Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Preparation:

  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Post-Doctoral Fellow (2003-2004) – Evolutionary ecology. Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University, USA; Major Advisor: Dr. David Ackerly
  • M.Sc. in Botany (1998) – Plant ecology. The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada; Major Advisor: Dr. Bruce A. Bohm
  • Post-Undergraduate Practical Training – Plant ecophysiology (1994-1995) Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, USA; Major Advisor: Dr. Fakhri A. Bazzaz
  • B.A. in Human Ecology (1994) – Emphasis, Botany. College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME, USA; Major Advisor: Dr. Craig W. Greene

Awards and Recognitions:

  • South and Central Asia Regional Travel Grant, The United States-India Educational Foundation (02/19-03/04, 2017)
  • Fulbright US Scholar Program Grant (09/2016-06/2017)
  • Honorable Mention, Merritt Lyndon Fernald Award, New England Botanical Club, Best Paper Published in Rhodora 2009 (111: 417-448)
  • Best Overall Botany-Related Oral Presentation, Northeast Natural History Conference X, Albany, NY; 2008
  • NSERC Doctoral Prize 2004 Nominee, Dept. of Botany, University of British Columbia
  • New Phytologist Trust Travel Grant, Plant Speciation Conference; 2003
  • NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Canada; 2003-2005
  • Faculty of Science Graduate Teaching Award Nominee, Dept. Botany, University of British Columbia; 2001-2002
  • University Graduate Fellowships, University of British Columbia; 2001-2002, 1998-2000, 1995-1997
  • Garden Club of Mount Desert Memorial and Tribute Fund Scholarship; 1993
  • International Student Scholarship, College of the Atlantic; 1990-1994

Professional Experience:

  • Associate Professor of Plant Biology, Biological Sciences Department, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA (September 2017-)
  • Fulbright US Research Scholar, National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy, Sri Lanka (September 2016-May 2017)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Rhodora, New England Botanical Club, MA, USA (September 2014-)
  • Professor of Botany, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME, USA (September 2010-June 2016)
  • Director, College of the Atlantic Herbarium, Bar Harbor, ME, USA (January 2011-June 2016)
  • Adjunct Associate Professor in Plant Biology, Department of Biological Sciences, San José State University, San Jose, CA, USA (August 2010-Fall 2017)
  • Assistant Professor in Plant Biology, Department of Biological Sciences, San José State University, San Jose, CA, USA (August 2008-August 2010)
  • Director of the Carl W. Sharsmith Herbarium, Department of Biological Sciences, San José State University, San José, CA, USA (Fall 2008-September 2015)
  • Professor of Botany, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME, USA (September 2004-June 2008)

Visiting Research/Teaching Appointments:

Visiting Scientist, Department of Botany, Aligarh Muslim University, India (02/19/16-03/04/16)

Visiting Scientist, Laboratories of Dr. M. C. M. Iqbal & Dr. M. Vithanage, National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy, Sri Lanka (09/16-06/17)

Guest Lecturer and Visiting Scientist, Department of Botany, Institute of Natural Sciences, Ural Federal University, Lenin av. 51, 620000, Yekaterinburg, Russia (October 16-25 2014)

Extraordinary Associate Professor, School of Environmental Sciences and Development, North-West University, Potchesftroom Campus, South Africa (2014-2017)

Visiting Scientist, Laboratory of Dr. M. C. M. Iqbal, Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy, Sri Lanka (01/14-03/14)

Visiting Scientist, Materials Research Department, iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences, National Research Foundation, South Africa (Feb 15-23 2012)

Visiting Scientist, School of Environmental Sciences and Development, North-West University, Potchesftroom Campus, South Africa (January 21-February 15 2012)

Adjunct Faculty member in Botany, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME, USA (September 2008-August 2010)

Visiting Scientist, Laboratory of Dr. M. C. M. Iqbal, Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy, Sri Lanka (09/05-08/08)

Research-Teaching Grants:

  • Bureau of Land Management, United States Department of the Interior (2017)“San Joaquin Woolly Threads, Seed Longevity and Climate Tolerance Study.” Principal Investigator: N. Rajakaruna. $30,000
  • National Geographic Society, Research and Exploration Grant (2017) “Plant-manganese nutritional dynamics along a climatic gradient of disjunct serpentine ecosystems.” Principal Investigator: Denise R. Fernando; Project Investigator: N. Rajakaruna. $5500
  • National Geographic Society, Research and Exploration Grant (2015) “Examining the role of substrate chemistry and climate on the diversity of lichen species in South Africa.” Principal Investigator: N. Rajakaruna; Project Investigators: A. M. Fryday, S. J. Siebert, I. D. Medeiros, R. B. Boneschans, and N. Pope. $17,850
  • Maine Sea Grant Program Development Fund (2014) “Investigating Metal Accumulation by Seaweeds at the Callahan Mine Superfund Site, Brooksville, Hancock Co., Maine, USA”.  Principal Investigators: I. D. Medeiros and N. Rajakaruna. $2050
  • The Department of the Interior, National Park Service (2014) “Train students in herbarium management and catalog herbarium specimens for public education and research.” Principal Investigator: N. Rajakaruna. $24,400
  • Davis Educational Foundation (2013) “Transforming Ecology Education through Interdisciplinary Landscape Level Research” Principal Investigators J. Anderson, D. Cass, N. Rajakaruna, and S. Hall. $146,032
  • National Science Foundation (2012) “The Macrofungi Collection Consortium: Unlocking a Biodiversity Resource for understanding Biotic Interactions, Nutrient Cycling, and Human Affairs” Principal Investigator for College of the Atlantic: N. Rajakaruna. $12, 477
  • The Department of the Interior, National Park Service (2010) “Catalog Herbarium Specimens at College of the Atlantic to Provide Access for Research and Education.” Principal Investigator: N. Rajakaruna. $16,100
  • National Science Foundation (2010) “Collaborative Research: Harnessing the power of herbaria to understand the changing flora of California: A biodiversity hotspot in peril. “Principal Investigator for San José State University: N. Rajakaruna. $55,490
  • California Environmental Protection Agency (2009) “Race, ethnicity, and exposure to heavy metals by urban gardeners.” Principal Investigator: O’Malley, R.; Research Assistant: J. Gorospe; Technical Advisors: N. Rajakaruna and M. McGowan. $19,343
  • Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust, California Academy of Sciences (2009) “California endemics in an urban garden: developing an internship program in using California native plants in horticulture.” Principal Investigators: Lambrecht, S., Rajakaruna, N. and J. Cross. $19,900
  • Maine Space Grant Consortium Seed Research Grant (2009) “Effect of a catastrophic storm surge on the guano-tolerant plant community of Mt. Desert Rock” Principal Investigators: Anderson, J. and N. Rajakaruna. $5000
  • National Science Foundation (2009) “Is postfire recruitment of chaparral shrubs constrained by local adaptation to soils (serpentine vs sandstone) or microclimates (north vs south slopes)?” Principal Investigator: Rajakaruna, N. $30,000
  • US Forest Service, Region 5 (2009) “Conservation Biology and Fire Ecology of Rare Serpentine Plants of Plumas National Forest, California.”  Principle Investigators: Rajakaruna, N. and S. P. Harrison (University of California, Davis). $404, 800
  • Junior Faculty Career Development Grant, San José State University (2009) “Evolutionary ecology of Lasthenia californica (Asteraceae).” $1500
  • California State University Research Fund Grant (2008) “Impacts of multiple nutrient element enrichment on native and alien plant species in California’s serpentine grasslands: Implications for better management of a threatened habitat.” $7500
  • Maine Space Grant Consortium Research Fellowship (2006) “Geobotany of Maine: exploring plant-soil relations on extreme geoedaphic habitats.” $5000
  • Maine Space Grant Consortium Research Fellowship (2006) Grant to conduct a 2-day workshop on plants that grow on heavy metal-rich soils. $2500
  • Maine Space Grant Consortium Research Fellowship (2006) “Screening for Metal Tolerance in Lichens and Higher Plants from Mine Spoil.” $5000
  • National Park Service: LL Bean Acadia Research Fellowship (2006) “Conservation Biology of Rare Plants of Acadia National Park: A proposal to conduct ecological and physiological studies to better inform rare plant monitoring and management protocols.” $5000
  • National Park Service (2006) “Assessment of natural resources and watershed conditions in and adjacent to Acadia National Park.”  Principal Investigators: P. Vaux (U of Maine), S. Nelson (U of Maine), N. Rajakaruna (College of the Atlantic), J. Peckenhem (U of Maine), K. Bell (U of Maine), G. Mittlehauser (Humboldt Field Research Institute), B. Kopp (USGS). $49, 987
  • Maine Space Grant Consortium EPSCoR Collaborate Seed Grant Program (2005) “Extremophile Botany: Evolutionary and applied ecology of plants on heavy metal-rich, extreme soils of Hancock County, Maine.” $17,000
  • Maine Sea Grant Program Development Fund (2005) “Metalliferous Plants of the Callahan Mine: Plant Diversity, Heavy Metal Tolerance, and Potential for Phytoremediation.” $5600
  • Maine Space Grant Consortium Research Fellowship (2005) “Physiology, Evolution and Applied Ecology of Plants on Metal-Rich Soils.” $2500
  • Maine Space Grant Consortium Research Fellowship (2005) “Geobotanical Explorations on Metal-Rich Extreme Soils.” $2500
  • National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Canada Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (2003-2004) “Community assembly on serpentine chaparral in California.” $70,000

