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Curriculum Vitae

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Academic Positions
2007-Present Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Juniata College
2005-2007 Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Associate, Muhlenberg College
1999-2005 Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Tennessee - Knoxville

2007 Ph.D. Stony Brook University, Ecology and Evolution
1999 M.F.S. Yale University, Forest Science
1997 B.A. Brown University, Environmental Studies

Juniata College
General Biology I: Biodiversity & Ecology; General Biology Lab; Evolutionary Biology;
Plant Ecology & Lab; Plant Diversity & Lab; Botany & Lab; Winter Dendrology; Field
Biological Research Methods; Evolution and American Culture; Art, Lit, & the Land

Muhlenberg College
Evolution; Plant-Insect Interactions

University of Tennessee – Knoxville (Teaching Assistant)

Introductory Biology; Evolution; Ecology; Plant Ecology; Invasive Plant Biology Seminar

Awards, Honors, and Grants

2016 Treevitalize Grant
2015 HHMI Summer Research Award
2011 D.C. Goodman Summer Research Award
2010 William J. von Liebig Summer Research Fellowship
2009 William J. von Liebig Summer Research Fellowship
2008 William J. von Liebig Summer Research Fellowship
2003 University of Tennessee Science Alliance Graduate Student Teaching Award
2003 University of Tennessee, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Research Award
2002 University of Tennessee, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Research Award
1999 Connecticut Sea Grant
1998 A.V. Stout Fund
1998 Crown-Zellerbach Graduate Fellowship
1996 Brown University Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award

Peer Reviewed Articles

*Bierman, K. *Ferlauto, M., *Baremore, A., *Miller, N., *Vigne, M., *Richey, A., and Muth, N.
Variation in arthropod communities associated with native and non-native vegetation. In
Muth, N., *Koehle, A, *Cox, T., and Grant, C. Impact of Hemlock Wooly Adelgid on
headwater stream ecosystems. In Prep.

Muth, N.Z. Invited author for special issue (Sustainability, Biodiversity, and Conservation) of
Sustainability. In Prep.

*Toole, D., *Cannon, G., *Brislawn, C., *Graves, J., Lamendella, R., Muth, T.R., and Muth,
N.Z. 2018. Differences in soil fungal assemblages associated with native and nonnative
tree species of varying weediness. Biological Invasions. 20(4): 891-904. (1 citation)

*Harris, P., *Smith, N, *Cannon, G. and Muth, N.Z. 2013. Assessment of plant community
restoration following Tree-of-Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) control byVerticillium albo-
atrum. Biological Invasions. 15(9): 1887–1893. (15 citations)

Mooney, E.H., *Tiedeken, E.J., Muth, N.Z., and Niesenbaum, R.A. 2009. Differential induced
response to generalist and specialist herbivores by Lindera benzoin L (Lauraceae) in
sun and shade. Oikos. 188(8) : 1181-1189. (28 citations)

Muth, N.Z., *Kluger, E.C., *Levy, J., Ingersoll, M.C., Edwards, M.J., and Niesenbaum, R.A.
2008. Increased per capita herbivory in the shade: Necessity, feedback, or luxury
consumption? Ecoscience. 15(2) : 182-188. (57 citations)

* Skoczylas, D., Muth, N.Z., and Niesenbaum, R.A. 2007. Contribution of insectivorous
avifauna to top down control of Lindera benzoin herbivores at forest edge and interior
habitats. Acta Oecologica. 32(3) : 337-342. (23 citations)

Muth N.Z., and Pigliucci M. 2007. Implementation of a novel framework for assessing
species plasticity in biological invasions: responses of Centaurea and Crepis to
phosphorus and water availability. Journal of Ecology. 95(5):1001-1013. (59 citations)

Richards, C.L., Bossdorf, O., Muth, N.Z., Gurevitch, J, and Pigliucci, M. 2006. Jack of all
trades, master of some? On the role of phenotypic plasticity in plant invasions. Ecology
Letters. 9 : 981-993. (768 citations)

Muth, N.Z. and Pigliucci, M. 2006. Traits of invasives reconsidered: phenotypic comparisons
of introduced invasive and introduced non-invasive plant species within two closely
related clades. American Journal of Botany. 93(2) : 188-195. (92 citations)

