Michael Hough, MS, Starting Date 6/06; Degree completed 12/08; Thesis Title
POSSIBLE LIMITING AGENTS
TO THE EARLY ESTABLISHMENT AND GROWTH OF UNDERSTORY HERBS IN POST-
AGRICULTURAL FORESTS IN CENTRAL NEW YORK (with T. Horton).
MEMBER, STEERING COMMITTEE
(other than those listed above)
Patricia A. Cole
CHAIRMAN OR READER ON THESIS EXAMS, ETC.
RESEARCH COMPLETED OR UNDERWAY
Departmental Research (unsupported, boot-legged; title - % time spent)
-This year I co-advised (with R. Nyland) one undergraduate UMEB student in his research activities:
Max Wightman, Ground-level vegetation response to mechanical removal of American beech.
-This year I began or expanded three unfunded, experimental trials to restore forest understory vegetation
using volunteer labor.
These trials are located at Heiberg Forest, a municipal forest in the Town of
Skaneateles, and a forest preserve in Geneva that is owned and managed by the Finger Lakes Land Trust.
High school classes (Marcellus and Skaneateles), citizen volunteers and EFB General Biology students
have begun trials to monitor the success of direct seeding of several native forest wildflower species.
Grant-supported Research (source, subject, amount - total award and current year, award period starting
and ending dates; list graduate research assistants supported by each grant)
Research Proposals pending (as in B.1., above)
-NSF-CCLI, “Integrated Knowledge-Based Experiences for First-Year Biology and Chemistry
Laboratories,” $196,330, 6/1/10-5/31/13, with N. Abrams, V. Luzadis, D. Leopold, A. Stipanovic).
-USDA Forest Service – Northeastern States Research Cooperative, “Effects of Understory Beech