Additional Teaching Experience:

Instructor: Summer Courses for K-12 Teachers, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine. Course: Field Botany (July 01-05, 2013)

Instructor: Summer Courses for K-12 Teachers, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor,Maine. Course: Field Botany (July 13-26, 2008)

Instructor: Summer Courses for K-12 Teachers, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor,Maine. Course: Woody Plants of Mount Desert Island. (July 9-22, 2006)

Instructor: From Cell to System, a Collaborative Science Learning Initiative for 6-12Teachers, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine. Workshop title: Plants on metal-rich soils. (August 23-25, 2005)

Instructor: Downeast Senior College, University College at Ellsworth. Course: BotanicalHikes, Trees in the Four Seasons. A field botany course aimed at teaching trees and shrubs of Maine to senior citizens. (2004-2005, twice a month)

Teaching Assistant: Departments of Botany & Soil Science, University of BritishColumbia, Canada. Courses: Seed Plant Taxonomy, Introduction to Vascular Plants, Plants and People, Introduction to Soil Science. Supervisors: Shona Ellis (Botany), Maja Krzic (Soil Science) 1996-2002; 15 hrs. per week

Teaching Assistant in Geobotany: Siskiyou Field Institute, Cave Junction, Oregon, USA.Supervisors: A. R. Kruckeberg (Univ. of Washington), R. G. Coleman (Stanford University). 06/99; 1 week, full-time

Relevant Work Experience:

Botanical Consultant: Pottinger & Gaherty Environmental Consultants Ltd., Vancouver,Canada. Risk assessment study of copper mine tailings. 02/00-04/00; part-time

Biodiversity Consultant: Sinharaja Village Trust, Sinharaja Rainforest, Sri Lanka.Conservation and ecodevelopment. Supervisor: Dr. Larry Simon, Brandeis University and Ms. Neela de Zoysa, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 12/98-04/99; full-time

Research Assistant in Plant Eco-Physiology: Department of Organismic andEvolutionary Biology, Harvard University, MA, USA. Supervisor: Dr. Fakhri A. Bazzaz, Harvard University. 94-95; full-time

Botanist: Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME, USA. Updated field information on rareand endangered plants of Mount Desert Island. Supervisors: Dr. Craig Greene, College of the Atlantic and Ms. Linda Gregory, Acadia National Park. 06-08/93; full-time

Assistant Field Coordinator: Sinharaja Rainforest, Sri Lanka. Established a 25-hectareforest dynamics plot for the Center for Tropical Forest Science, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI). Supervisors: Dr. Peter Ashton, Harvard University and Drs. Nimal and Savitri Gunatilleke, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. 08/93-01/94; full-time

Coordinator: A Field Guide to the Common Trees and Shrubs of Sri Lanka. Coordinated research and illustrations for the field guide published by Wild Life Heritage Trust, Sri Lanka. Supervisors: Ms. Neela de Zoysa, Harvard University/University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Dr. Mark Ashton, Yale University. 1991-1992; part-time

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Seneviratne, M. N. Rajakaruna, M. Rizwan, S. Madawala, Y. S. Ok, and M. Vithanage. The effects of heavy metal-induced oxidative stress on seed germination and seedling development: A critical review. Environmental Geochemistry and Health; doi:10.1007/s10653-017-0005-8

Galey, M. L., A. van der Ent, M. C.M. Iqbal, and N. Rajakaruna. 2017. Serpentine geoecology of South and Southeast Asia. Botanical Studies 58: 18; DOI 10.1186/s40529-017-0167-9

Medeiros, I. D., Mathieson, A. C., and N. Rajakaruna. 2017. Heavy Metals in Seaweeds from a Polluted Estuary in Coastal Maine. Rhodora (in press)

Urban, A. J., Mittelhauser, G. H., Dickinson, M., and N. Rajakaruna. 2017. The Alpine Vascular Plants of Baxter State Park, Maine, USA. Rhodora 119: 110-131.

Seneviratne, M., S. Gunaratne, T. Bandara, L. Weerasundara, N. Rajakaruna, H.M.S.P. Madawala, G. Seneviratne, and M. Vithanage. 2016. Plant growth promotion by Bradyrhizobium japonicum under heavy metal stress. South African Journal of Botany 105: 19-24

Stern, M., Medeiros, I. D., Negoita, L., and N. Rajakaruna. 2016. Limestone flora of the Simonton Corner Quarry Preserve, Rockport, Maine, USA. Rhodora 118: 206-226

Negoita, L., Dickinson, M., Mittelhauser, G. H. and Rajakaruna, N. 2016. A Comparative Study of the Flora and Soils of Great Duck and Little Duck Islands, Maine, USA. Rhodora 118: 46-85

Bandara, T., I. Herath, P. Kumarathilaka, M. Seneviratne, G. Seneviratne, N. Rajakaruna, and M.Vithanage. 2015. Role of woody biochar and fungal-bacterial co-inoculation on soil enzyme activity and heavy metal immobilization in serpentine soil. Journal of Soils and Sediments; DOI 10.1007/s11368-015-1243-y

Van der Ent, A., N. Rajakaruna, R. S. Boyd, G. Echevarria, R. Repin, and D. Williams. 2015. Global research on ultramafic (serpentine) ecosystems (8th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology in Sabah, Malaysia). Australian Journal of Botany 63: iii-iv

Burgess, J.L., Szlavecz, K., Rajakaruna, N., and Swan, C.M. 2015. Ecotypic Differentiation of mid-Atlantic Quercus species in response to Ultramafic Soils. Australian Journal of Botany 63: 308-323

Gall, J. E., Boyd R. S., and N. Rajakaruna. 2015. Transfer of heavy metals through terrestrial food webs: A review. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 187: 201; DOI10.1007/s10661-015-4436-3