Weltzin, J.F., Muth, N.Z., Von Holle, B. and Cole, P.G. 2003. Genetic diversity and
invasibility: a test using a model system with a novel experimental design. Oikos. 103:
505–518. (57 citations)

*Muth, N.Z. and Hamburg, S.P. 1998. Addressing purple loosestrife management in Rhode
Island. Northeastern Naturalist. 5(1): 67-74. (4 citations)

*indicates undergraduate student coauthor

Other Publications
Muth, N.Z. 2016. Dr. Strange-Olive, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Live with
(some) Invasive Species. Juniata Voices 16, 154-168.
Grant, C. Keeney, J., and Muth N.Z. 2013. An integrated research and writing experience for
freshman biology students. CUR Quarterly on the Web, Summer 2013.

Muth, N.Z. and *VanWallendael, A. 2011. Cracking the walnut case: revisiting claims of
black walnut toxicity. Forest Leaves. 21(1):4. (This article was reprinted by Tree
Cookies, a Virginia Cooperative Extension publication).

Muth, N.Z. and Pigliucci, M. 2005. Using invasive species biology to teach about evolution.
in Evolutionary Science and Society: Educating a New Generation. Cracraft, J. and R.
Bybee (eds.). Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, Colorado Springs, CO.

Pigliucci, M., Banta, J., Bossu, C., Crouse, P., Dexter, T., Hansknecht, and Muth, N. 2004.
The alleged fallacies of evolutionary theory. Philosophy Now. 46 : 36-39.

Muth, N.Z. 2003. Gene flow might turn wimps into superweeds. Nature. 421: 785-786.

Vazquez, D.P, McMahon, S.M., Muth, N.Z., and Collins, M.D. 2002. Book Review; The
unified neutral theory of biodiversity and biogeography. Journal of Experimental Marine
Biology and Ecology. 269: 249-250.

*Muth, N.Z. 1997. Does it make sense to manage Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife) in
Rhode Island? Addressing gaps in an invasive species control program. B.A. Honors
Thesis, Brown University.

*indicates undergraduate student coauthor

Peer Reviewed Research Posters and Presentations

*Bierman, K. *Ferlauto, M., *Baremore, A., *Miller, N., *Vigne, M., *Richey, A., and Muth, N.
2018. Variation in arthropod communities associated with native and non-native
vegetation. North American Congress for Conservation Biology. Toronto, ON, CA.

*Koehle, A, *Cox, T., Grant, C., and Muth, N. 2018. HWA and headwater stream
biodiversity: no significant association between hemlock decline and fish or
macroinvertebrate diversity. North American Congress for Conservation Biology.
Toronto, ON, CA.

*Ferlauto, M., *Bierman, K., *Baremore, A., Muth, N. 2017. Variation in Arthropod
Communities Associated with Native and Nonnative Vegetation at the Baker-Henry
Peace Chapel and Nature Preserve. Pennsylvania Botany Symposium. State College,
PA. (received student poster award)

*Toole, D., *Cannon, G., *Brislawn, C., Lamendella, R., Muth, T.R., and Muth, N.Z. 2015.
Metagenomic assessment of soil fungal community variation in native and introduced
maples using the high-throughput sequencing of the ITS region. Ecological Society of
America. Baltimore, MD.

*Cannon, G., *Graves, J., Muth, T.R., and Muth, N.Z. 2014. Assessment of soil fungal
community variation in native and introduced maples. North American Congress for
Conservation Biology. Missoula, MT.
*Cupler, Z., *Leibensperger, K., *VanWallendael, A., *Eisenmann, K. and Muth, N.Z. 2010.
Black walnut and juglone toxicity: How strong is the evidence for the paradigmatic
example of allelopathy? Ecological Society of America annual meeting, Pittsburgh, PA.

Niesenbaum, R.A., Mooney, E.H., *Tiedeken, E.J., Muth, N.Z. 2008. Differential induced
response to generalist and specialist herbivores by Lindera benzoin L. (Lauraceae) in
sun and shade. Ecological Society of America annual meeting, Milwaukee, WI.

