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MARK A GENUNG

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Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources


Rutgers University
14 College Farm Road
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(865) 789-4306
mark.a.genung@rutgers.edu
markgenungecology.com

Research Interests
Plant community ecology, intraspecific trait variation, plant-pollinator interactions, statistical
and theoretical ecology, ecological networks

Education

2012


2007

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee, PhD



Advisors: Jennifer Schweitzer and Joseph Bailey
Biology, University of Tennessee, BS

Appointments

2014-pres.


2014

2012-2014


Postdoctoral Associate, Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, Rutgers


University

Advisor: Rachael Winfree
Instructor, General Ecology, Division of Biology, University of Tennessee
Postdoctoral Associate, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee

Advisor: Joseph Bailey

Research

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles


Genung MA, JA Schweitzer, N Omomo, JK Bailey (2014). Phylogenetic diversity, herbivory,
and ecosystem function. PeerJ, e288.
Gorman CE, QD Read, ME Van Nuland, JAM Bryant, JN Welch, JT Altobelli, MJ Douglas, MA
Genung, EN Haag, DN Jones, HE Long, AD Wilburn, JA Schweitzer, JK Bailey (2014).

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Below-ground communities: Phylogenetic similarity aboveground leads to community
similarity belowground through conservatism of functional traits. Annals of Botany
Plants, 5:plt049
Bailey JK, MA Genung, I Ware, CE Gorman, M Van Nuland, H Long, JA Schweitzer (2014)
Indirect genetic effects: An evolutionary mechanism linking feedbacks, genotypic
diversity, and coadaptation along environmental gradients. Functional Ecology, 28:87-95
Burkle LA, L Souza, MA Genung, GM Crutsinger (2013). Plant nutrients, genotype, and GxE
interactions structure floral communities. Ecosphere, 4:art119
Genung MA, JK Bailey, JA Schweitzer (2013) Belowground interactions shift the relative
importance of direct and indirect genetic effects. Ecology and Evolution, 3:1692-1701
Genung MA, JK Bailey, JA Schweitzer (2013) The afterlife of interspecific indirect genetic
effects: Genotype interactions alter litter quality with consequences for decomposition
and nutrient dynamics, PLOS ONE, 8:e53718
Genung MA, JK Bailey, JA Schweitzer (2012) Welcome to the neighborhood: Interspecific
genotype interactions influence above- and belowground biomass and associated
communities, Ecology Letters, 15:65-73.
Bailey JK, MA Genung, J OReilly-Wapstra, BM Potts, J Rowntree, JA Schweitzer, TG Whitham
(2012) New frontiers in community and ecosystem genetics for theory, conservation, and
management. New Phytologist, 193:24-26.
Lessard J-P, WN Reynolds, WA Bunn, MA Genung, and 11 others (2012) Conservation of effect
strength through understory, litter, and soil communities following deer herbivory.
Basic and Applied Ecology, 13:59-66.
Genung MA, GM Crutsinger, JK Bailey, JA Schweitzer, NJ Sanders (2012) Spatial patterns of
aphid abundance depend on plant genotype and genotypic diversity, Oecologia, 168:167-
174.
Genung MA, JA Schweitzer, F Ubeda, BM Fitzpatrick, CC Pregitzer, E Felker-Quinn, JK Bailey
(2011) Genetic variation and community change selection, evolution, and feedbacks,
Functional Ecology, 25:408-419.
Genung MA, JP Lessard, CB Brown, WA Bunn, MA Cregger, WN Reynolds, E Felker-Quinn,
ML Stevenson, AS Hartley, GM Crutsinger, JA Schweitzer, JK Bailey (2010) Non-
additive effects of genotypic diversity affect pollinator visitation, PLOS ONE 5:e8711.