Van der Ent, A., N. Rajakaruna, R. S. Boyd, G. Echevarria, R. Repin, and D. Williams. 2015. Global Research on the Ecology of Ultramafic (Serpentine) Ecosystems (8th International Conference in Serpentine Ecology, Sabah, Malaysia): a summary and synthesis. Australian Journal of Botany 63: 1-16

Seneviratne, M., Seneviratne,G., Madawala, H.M.S.P. Iqbal, M.C.M., Rajakaruna, N. and Vithanage, M. 2015. Role of bacterial-fungal interactions on heavy metal phytotoxicity in serpentine soil. Australian Journal of Botany 63: 261-268

Medeiros, I. D., Rajakaruna, N. and Alexander, E. B. 2015. Gabbro Soil-Plant Relations in the California Floristic Province. Madrono 62: 75-87

Venter, A., A. Levanets, S. Siebert, and N. Rajakaruna. 2015. A preliminary survey of the diversity of soil algae and cyanoprokaryotes on mafic and ultramafic substrates in South Africa. Australian Journal of Botany 63: 341-352

Chathuranga, P. K. D., S. K. A. T. Dharmasena, N. Rajakaruna, and M. C. M. Iqbal. 2015. Growth and nickel uptake by serpentine and non-serpentine populations of Fimbristylis ovata (Cyperaceae) from Sri Lanka. Australian Journal of Botany 63: 128-133

Ghasemi, R., Z. Zare Chavoshi, R. S. Boyd, and N. Rajakaruna. 2015. Calcium:magnesium ratio affects environmental stress sensitivity in the serpentine endemic Alyssum inflatum Nyár. (Brassicaceae). Australian Journal of Botany 63: 39-46

Burgess, J.L., Szlavecz, K., Rajakaruna, N., Lev, S. and Swan, C.M. 2015. Vegetation Dynamics and Mesophication in Response to Conifer Encroachment within an Ultramafic System.  Australian Journal of Botany 63: 292-307

Herath, I., P. Kumarathilaka, A. Navaratne, N. Rajakaruna, and M. Vithanage. 2015. Immobilization and phytotoxicity reduction of heavy metals in serpentine soil using biochar. Journal of Soils and Sediments 15: 126-138, DOI 10.1007/s11368-014-0967-4

Medeiros, I. D., Fryday, A. M., and N. Rajakaruna. 2014. Additional lichen records and mineralogical data from metal-contaminated sites in Maine.  Rhodora  116: 323-347.

Mansfield, M., Pope, N., Mittlehauser, G., and N. Rajakaruna. 2014. Diversity and Soil-Tissue Elemental Relations of Vascular Plants of Callahan Mine, Brooksville, Maine, USA. Rhodora 116: 283-322.

Ghasemi, R., Chavoshi, Z. Z.,  Boyd, R. S., and N. Rajakaruna. 2014. A preliminary study of the role of nickel in enhancing flowering of the nickel hyperaccumulating plant Alyssum inflatum Nyár. (Brassicaceae). South African Journal of Botany 92: 47-52.

Vithanage, M., Rajapaksha, A. U, Oze, C., Rajakaruna, N. and C.B. Dissanayake. 2014. Metal release from serpentine soils in Sri Lanka. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, DOI: 10.1007/s10661-014-3626-8

Barton, J., Ciccotelli, B., Gall, J. E., Olday, F. C.,  Connery, B.,  T. B. Harris, A. M. Fryday, and N. Rajakaruna. 2014. Lichens of six vernal pools in Acadia National Park, ME, USA. Evansia 31: 31-39.

Pope, N., Fong, M., Boyd, R., and N. Rajakaruna. 2013. The role of elevation and soil chemistry in the distribution and ion accumulation of floral morphs of Streptanthus polygaloides Gray (Brassicaceae), a Californian nickel hyperaccumulator. Plant Ecology and Diversity 7: 421-432, DOI: 10.1080/17550874.2013.783141

Yost, J. M., Barry, T., Kay, K.M. and N. Rajakaruna. 2012. Edaphic adaptation maintains the coexistence of two cryptic species on serpentine soil.  American Journal of Botany 99 (5): 890-897.

Bieger, A., N. Rajakaruna, and S. P. Harrison. 2012. Little evidence for local adaptation to soils or microclimate in the postfire recruitment of three Californian shrubs.  Plant Ecology and Diversity 7: 411-420, DOI:10.1080/17550874.2012.701670

T. B. Harris, N. Rajakaruna, S. J. Nelson, and P. D. Vaux.  2012. Stressors and Threats to the Flora of Acadia National Park, Maine: Current Knowledge, Information Gaps, and Future Directions. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 139: 323-344.

Rajakaruna, N., Knudsen, K., Fryday, A.,O’Dell, Pope, N., R. E.,Olday, F. C., and S. Woolhouse. 2012. Investigation of the importance of rock chemistry for saxicolous lichen communities of the New Idria serpentinite mass, San Benito County, California, USA. The Lichenologist 44: 695-714, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0024282912000205

Davoodian, N., J. Bosworth, and N. Rajakaruna. 2012. Mycorrhizal colonization of Hypericum perforatum L. (Hypericaceae) on adjacent serpentine and granite outcrops on the Deer Isles, Maine, USA. Northeastern Naturalist 19: 517-526.

Anacker, B. L., N. Rajakaruna, D. D. Ackerly, S. P. Harrison, J. E. Keeley, and M. C. Vasey. 2011. Ecological strategies in California chaparral: Interacting effects of soils, climate, and fire on specific leaf area. Plant Ecology and Diversity 4: 179-188; DOI: 10.1080/17550874.2011.633573

Ciccotelli, B., T. B. Harris, B. Connery, and N. Rajakaruna. 2011. A preliminary study of the vegetation of vernal pools of Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, Maine, USA. Rhodora 113: 260-279

Rajakaruna, N., T. B. Harris, S. Clayden, A. Dibble, and F. S. Olday. 2010. Lichens of Callahan Mine, a Copper and Zinc enriched superfund site in Brooksville, Maine, U.S.A. Rhodora 113:  1-31.

Pope, N., T. B. Harris, and N. Rajakaruna. 2010. Vascular plants of adjacent serpentine and granite outcrops on the Deer Isles, Maine, USA. Rhodora 112: 105-141.

Rajakaruna, N., N. Pope, J. Perez-Orozco, and T. B. Harris. 2009. Ornithocoprophilous Plants of Mount Desert Rock, a Remote Bird-Nesting Island in the Gulf of Maine, USA. Rhodora 111: 417-448.

R. S. Boyd, Kruckeberg, A. R. and N. Rajakaruna. 2009. Biology of ultramafic rocks and soils: research goals for the future. Northeastern Naturalist 16: 422-440.

N. Rajakaruna and R. S. Boyd. 2009. Advances in serpentine geoecology: A retrospective. Northeastern Naturalist 16: 1-7.

Harris, T. B. and N. Rajakaruna. 2009. Adiantum viridimontanum, Aspidotis densa, Minuartia marcescens, and Symphyotrichum rhiannon: Additional Serpentine Endemics from Eastern North America. Northeastern Naturalist 16: 111-120.

Rajakaruna, N., T. B. Harris, and E. B. Alexander. 2009. Serpentine geoecology of eastern North America: a review. Rhodora 111: 21-108.

Briscoe, L. R. E., Harris, T. B., Dannenberg, E., Broussard, W., Olday, F. C., and N. Rajakaruna. 2009. Bryophytes of adjacent serpentine and granite outcrops on the Deer Isles, Maine, USA. Rhodora 111: 1-20.

Harris, T. B., Olday, F. C., and N. Rajakaruna. 2007. Lichens of Pine Hill, a peridotite outcrop in eastern North America. Rhodora 109: 430-447.