*Irwin, B., Niesenbaum, R.A., and Muth, N.Z. 2007. Volatile chemistry, rates of parasitism of
herbivores, and rates of herbivory on Lindera benzoin vary with light environment.
Ecological Society of America annual meeting, Memphis, TN.

Muth, N.Z. and Niesenbaum, R.A. 2007. Reduced herbivory of spicebush growing in
proximity to black walnut: a case of associational resistance mediated by an allelopathic
compound. Ecological Society of America annual meeting, Memphis, TN.

Muth, N.Z. and Pigliucci, M. 2005. Empirical study and general models of phenotypic
plasticity in introduced invasive and introduced non-invasive species. Northeast Ecology
and Evolution Conference. State College, PA.

Muth, N.Z. and Pigliucci, M. 2004. Using evolution to combat invasive species. Annual
convention National Association of Biology Teachers. Chicago, IL.

Muth, N.Z. and Pigliucci, M. 2004. The importance of phenotypic plasticity and phylogeny
in understanding introduced invasives. Annual meeting of the Society for the Study of
Evolution. Fort Collins, CO.

Muth, N.Z. and Pigliucci, M. 2002. Effects of phylogeny and introduction on patterns of
invasiveness. Annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution. Urbana-
Champaign, IL.

Muth, N.Z. and Pigliucci, M. 2002. Importance of controlling for phylogeny and introduction
status in invasion studies. Annual meeting of the Southeast Ecology and Population
Genetics Group. Winston-Salem, NC.

Fukami, T., Zimmermann, C. R., Muth, N. Z. and Drake, J. A. 2000. An experimentally-

derived community assembly map. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America.
Snowbird, UT.

*indicates undergraduate student coauthor

Invited Lectures, Workshops, and Webinars

Huntingdon County Conservation District. Mapleton and Mt. Union, PA. June 2018.

Muhlenberg College, Biology Department. Allentown, PA. March 2018.

Franklin & Marshall College, Biology Department. Lancaster, PA. March, 2018.

Unity College, School of Biodiversity Conservation. Unity, ME. March 2018.

Woodland Owners of the Southern Alleghenies Annual Meeting. Osterburg, PA. November

PA Botany Workshop. Introduction to Trees and Shrubs. Canoe Creek State Park, PA. July

Northeastern IPM Center Toolbox Webinar Series. May 2017.

Huntingdon Tree Commission Seminar. Huntingdon, PA. April 2017.

Pennsylvania Forest Landowners Conference. Altoona, PA. March 2017.

Fordham University, Biology Department. Bronx, NY. April 2016.

Juniata College Book End Seminar. Huntingdon, PA. March 2016.

St. Bernadine Monastery Community Garden. Hollidaysburg, PA. March 2016

Western NY PRISM meeting presenter. (online). February 2016.

Juniata College Book End Seminar. Huntingdon, PA. March 2016.

Penn State Forestry Extension Webinar. January 2016.

Chesapeake Watershed Forum. Shepherdstown, WV. September 2015.

Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council Conference. Advances in Invasive Plant Science:

Applying Research to Management and Restoration. Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA.
August 2015.

Susquehanna University, Biology Department. Selinsgrove, PA. February 2015.

Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council Conference. Invasive Plant Conference: Paths to

Restoration Success. Shepherdstown, WV. July 2013.

The Virginia Association of Forest Health Professionals 21st Annual Conference.

Blacksburg, VA. February 2013.

Pennsylvania Rare Plant Forum. Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA. April 2012.

Pennsylvania State University. University Park, PA. February 2012.

Tri-Beta Biological Honors Society Induction. Entriken, PA. 2011.

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and Virginia Department of Forestry. Front

Royal, VA. September 2010.

Kiwanis Club. Huntingdon, PA. 2010.

Science in Motion Primary Educators Workshop. Huntingdon, PA. 2008.

Pennsylvania State University, School of Forest Resources Fall Seminar Series. University
Park, PA. 2007.

Knoxville Technical Society. Knoxville, TN. 2003.

City University of New York, Biology Department. Brooklyn College. 2002.

Pellissippi State Technical Community College. Knoxville, TN 2001.

Other Workshops and Professional Conferences (Participant)

GCAT Summer Workshop. Huntingdon, PA. June 2013.