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Book Chapters and Other Publications



Genung MA, JK Senior, J O'Reilly-Wapstra, SK Chapman, A Langley, JA Schweitzer, JK Bailey
(2014) When ranges collide: Evolutionary history, phylogenetic community interactions,
global change factors and range size differentially affect plant productivity. In "Eco-
evolutionary Dynamics" (eds. J Moya-Larao, J Rowntree, G Woodward) Academic Press
Bailey JK, RK Bangert, MA Genung, JA Schweitzer, and GM Wimp (2013) Community Ecology.
In Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability: Ecosystem Management and
Sustainability. Berkshire Publishing Group, Great Barrington, MA, USA
Bailey JK, JA Schweitzer, F Ubeda, M Zinkgraf, BM Fitzpatrick, J OReilly-Wapstra, BJ Rehill, CJ
LeRoy, BM Potts, TG Whitham, MA Genung, DG Fischer, CC Pregitzer, A Keith (2011)
From genes to ecosystems: emerging concepts bridging ecological and evolutionary
dynamics, In The ecology of plant secondary metabolites: from genes to landscapes
(eds. GR Iason, M Dicke, and SE Hartley), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.
Genung MA, JA Schweitzer, JK Bailey (2014) Beyond the blueprint, The Scientist.
http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/40870/title/Beyond-the-Blueprint/

Manuscripts in Preparation
Genung MA, JW Fox, R Winfree. New Price equation derivation reveals dominant species,
rather than richness, determines temporal stability of ecosystem services in real-world
landscapes.
Genung MA, JW Fox, R Winfree. Community simulations with realistic dominance structure
reveal that abundance is more important than richness to ecosystem services.
Genung MA, JA Schweitzer, JK Senior, J OReilly-Wapstra, JK Bailey. Interactions between
endemism and evolutionary history determine plant responses to elevated CO2.
MacLeod M**, MA Genung, R Winfree. Separating rewiring from chance in plant-pollinator
network dynamics: a null model approach.
MacLeod M**, J Reilly, MA Genung, J Gibbs, R Winfree. Rare and ecosystem service-providing
bee species do not prefer the same plant species, despite the predictions of network
analysis.
Mueller L, L Breza, MA Genung, C Giardina, JD Busch, DM Wagner, JK Bailey, JA Schweitzer.

Ecosystem consequences of plant colonization as an evolutionary force.

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Bailey JK and 14 others including MA Genung. Defining the eco-evolutionary dynamic to unify
population, community and ecosystem ecology.

Invited Presentations

2016

Genung MA. International Conference of Entomology, Measuring partner choice in plant-


pollinator networks: Separating rewiring and fidelity from chance with a null model
approach. Insights into the Biology of Wild and Native Bees symposium, upcoming Sep.
2016 (Orlando, FL)

2015

Genung MA. Rutgers University, Scaling up biodiversity-ecosystem services research


from experiments to the landscape, Sep. 2015 (New Brunswick, NJ)

2014

Genung MA. British & French Ecological Societies Joint Meeting, The Price equation and
ecosystem functioning: A novel statistical approach to the delivery of pollination
services in natural systems, Dec. 2014 (Lille, France)

2014

Genung MA. Villanova University, Plant-pollinator interactions from genotypes to


landscapes, Nov. 2014 (Villanova, PA)

2014

Genung MA. University of Pennsylvania, Plant-pollinator interactions from genotypes to


landscapes (Philadelphia, PA)

2014

Genung MA. Rutgers University, The hierarchy of biodiversity and ecosystem function
(New Brunswick, NJ)

2013

Genung MA. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, The hierarchy of biodiversity and ecosystem
function (Oak Ridge, TN)

2011

Genung MA. International Botanical Conference, Ecological and evolutionary


consequences of genotype-based plant-neighbor interactions (Melbourne, Australia)

Selected Contributed Presentations



2015

Genung MA, JW Fox, R Winfree. Using the Price equation to understand ecosystem
service stability in real-world systems. ESA Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD

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2013

Long H*, MA Genung, Bailey JK, Schweitzer JA. Genetic-based legacy effects of above-
and belowground linkages on plant community and fitness. ESA Annual Meeting, Poster