Bohm, B. A. and N. Rajakaruna. 2006. The Lasthenia californica story: It started with flavonoids. Natural Product Communications 11: 1013-1022.

Rajakaruna, N., Tompkins, K. M., and P. G. Pavicevic. 2006. Phytoremediation: An affordable green technology for the clean-up of metal contaminated sites in Sri Lanka. Ceylon Journal of Science 35: 25-39.

Rajakaruna, N. and A. J. M. Baker. 2004. Serpentine: A model habitat for botanical research in Sri Lanka. Ceylon Journal of Science 32: 1-19.

Rajakaruna, N. 2004. The edaphic factor in the origin of species. International Geology Review 46: 471-478.

Rajakaruna, N. 2003. Edaphic differentiation in Lasthenia: A model for studies in evolutionary ecology. Madroño 50: 34-40.

Rajakaruna, N., Baldwin, B. G., Chan, R., Desrochers, A. M., Bohm, B. A., and J. Whitton. 2003. Edaphic races and phylogenetic taxa in the Lasthenia californica complex (Asteraceae: Heliantheae): An hypothesis of parallel evolution. Molecular Ecology 12: 1675-1679.

Rajakaruna, N., Bradfield, G. E., Bohm, B. A., and J. Whitton. 2003. Adaptive differentiation in response to water stress by edaphic races of Lasthenia californica (Asteraceae). International Journal of Plant Sciences 164: 371-76.

Rajakaruna, N., Siddiqi, M. Y., Whitton, J., Bohm, B. A., and A. D. M. Glass. 2003. Differential responses to Na+/K+ and Ca2+/Mg2+ in two edaphic races of the Lasthenia californica complex (Asteraceae): A case for parallel evolution of physiological traits. New Phytologist 157: 93-103.

Rajakaruna, N. and B. A. Bohm. 2002. Serpentine and its vegetation: A preliminary study from Sri Lanka. Journal of Applied Botany 76: 20-28.

Rajakaruna, N., Harris, C. S., and G.H.N. Towers. 2002. Antimicrobial activity of plants collected from serpentine outcrops in Sri Lanka. Pharmaceutical Biology 40: 235-244.

Rajakaruna, N. and B.A. Bohm. 1999. The edaphic factor and patterns of variation in Lasthenia californica (Asteraceae). American Journal of Botany 86:1576-1596.

Bernston, G.M, Rajakaruna, N., and F.A. Bazzaz. 1998. Growth and nitrogen uptake of an experimental community of annuals exposed to elevated atmospheric CO2. Global Change Biology 4: 607-627.

Books and Book Chapters:

Boyd, R. S., Krell, N. T., and Rajakaruna, N. 2016. Extreme Environments. In: Oxford Bibliographies in Ecology. Ed. David Gibson. New York: Oxford University Press; DOI: 10.1093/obo/9780199830060-0152

Trau, M., Owings, R., and N. Rajakaruna. 2016. Implementing Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Conservation Efforts. In Plant Biodiversity: Monitoring, Assessment and Conservation, pp. 525-535, Eds. A. A. Ansari and S. S. Gill. CAB International

Van der Ent, A., N. Rajakaruna, R. S. Boyd, G. Echevarria, and R. Repin, eds. 2015. Ultramafic Ecosytems. Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Serpentine Ecology. Australian Journal of Botany 63 (Special Issues 1-4; Parts 1, 2)

Rajakaruna, N., R. S. Boyd, and T. B. Harris. 2014. Synthesis and Future Directions: What have harsh environments taught us about ecology, evolution, conservation and restoration. In Plant Ecology and Evolution in Harsh Environments. Pp. 393-409. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., NY, USA

Rajakaruna, N., R. S. Boyd, and T. B. Harris, eds. (2014). Plant Ecology and Evolution in Harsh Environments. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., NY, USA. 426p.

N. Rajakaruna and R. S. Boyd. 2014. Geoecology. In Oxford Bibliographies in Ecology. Ed. David Gibson. New York: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780199830060-0125

N. Rajakaruna and R. S. Boyd. 2014. Serpentine Soils. In Oxford Bibliographies in Ecology. Ed. David Gibson. New York: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780199830060-0055

Neilson, S. and N. Rajakaruna. 2014.  Phytoremediation of Agricultural Soils: Using plants to clean metal-contaminated arable lands. In: Phytoremediation: Management of Environmental Contaminants, pp. 159-168. Eds. A. A. Ansari, S. S. Gill, G. R. Lanza, and L. Newman. Springer. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-10395-2_11

Boyd, R. S. and N. Rajakaruna. 2013. Heavy Metal Tolerance. In Oxford Bibliographies in Ecology. Ed. David Gibson. New York: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780199830060-0137

Rajakaruna, N. and R. S. Boyd. 2013. Edaphic Factor. In: Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences. Ed. Scott A. Elias. Elsevier, Oxford, United Kingdom (article reproduced from Encyclopedia of Ecology, 2008, Pages 1201–1207)

Gall, J. E. and N. Rajakaruna. 2013. The physiology, functional genomics, and applied ecology of heavy metal-tolerant Brassicaceae In: Brassica: Characterization, Functional Genomics and Health Benefits, Minglin Lang, ed., pp. 121-148. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., NY, USA.

Neilson, S. and N. Rajakaruna. 2012. Roles of rhizospheric processes and plant physiology in phytoremediation of contaminated sites using oilseed Brassicas.In: Anjum N. A., Ahmad I., Pereira M. E., Duarte A. C., Umar S., Khan N. A. (Eds.) The Plant Family Brassicaceae: Contribution Towards Phytoremediation, pp. 313-330. Environmental Pollution Book Series, Vol. 21, Springer (Science + Business Media), Dordrecht, The Netherlands.

S. P. Harrison and N. Rajakaruna. 2011. What have we learned from serpentine about evolution, ecology, and other sciences?  In: Harrison, S. P. and N. Rajakaruna (Eds.). Serpentine: Evolution and Ecology in a Model System, pp. 417-427. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA, USA.

R. E. O’Dell and N. Rajakaruna. 2011. Intraspecific variation, adaptation, and evolution. In: Harrison, S. P. and N. Rajakaruna (Eds.). Serpentine: Evolution and Ecology in a Model System, pp. 97-137. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA, USA.

Harrison, S. P. and N. Rajakaruna (Eds.). 2011. Serpentine: Evolution and Ecology in a Model System. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA, USA.

Rajakaruna, N., and R. S. Boyd (Eds.). 2009. Soil and Biota of Serpentine: A World View. Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Serpentine Ecology. Northeastern Naturalist 16 (Special Issue 5).

Rajakaruna, N. and R.S. Boyd. 2008. The edaphic factor. Pp. 1201–1207, In S.E. Jorgensen and B. Fath (Eds.). The Encyclopedia of Ecology. Volume 2. Elsevier, Oxford, United Kingdom.

Vaux, P. D., Nelson, S. J., Rajakaruna, N. Mittelhauser, G., Bell, K., Kopp, B., Peckenham, J. and G. Longsworth. 2008. Assessment of natural resources and watershed conditions in and adjacent to Acadia National Park. Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/HTLN/NRTR—2006/001. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA.

Rajakaruna, N. and J. Whitton. 2004. Trends in the evolution of edaphic specialists with an example of parallel evolution in the Lasthenia californica complex. In: Plant Adaptation: Molecular Biology and Ecology, Q.C.B. Cronk, I.E.P. Taylor, R. Ree and J. Whitton (Eds), pp. 103-110, NRC Research Press, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Whitton, J. and N. Rajakaruna. 2000. Plant biodiversity – an overview. In: S.L. Levin (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, pp. 621-630. Academic Press, San Diego, CA

Popular Journal Articles:

Rajakaruna, N. 2016. In Memoriam. Arthur Rice Kruckeberg: Geobotanist Extraordinaire (1920-2016). Madroño 63: 367-370.