Northeast Invasive Plant Species Forum. Beltsville, MD. March 21-22, 2012.

Tree-of-Heaven Biological Control Cooperators Meeting. Chambersburg, PA. July 2011.

Schatz Tree Genetics Colloquium: Genetics, Ecology and Management of Walnuts and
Butternut. Mont Alto, PA. July 2011.

Northeast Phenotypic Evolution Extravaganza, New York University, NY. 2008.

Council on Undergraduate Research Institute, Initiating and Sustaining Undergraduate

Research Programs. Davidson College, Davidson, N.C. 2008.

Professional Memberships
Society for Conservation Biology
Botanical Society of America
Ecological Society of America
Society for the Study of Evolution

Juniata Committees
Standing Faculty Committees (elected)
Faculty Development and Benefits Committee (2016-present)
Student Academic Development Committee (2009-2012, Chair 2012)
Executive Committee Representative (2009-2012)

Other Institutional Committees and Service

College Advisory Council (2017-present)
Sparks Farm Steering Committee (2017-present)
Honorary Degree Committee (2017-present)
Student Fellowship Committee, formerly SRFC (2008-present, Chair 2012-2013)
Enrollment Coordinator for Biology Department (2012-present)
Science in Motion Faculty Advisory Committee (2011-present)
Faculty Representative to Board of Trustees (2015-2017)
PEC Colleague Evaluation Letter Writer (2012, 2017)
Budget Team (2012-2014)
Institutional Review Board (2011-2014)
Juniata College Environmental Forum (2011-2012)
Campus Sustainability Team (2009-2011)
Master Plan Committee (2011-2012)
External Service and Consulting
President, Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council (2017-present)
Steering Committee, PA Botany Symposium (2015-present)
Conference Co-organizer, PA Botany Symposium (2016, 2018)
Ferguson Township Parks Committee (2017-present)
Technical Committee of the PA Biological Survey (2017-present)
Education Committee, Pennsylvania Native Plant Society (2017)
Advisor, Huntingdon Tree Commission (2015-present)
Local Host, Conference Co-organizer, Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council (2015, 2017)
Treasurer, Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council (2015-2017)
Board Member at large, Mid-Atlantic Plant Council (2013-2015)
Local Host, Pennsylvania Rare Plant Forum (2012)
Board Member, American Chestnut Foundation, Raystown Restoration Branch (2010-2013)
Class Agent, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (2009-present)
Interviewer, Brown Alumni Schools Committee (2000-present)
Review Panelist, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (2008-2010)
Judge, Landmark Summer Research Symposium (2010)
Panel Member, Ecological Society of America annual meeting. How to get (and keep) a job
at a small liberal arts college (2008 & 2009)
Conservation Science Forum participant, PA Natural Lands Trust (2009)
Judge, Lehigh Valley Ecology and Evolution Symposium (2009)
Scientist Mentor, Planting Science Project (2008-2009)
Judge, Long Island Science & Engineering Fair (2005 & 2006)
Discussion Moderator, Darwin Day, Stony Brook University (2005)
Treasurer, Tennessee Darwin Coalition (2002-2004)
President, Graduate Researchers in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution (2001-2002)
Committee Member, Teacher of the Year Selection Committee, University of Tennessee
National Alumni Association (2001)
Department Representative, Graduate Student Association, University of Tennessee (2001)
Volunteer event assistant: Kids' University (2001)
Volunteer event coordinator: Tennessee Science Olympiad (2001)
Officer, Society for Conservation Biology, Yale University Student Chapter (1998-1999)

Manuscript Reviewer
Acta Oecologia, American Journal of Botany, Annals of Botany, Australian Journal of
Botany, Biological Invasions, Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society, Biology Letters,
Bryology, Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly, Ecology, Ecology Letters,
Functional Ecology, Interface Focus, International Journal of Plant Science, Journal of
Ecology, Journal of Plant Ecology, New Phytologist, Oecologia, Oikos, Plant Ecology,
Proceedings of the Royal Society - Biological Sciences B, Wetlands

Certifications and Trainings

“It’s On Us” Green Dot Training (2017)
Wilderness First Aid (2017)
American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR AED (2012)
Safe Zone (LGBTQ) Training (2011)

updated 5/2018