2013

Genung MA, JA Schweitzer, JK Bailey. Evolutionary history interacts with phylogenetic


diversity and dissimilarity to affect productivity and herbivory. Gordon Conference on
Plant-Herbivore Interactions, poster, Galveston, TX

2013

Genung MA, Schweitzer JA, Bailey JK. The company you keep: Phylogenetic
community interactions and global change factors differentially affect plant
productivity. ESA Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN

2010

Genung MA, JA Schweitzer, JK Bailey. Relative importance of genotype and neighbor


genotype for belowground productivity. Plant-Herbivore Gordon Conference, Poster,
Galveston, TX

2009

Genung MA, GM Crutsinger, NJ Sanders, JK Bailey, JA Schweitzer. Species- and


genotype-species neighbor effects on pollinator communities and ecosystem processes.
ESA Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM

2008

Genung MA, GM Crutsinger, JK Bailey, JA Schweitzer. Neighboring effects of


intraspecific genetic variation and genotypic diversity influence patterns of aphid
abundance on Solidago altissima. ESA Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI

2006

Genung MA, MN Habenicht, GM Crutsinger. Consequences of genetic variation for


arthropods on Solidago. Southeastern Conference on Arthropod Biology, Highlands, NC

* Work with mentored undergraduate students


Selected Grants and Awards
University of Tennessee Libraries, Open Access Publishing Grants. Four grants totaling $3,900
from 2010-2013
Faculty of 1000 in Theoretical Ecology, Associate Member (2014-present)
Best publication by a graduate student, University of Tennessee Department of Ecology and
Evolutionary Biology (Genung et al. Ecology Letters, 2012)
Exceptional Progress by Graduate Student Award, University of Tennessee Department of
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (2011)
Relevant Skills
Programming: R (advanced), SAS (intermediate), Git (basic)

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Database Management: SQL (intermediate)
Statistics: JMP, MS Office
Mathematical ecology: Price equation (expert), null models (advanced), numerical ecology
(advanced), network analysis (advanced), simulation models (intermediate)

Teaching

Rutgers University
2014

Instructor: Ecological Networks Seminar. Graduate seminar course.


Responsibility for choosing papers, guiding discussion

University of Tennessee
2014

Instructor: General Ecology. Sole responsibility for all lectures, exams, laboratories
and supervision of 5 TAs for >100 undergraduate students

2013

Co-instructor: Evolutionary Ecology Seminar. Focus on indirect genetic effects, co-


instructor with JK Bailey, responsible for syllabus, discussions and student
evaluation

2012

Instructor: Community Ecology Seminar. Focus on community genetics, responsible


for syllabus, discussions and student evaluation

2010

Co-instructor: Ecosystem Ecology Methods. Field and laboratory course, co-


instructor with Aime Classen, primary responsibility for syllabus, field trips,
teaching laboratory techniques/procedures, and student evaluation

Advising and Mentoring


Molly MacLeod (2014-present)
Rutgers University PhD student, Effect of species abundance distributions on plant-
pollinator networks, three co-authored papers on plant-pollinator networks in
preparation
Michael Roswell (2014-present)
Rutgers University PhD student, Sampling effort and plant-pollinator network surveys
Hannah Long (2012-2013)
U. of Tennessee Undergraduate Honors Thesis, Intraspecific genetic variation and plant-
soil feedbacks using plants from my PhD project, presented poster at ESA in 2013

Service/Outreach

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Professional Service
Referee for NSF, Nature Communications, Ecology Letters, Ecology, Functional Ecology, Biological
Invasions, Oikos, Oecologia, Evolutionary Ecology, Community Ecology

Selected University Service and Outreach


NSF-Funded General Biology Curriculum Reform Committee, U. of Tennessee (2013-2014)

Bi-weekly meetings with faculty and postdocs specializing in science education, led to complete
redesign of a freshman discussion course.

STEM careers for rural East Tennessee school system Science Club (2013)

Along with other graduate students, discussed STEM careers with a science club for girls from
Sunbright Middle School, and organized a data collection activity for the students using an
active research project at UTK (Hannah Longs honors thesis project, see Mentoring section
above).