Rajakaruna, N. 2010. An encounter with the First People of Sri Lanka. COA Magazine 6 (2): 51.

Rajakaruna, N. 2009. Serpentinophiles from California and across the world gather in Maine to highlight recent research on soil-biota relations of serpentine outcrops Fremontia 37 (1): 21-24.

Woolhouse, S. and N. Rajakaruna. 2009. The SJSU Botany Garden Makeover: Volunteers gather from around campus and San José to clean-up and restore SJSU’s home for native plants. The Scientist, The College of Science Newsletter 13 (1): 2-3.

Woolhouse, S. and N. Rajakaruna. 2009. The SJSU Botany Garden Makeover: Volunteers gather to help restore a native plant garden. The Blazing Star, California Native Plant Society, Santa Clara Valley Chapter Newsletter, March-April 2009.

Rajakaruna, N. 2003. The common goldfields (Lasthenia californica s.lat.) of California: A species complex for the study of adaptive differentiation and parallel speciation. Botanical Electronic News 313.

Rajakaruna, N. 2000. Goldfields in the world of serpentine. Botanical Electronic News 245.

Rajakaruna, N. 1994. Dream come true. Sri Lankan returns to Sinharaja to coordinate plot work. Inside CTFS, Fall.

Invited Talks:

2017

Flowers. A guest lecture for the Biology of Sex course at California Polytechnic State University, CA, USA (August 17)

Rock Outcrop Plant Communities: Models Habitats for Ecological, Evolutionary, and Applied Research. Seminar to Department of Botany, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (May 19)

Serpentine: A model habitat for ecological, evolutionary, and applied research. A seminar to the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Colombo. Seminar organized by Plant Sciences Special students as part of a Mini Symposium on Serpentine Ecology (May 16)

Travels of a Botanist: Following my passion for plants from Sri Lanka to North America and Beyond. Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month Speaker Program, American Corner, Kandy, Sri Lanka (May 12)

Geobotany: Interdisciplinary Studies on the Geology-Plant Relationship. Public lecture for the Geological Society of Sri Lanka. Department of Geology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (May 4)

Phytoremediation and Phytomining: Green technologies for cleaning contaminated soils and mining precious metals. Guest lecture for the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka (April 25)

Close Encounters with the Floral Kind: Following my passion for plants from Sri Lanka to North America. Seminar for first year botany students, Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka (April 24)

Opportunities for Undergraduate, Graduate, and Post-Doctoral Education in the United States. Seminar for students and staff, Faculty of Science, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka (April 24)

Plants of ‘harsh’ soils: Models systems for ecological, evolutionary & applied research. Seminar for students and faculty, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Rajarata University, Sri Lanka (March 30)

Opportunities for Undergraduate, Graduate, and Post-Doctoral Education in the United States. Seminar for students at the Faculty of Applied Sciences, Rajarata University, Sri Lanka (March 30)

Plants of ‘extreme’ soils: Models for ecological, evolutionary & applied research. Special seminar at the National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy, Sri Lanka (March 28)

My life as a biologist: Following my passion for nature from Sri Lanka to North America and Beyond. A presentation for students (Life Sciences) Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India (March 2)

Geoecology: Interdisciplinary studies on the substrate-plant relationship. Guest lecture for the Department of Geography, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India (March 2)

Phytoremediation and Phytomining: Green technologies for cleaning contaminated soils and mining precious metals. Guest lecture for the Department of Civil Engineering, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India (March 1)

Opportunities for Undergraduate, Graduate, and Post-Doctoral Education in the United States. Presentation for students, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India (February 27)

Serpentine: Evolutionary ecology of a model system. Guest lecture for the Department of Plant Protection, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India (February 25)

My life as a biologist: Following my passion for nature from Sri Lanka to North America. A presentation for students (ages 13-16) at the Blossoms School, Aligarh, India (February 25)

Plants of rock outcrop communities: Models for ecological, evolutionary, and applied research. Guest lecture for the Department of Wildlife Sciences, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India (February 23)

The importance of botanical collections for education and research. Seminar for the Department of Museology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India (February 22)

Plants of ‘harsh’ soils: Models for ecological, evolutionary & applied research. University extension lecture at the Department of Botany, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India (February 21)

Life as a botanist in the United States. Presentation to the students and staff at the Department of Botany, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India (February 20)

Geoecology: Ecological, Evolutionary, and Applied Studies on Plants of ‘Harsh’ Soils. Guest lecture for the Department of Geography, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (February 02)

Plants of ‘extreme’ soils: Model systems for ecological, evolutionary, and applied research. Guest lecture at the 4th Ruhuna International Science and Technology Conference, University of Ruhuna, Matara, Sri Lanka (January 26)

Close encounters with the non-human kinds: Life as a biologist during and after Trinity. A seminar for science students and faculty, Trinity College, Kandy, Sri Lanka (January 23)

2016

Opportunities for undergraduate and graduate education in the United States. Seminar for undergraduate students, faculty, and staff, Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Colombo, Sri Lanka (November 25)

Phytoremediation and Phytomining: Green technologies for cleaning contaminated soils and mining precious metals. Seminar for the Botanical Society, Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Colombo, Sri Lanka (November 9)

Life as a botany student and professor in the United States. Presentation to Faculty of Natural Sciences, Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Colombo, Sri Lanka (November 9)

Plant speciation: Edaphic specialists as model systems for studies in evolution. Two guest lectures for the course on Evolution, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME, USA (April 19, 20)

Plant adaptations to a Mediterranean climate. Seminar for the Biological Sciences Department, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA (January 22)

The edaphic factor in California’s Plant Diversity: Species to Communities. Seminar for the Biological Sciences Department, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA (January 21)

2015

Phytoremediation and Phytomining: Green technologies for cleaning contaminated soils and mining precious metals. Seminar for the AP Chemistry Class, Mount Desert Island High School, Bar Harbor, ME, USA (June 18)

Serpentine: Evolutionary ecology of a model system. Seminar for the School of Biology and Ecology, University of Maine, Orono, ME, USA (February 13)

2014

Phytoremediation and Phytomining: Green technologies for cleaning contaminated soils and mining precious metals. Seminar for the Institute of Natural Sciences, Ural Federal University, Yekaterinburg, Russia (October 24)

Ecological Speciation: Case studies of edaphic differentiation from the California flora. Seminar for the Institute of Natural Sciences, Ural Federal University, Yekaterinburg, Russia (October 23)

Edible Botany: Exploring plant biology through plants we eat. Guest lecture for biology students at the Institute of Natural Sciences, Ural Federal University, Yekaterinburg, Russia (October 21)

Serpentine: A model for evolutionary studies. Invited keynote presentation at the 8th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Sabah, Malaysia (June 10)

Phytoremediation and Phytomining: Green technologies for cleaning contaminated soils and mining precious metals. Seminar for the Department of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (March 04)

Phytoremediation: Using plants to clean metal contaminated sites. Seminar for the Rotary Club of Kandy Metropolitan, Sri Lanka. The Queen’s Hotel, Kandy, Sri Lanka (January 29)

2012

Parallel Speciation in the Lasthenia californica complex (Asteraceae). Seminar for Andrew Hendry’s Laboratory, Department of Biology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada (June 26)

The 22nd V. M. Goldschmidt Conference ‘Earth in Evolution.’ Session on Critical Zone Processes: Their Role in Ecology and Evolution. Keynote Address titled ‘The Influence of Geology and Substrate on Plant Life in Northeastern North America,’ 24-29 June in Montreal, Canada (June 25)

