Lizzie Wolkovich

Elizabeth M. Wolkovich

Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Phone: 617-496-3890
Weld Hill Research Center
Arnold Arboretum
1300 Centre Street
Boston, MA 02131

I am interested in how communities assemble and dis-assemble with global change. I draw strongly on theory from temporal community ecology with perspectives from population and ecosystem ecology, evolutionary biology, and climatology. My approach is to rigorously test underlying mechanisms through multiple methods, including a variety of statistical and modeling techniques combined with field experiments, gradient studies and synthesis of short and long-term data.

Recent Publications

Wolkovich, E. M., Davies, T. J., Schaefer, H., Cleland, E. E., Cook, B.
I., Travers, S. E. , Willis, C. G. & C. C. Davis. 2013.
Temperature-dependent shifts in phenology contribute to the success of
exotic species with climate change. American Journal of Botany 100(7):

Pau, S., Wolkovich, E. M., Cook, B. I., Nytch, C., Regetz, J.,
Zimmerman, J. K. & S. J. Wright. 2013. Clouds and temperature drive
dynamic changes in tropical flower production. Nature Climate Change 3:

Wolkovich, E.M. & 18 co-authors. 2012. Warming experiments underpredict
plant phenological responses to climate change. Nature 485 (7399): 494-497.

Cook, B.I., Wolkovich, E.M. & C. Parmesan. 2012 Divergent responses to
spring and winter warming drive community level flowering trends.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109(3): 9000-9005.

Cleland, E. E., J. M. Allen, T. M. Crimmins, J. A. Dunne, S. Pau, S. E.
Travers, E. S. Zavaleta & E. M. Wolkovich. 2012 Phenological tracking
enables positive species responses to climate change. Ecology 93(8):

Wolkovich, E.M. & E.E. Cleland. 2011. The phenology of plant invasions:
A community ecology perspective. Frontiers in Ecology & the Environment
9(5): 287-294.

Wolkovich E.M., Lipson, D.A., Virginia, R.A., Bolger, D.T., & K.L.
Cottingham. 2010. Grass invasion causes rapid increases in ecosystem
carbon and nitrogen storage in a semi-arid shrubland. Global Change
16(4): 1352-1365

Wolkovich E.M. 2010. Non-native plant litter enhances grazing arthropod
assemblages by increasing native shrub growth. Ecology 91(3): 756-766.