to Fire|
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|Forests Characterized More by Regionally Defined Understory Species are Less Vulnerable to Invasion|
Current forest understory composition may help predict future invasion by exotic plants. Sites with species that can be found across regions and ...
|Soil seed banks predict future forest composition|
Soil seed banks help define both forest health and the likelihood of invasion. In a comparison of soil seed banks at four sites in West Virginia ...
|Spatially Targeted Drone Carries Biocontrol Weevil to Hard-to-Reach Patches of Mile-a-Minute Weed|
Inadvertently introduced in the northeastern United States in the 1930s, mile-a-minute weed is a highly aggressive invasive plant that is replac ...
|Spread of Nonnative Invasive Plant Species in Mature and Disturbed Forests Across Landtypes|
Native species could help slow the spread of invasive plants in disturbed forests.
|Staghorn Sumac Out-competes Ailanthus Under Different Light and Density Conditions|
In a greenhouse and common garden study led by a Forest Service scientist, staghorn sumac out-competed ailanthus (tree-of-heaven). Thus, at leas ...