Ecological Speciation: Case Studies of Edaphic Differentiation from the California Flora. Seminar for the Materials Research Department, iThemba Labs, National Research Foundation, South Africa (February 20)

The edaphic factor in the origin of plant species: case studies of ecological speciation from the California flora. Seminar for the School of Environmental Sciences and Development, North-West University, Potchesftroom Campus, South Africa (February 07)

Edaphic Islands: Model Settings for Biodiversity Studies. Seminar for honors/graduate students of the School of Environmental Sciences and Development, North-West University, Potchesftroom Campus, South Africa (February 08)

2009

Plant reproduction and development. Two guest lectures in Biology 96A (Foundations of Biodiversity), San José State University, San José, CA, USA

Plant adaptations to land. Guest Lecture in Biology 96A (Foundations of Biodiversity), San José State University, San José, CA, USA

Plants with mettle: Lives of metallophytes. Lecture for San José State University Alumni Association’s Classes without Quizzes Seminar Sessions. San José State University, San José, CA, USA

Edaphic differentiation in the Lasthenia californica (Asteraceae) complex: a model for the study of parallel speciation. Guest Lecture in Biology 218 (Evolution), San José State University, San José, CA, USA

Edaphic differentiation in California’s flora: Case Studies. Seminar Series, Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

Adaptation below-ground: Key to plant diversity in California. Department of Biological Sciences, Graduate Seminar Series, San José State University, San José, CA, USA

Edaphic differentiation: species to communities. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, USA

2008

The Plant-Soil Relationship: Ecology, Evolution, and Applied Ecology. Plant Biology (Bio 1) Guest Lecture. San José State University, San José, CA, USA

Edaphic Islands of California: Model settings for the study of plant ecology and evolution. California Native Plant Society, Shoup Garden House, Los Altos, CA, USA

The edaphic factor in plant diversity: species to communities. Department of Biological Sciences, San José State University, San José, CA, USA

Plant ecology of serpentine soils of North America. Humboldt Field Research Institute, Steuben, ME, USA

2007

Botanizing on kooky soils: encounters with plants with mettle. Human Ecology Forum, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME, USA

2006

Plants on extreme soils: models for studies in evolutionary and applied ecology. Department of Biology Seminar Series, Colby College, ME, USA

2005

Plant-soil relations in the Lasthenia californica complex (Asteraceae): a model for studies in evolutionary ecology. Department of Biological Sciences Seminar Series, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA

Plants on extreme soils: evolution to remediation. Humboldt Field Research Institute, Steuben, ME, USA

Ecology of metal hyperaccumulation and the emerging field of phytoremediation. Postgraduate Institute of Science, Department of Botany, The University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Plants on Extreme Soils: A Model for Studies in Plant Evolution. Department of Botany, The University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

From Cell to System, a Collaborative Science Learning Initiative for K-6 Teachers. Topic: Plants on Extreme Soils: A model for research from cell to ecosystem. College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME, USA

Parallel Speciation in Lasthenia californica (Asteraceae). The Department of Biological Sciences Seminar Series. University of Maine, Orono, ME, USA

2004

Edaphic races in the Lasthenia californica complex (Asteraceae): A case for parallel speciation. California Botanical Society Lecture Series. University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA

Plant Diversity: Speciation to Conservation. Keene State College, Keene, NH, USA

Edaphic differentiation in the Lasthenia californica complex (Asteraceae):

A model for the study of adaptive evolution and parallel speciation. Ecology and Evolution Lunch Bunch Seminar Series. University of California, Riverside, CA, USA

Plant Diversity: Speciation to Conservation. College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME, USA

2003

Edaphic differentiation in the Lasthenia californica complex (Asteraceae):

A model for the study of adaptive evolution and parallel speciation. The Department of Biological Sciences Seminar Series, University of Southern Mississippi, MS, USA

The edaphic factor in the origin of species. The Coleman Symposium “Serpentine and serpentinites: mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry, ecology, geophysics, and tectonics.” Stanford University, CA, USA

Edaphic differentiation in the Lasthenia californica complex (Asteraceae): Building a case for parallel speciation. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Seminar Series. University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Edaphic differentiation in the Lasthenia californica complex (Asteraceae):

Building a case for parallel speciation. EcoEvo Seminar Series. Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University, CA, USA

1997

A study on the possible edaphic influence on population differentiation of Lasthenia californica. Department of Soil Science, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Conference Presentations (presenter in bold):

2017

Gunarathne, V., N. Rajakaruna and M. Vithanage. Influence of water content, ligands and protons on metal release in heavy metal rich soils. Poster to be presented at the 10th Annual International Research Conference of General Sir John Kothalawala Defense University, Ratmalana, Sri Lanka. August 3-4.

Siebert, S. J. and N. Rajakaruna. An overview of ultramafic geoecology in sub-Saharan Africa and the way forward. Paper presented at the 9th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Tirana + Pogradec, Albania. June 4-9.

Jayalal, U., N. Rajakaruna, M.C.M. Iqbal, and S. Wijesundara. A preliminary survey of lichens associated with serpentinite rocks in Ussangoda, Sri Lanka. Poster presented at the 9th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Tirana + Pogradec, Albania. June 4-9.

Gunarathne, V., N. Rajakaruna and M. Vithanage. Influence of soil water content on metal release in serpentine soil. Poster presented at the 9th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Tirana + Pogradec, Albania. June 4-9.

Medeiros, I. D. and N. Rajakaruna. Exceptions to the serpentine syndrome in eastern North America. Paper presented at the 9th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Tirana + Pogradec, Albania. June 4-9.

Rajakaruna, N. Evolutionary Ecology of Serpentine Plants. Paper presented at the 9th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Tirana + Pogradec, Albania. June 4-9.

Siebert, S. J., M. Struwig, N. Rajakaruna, and A. van Wyk. Three new species of Stylochaeton Lepr. (Araceae) from ultramafic soils, South Africa. Poster presented at the 9th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Tirana + Pogradec, Albania. June 4-9.

Venter, A., Siebert, S. J., Rajakaruna, N., Barnard, S., Levanets, A., Ismail, A., and Allam, M. Biological crusts of ultramafic and non-ultramafic soils from the Barberton Greenstone Belt of South Africa. Poster presented at the 9th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Tirana + Pogradec, Albania. June 4-9.

Medeiros, I. D., A. M. Fryday, N. Pope, M. Coetzee, A. Frisby, S. J. Siebert, and N. Rajakaruna. Work in progress: Lichen substrate ecology of the Barberton Greenstone Belt, South Africa. Poster presented at the 9th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Tirana + Pogradec, Albania. June 4-9.

Siebert, S. J., P. Beukes, P. van Zyl, N. Rajakaruna, and F. Siebert. Chromium uptake by forbs: evidence from chromite outcrops in the Rustenburg Layered Suite, South Africa. Poster presented at the 9th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Tirana + Pogradec, Albania. June 4-9.

Siebert S. J., N. Rajakaruna, N. Schutte, D. Komape, and Pieter Bester. A new nickel hyperaccumulator in the Asteraceae on serpentinite in the Barberton Greenstone Belt, South Africa. Poster presented at the 9th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Tirana + Pogradec, Albania. June 4-9.

Rajakaruna, N. Evolutionary Ecology of Serpentine Plants. Paper presented at the 64th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Japan, Tokyo, Japan. March 14-18.

Rajakaruna, N. Serpentine Flora of Sri Lanka. Paper presented at the South and Central Asia Fulbright Conference, Kolkata, West Bengal, India (March 7)

Erasmus, A., Venter, A. Levanets A., Siebert, S., Rajakaruna, N. Common terrestrial algae and cyanobacteria of Southern Africa. Poster presented 30th Congress of the Phycological Society of Southern Africa (PSSA2017), De Hoop Nature Reserve, Overburg, South Africa. Jan 12-17.

2016

Medeiros, I. D. and N. Rajakaruna. 2016. Serpentinite Outcrops Do Not Support a (Particularly) Distinctive Biota in Western Massachusetts. Paper  presented at the Botanical Society of America Meeting. Savannah, GA, USA. July 30-August 3.

Medeiros, I. D. and N. Rajakaruna. 2016. Serpentinite Outcrops in Massachusetts: A Botanical and Ecological Overview. Paper presented at the 2016 Northeast Natural History Conference. Springfield, Massachusetts, USA. April 22-24.

Medeiros, I. D. and N. Rajakaruna. 2016. Documenting the Rocks, Soils, and Biota of Serpentinite Outcrops in Western Massachusetts. Poster presented at the Geological Society of Maine 2016 Spring Meeting. University of Maine, Orono, ME, USA. April 1. Honorable Mention.

Medeiros, I. D. and N. Rajakaruna. 2016. Documenting the rocks, soils, and biota of serpentinite outcrops in western Massachusetts. Poster presented at the Northeastern Section – 51st Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America. Albany, NY, USA. March 21-23.

2015

Samuel, E. M., Porter, D., Munson, T., and N. Rajakaruna. 2015. Mycoremediation in the face of anthropogenic environmental damage. Poster presented at the 2015 New England Botanical Club Conference. Northampton, Massachusetts, USA. June 5-7.

Samuel, E. M., Porter, D. and N. Rajakaruna. 2015. Mycoremediation in the face of anthropogenic environmental damage. Poster presented at the 2015 Mycological Society of America Meeting. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. July 25-29.

Medeiros, I.D. and N. Rajakaruna. 2015. Research in Progress: Documenting the Serpentine Biota of Massachusetts. Poster presented at the NEBC 120th Anniversary Research Conference. Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA. June 5-7

Krell, N. T., Dawson, H. R., and N. Rajakaruna. 2015. Are yarrow and St. John’s wort locally adapted to serpentine and granite outcrops on Deer Isle, ME? Poster presented at the NEBC 120th Anniversary Research Conference. Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA. June 5-7

Excoffier, P., Olday, F. C., and N. Rajakaruna. 2015. Vernal Pool Bryophytes of Acadia National Park, Maine. Poster presented at the 2015 Northeast Natural History Conference. Springfield, Massachusetts, USA. April 18-20

Medeiros, I.D. and N. Rajakaruna. 2015. Research in Progress: Documenting the Serpentine Biota of Massachusetts. Poster presented at the 2015 Northeast Natural History Conference. Springfield, Massachusetts, USA. April 18-20

Rajakaruna, N. 2015. Serpentine geoecology of eastern North America: Current knowledge and information gaps. Paper presented at the 2015 Northeast Natural History Conference. Springfield, Massachusetts, USA. April 18-20

Krell, N. T., Dawson, H. R., and N. Rajakaruna. 2015. Are yarrow and St. John’s wort locally adapted to serpentine and granite outcrops on Deer Isle? Poster presented at the 2015 Northeast Natural History Conference. Springfield, Massachusetts, USA. April 18-20

Knudsen, K., A. Fryday, N. Rajakaruna, F. Olday, R. E. O’Dell, N. Pope, and S. Woolhouse. 2015. Lichens of the New Idria serpentine mass, San Benito County, California: a preliminary study of the lichen-substrate relationship. Poster presented at California Native Plant Society’s 2015 Conservation Conference: Celebrating 50 years of Progress and Promise, San José, CA, USA. January 13-17.

2014

Hall, S., Anderson, J., Rajakaruna, N. and Cass, D. 2014.Watershed Landscape Ecology: Interdisciplinary and field-based learning in the Northeast Creek Watershed, Mount Desert Island, Maine. Poster presented at the AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA. December 16.

Medeiros, I. D. and N. Rajakaruna. 2014. A Biodiverse Polluted Site in Coastal Maine: Opportunity and Dilemma. Poster presented at XX International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology (Ecological Responsibility and Human Imagination: Saving the Past~Shaping the Future), College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME, USA. October 22-25.

Barton, J., N. Rajakaruna, and B. Connery. 2014. Lichens of selected vernal pools in Acadia National Park, Maine. Poster presented at the Acadia National Park Science Symposium, Schoodic Education Research Center, Winter Harbor, Maine, USA. April 16.

Iqbal, M.C.M and N. Rajakaruna. 2014. Serpentine Ecology in Sri Lanka: current knowledge, information gaps, and future directions. Paper presented at the 8th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Sabah, Malaysia. June 9-13.

Siebert, S. J., N. Rajakaruna, and P Beukes. 2014. Chromium uptake by plants: evidence from naturally occurring chromititite outcrops of the Rustenburg Layered Suite, South Africa. Poster presented at the 8th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Sabah, Malaysia. June 9-13.

Medeiros, I. D. Fryday, A. M. and N. Rajakaruna. 2014. Diversity and Conservation of Lichens at Two Metal-Enriched Sites in Coastal Maine, USA. Paper  presented at the 8th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Sabah, Malaysia. June 9-13.

Wijethunga, W.M.K.T., K.B. Wijesekara, R. Weerasooriya, and N. Rajakaruna. 2014. Chromium phytoextraction potential of Brassica juncea (L.) Czern. (Indian Mustard) genotypes from Sri Lanka. Poster presented at the 8th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Sabah, Malaysia. June 9-13.

Burgess, J. L., Szlavecz, K., Rajakaruna, N., Lev, S. and C. M. Swan. 2014. Serpentine Forest Succession and Mesophication in Response to Conifer Encroachment. Poster presented at the 8th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Sabah, Malaysia. June 9-13.

Venter, A., Levanets, A., Siebert, S., and N. Rajakaruna. 2014. Soil algae and cyanoprokaryotes of mafic and ultramafic substrates in Mpumalanga, South Africa. Poster presented at the 8th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Sabah, Malaysia. June 9-13.

Herath, I., Wickremasinghe, S., Rajakaruna, N., Nawaratne, A. and M. Vithanage. 2014. The addition of biochar to serpentine soils reduces metal ion release and phytotoxicity in tomato plants. Poster presented at the 8th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Sabah, Malaysia. June 9-13.

Chaturanga, P. K. D., M. C.M. Iqbal, S. K. A. T. Dharmasena, and N. Rajakaruna 2014. Nickel tolerance of and uptake by serpentine and non-serpentine ecotypes of Fimbristylis ovata (Cyperaceae) from Sri Lanka. Poster presented at the 8th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Sabah, Malaysia. June 9-13.

Herath, I., Wickremasinghe, S., Rajakaruna, N., Nawaratne, A. and M. Vithanage. 2014. Beneficial effects of biochar application on metal ion release and phytotoxicity reduction in serpentine soil. Paper presented at Peradeniya University International Research Sessions, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. July 4-5.

2013

Georgaklis, E, Rajakaruna, N. 2013. Environmental Influences on Chemical Variation and Growth of Four Asian Botanicals. Poster presented at Northeast Undergraduate Research and Development Symposium, University of New England, Biddeford, ME, March 2.

2012

Hurter B, Van Dyk R, Siebert SJ, Coetsee M, Rajakaruna N. 2012. Nickel accumulation by Berkheya and Senecio species (Afrikaans Title: Akkumulering van nikkel deur Berkheya– en Senecio-spesies).  Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the Biology Section, South African Academy for Science and Arts, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa, October 5.

Jumper, K. Porter, D. and Rajakaruna, N.  2012.  Diversity and Heavy Metal Uptake of Macrofungi found on Serpentine and Granite Outcrops on the Deer Isles, Maine, USA.  Poster presented at the Conference of the Mycological Society of America, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA, July 15-19.

Jumper, K., Porter, D., Rajakaruna, N., and Stern, M.  2012.  Biodiversity and Heavy Metal Uptake of Macrofungi found on Serpentine and Granite Outcrops on the Deer Isles, Maine, USA.  Poster presented at the Northeast Natural History Conference, OnCenter Convention Center, Syracuse, New York, USA, April 15-19.

Barton, J., Olday, F., and N. Rajakaruna. 2012.  A Study of Lichens of Vernal Pools of Acadia National Park, Maine, U.S.A. Poster presented at the Northeast Natural History Conference, OnCenter Convention Center, Syracuse, New York, USA, April 15-19.

Negoita, L., Dickinson, M., Rajakaruna, N., Mittelhauser, G., and Pope, N.  2012. Herbivory and Soil Features: A Case Study of Coastal Maine Island Plant Communities. Paper presented at the Northeast Natural History Conference, OnCenter Convention Center, Syracuse, New York, USA, April 15-19.

Rajakaruna, N. Harris, T. B., S. J. Nelson, and P. D. Vaux.  2012. Stressors and Threats to the Flora of Acadia National Park, Maine: Current Knowledge, Information Gaps, and Future Directions. Poster presented at the Northeast Natural History Conference, OnCenter Convention Center, Syracuse, New York, USA, April 15-19.

Stern, M. and N. Rajakaruna. 2012. Plant Soil Relations of the Rockland/Thomaston Limestone Quarry. Poster presented at the Northeast Natural History Conference, OnCenter Convention Center, Syracuse, New York, USA, April 15-19.

Rajakaruna, N. 2012. The Influence of Geology and Substrate on Plant Life in Northeastern North America. Paper presented at the Northeast Natural History Conference, OnCenter Convention Center, Syracuse, New York, USA, April 15-19.

Woolhouse, S. and Rajakaruna, N.  2012.  Ecology and Reproductive Biology of two serpentine endemic Monardella species from the Northern Sierra Nevada.  Paper presented at the California Native Plant Society Conservation Conference, San Diego, CA, USA, January 10-14.

2011

Yost, J., Barry, T., K. Kay, and N. Rajakaruna. 2011. Local adaptation and speciation in cryptic species of Lasthenia (Asteraceae). Poster presented at the Botany 2011, St. Louis, MO, USA, July 9-13.

Stark, H. Z. and N. Rajakaruna. 2011. Plants and people of New England: our contemporary reliance on traditional knowledge. Paper presented at the Northeast Natural History Conference, Albany, NY, April 6-9, 2011.

M. Mansfield and N. Rajakaruna.  2011. Plant diversity and soil-tissue relations of Callahan Mine, Brooksville, Maine.  Poster presented at the Northeast Natural History Conference, Albany, NY, April 6-9, 2011.

Negoita, L., Mittlehauser, G., and N. Rajakaruna 2011. Flora of Little Duck Island, Maine. Poster presented at the Northeast Natural History Conference, Albany, NY, April 6-9, 2011.

J. E. Gall, Kirven-Dows, L. A., C. Graham and N. Rajakaruna. 2011. Diversity and metal content of insects on adjacent serpentine and granite outcrops on the Deer Isles, ME, USA. Poster presented at the Northeast Natural History Conference, Albany, NY, April 6-9, 2011.

Yost, J., Barry, T., K. Kay, and N. Rajakaruna. 2011. Fine Scale local adaptation maintained by selection across subtle edaphic gradients. Poster presented at the 7th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Coimbra, Portugal, June 12-16.

Pope, N., Fong, M., Boyd, R., and N. Rajakaruna. 2011. Variation in metal accumulation among wild morphotypes of Streptanthus polygaloides, a Californian Ni hyperaccumulator.  Poster presented at the 7th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Coimbra, Portugal, June 12-16.

J. E. Gall, Kirven-Dows, L. A., C. Graham and N. Rajakaruna. 2011. Diversity and metal content of insects on adjacent serpentine and granite outcrops on the Deer Isles, ME, USA. Poster presented at the 7th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Coimbra, Portugal, June 12-16.

Woolhouse, S. and N. Rajakaruna. 2011.  Ecology and Reproductive Biology of two serpentine endemic Monardella species. Paper presented at the 7th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Coimbra, Portugal, June 12-16.

Knudsen, K., Fryday, A., Rajakaruna, N., Olday, F. C., O’Dell, R. E., and S. Woolhouse. 2011. Lichens of the New Idria Serpentine Mass, San Benito County, California, USA: A Preliminary Study of the Lichen-Substrate Relationship. Poster presented at the 7th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Coimbra, Portugal, June 12-16.

Woolhouse, S. and N. Rajakaruna. 2011.  Variation in the rare bodenvag Lewisia cantelovii J. T. Howell (Montiaceae):  Early evidence for local adaptation to substrate. Poster presented at the 7th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Coimbra, Portugal, June 12-16.

Bieger, A., Rajakaruna, N. and S. Harrison. 2011. Ecotypic adaptation to soil-type and micro-climate of three common chaparral shrubs of California. Paper presented at the 7th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Coimbra, Portugal, June 12-16.

Woolhouse, S. and N. Rajakaruna. 2011.  Ecology and Reproductive Biology of two serpentine endemic Monardella species from Plumas National Forest. Poster presented at the Northern California Botanist Symposium, California State University, Chico, CA, January 10-11.

2010

Celis, J., N. Rajakaruna, and M. C. Vasey. 2010. Ecological speciation in the Lasthenia minor-L. maritima complex (Asteraceae). Poster presented at the California Botanical Society Graduate Student Symposium, San José State University in San José, CA February 13.

Woolhouse, S. and N. Rajakaruna. 2010. Biology and ecology of three rare serpentine plants from Plumas National Forest in the Northern Sierra Nevada, California. Paper presented at the California Botanical Society Graduate Student Symposium, San José State University in San José, CA, February 13.

Fong, M. G., R. S. Boyd, and N. Rajakaruna. 2010. Are morphotypes ofStreptanthuspolygaloides (Brassicaceae) distinct genotypes worthy of taxonomic subdivision and conservation? Poster presented at the California Botanical Society Graduate Student Symposium, San José State University in San José, CA February 13.

Barry, T., Rajakaruna, N., and K. M. Kay. 2010.  Local adaptation and seasonal distribution of edaphic races of Lasthenia californica-L. gracilis complex in two distinct regions of a serpentine outcrop.  Poster presented at the California Botanical Society Graduate Student Symposium, San José State University in San José, CA February 13.

2009

Davoodian, N. and N. Rajakaruna. Arbuscular mycorrhizal colonization of St. John’sWort (Hypericum perforatum) on adjacent serpentine and granite outcrops. Poster presented at Botany and Mycology 2009, Snowbird, Utah, July 25-29.

Rajakaruna, N. and N. Jenson. Endemism and rarity in California’s flora: are mostendemic and rare species edaphic specialists? Poster presented at California Native Plant Society 2009 Conservation Conference: Strategies and Solutions. Sacramento Convention Center and Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sacramento, CA, January 17-19.

Fong, M. G., R. S. Boyd, and N. Rajakaruna. Are morphotypes ofStreptanthuspolygaloides (Brassicaceae) distinct genotypes worthy of taxonomic subdivision and conservation? Poster presented at California Native Plant Society 2009 Conservation Conference: Strategies and Solutions. Sacramento Convention Center and Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sacramento, CA, January 17-19.

2008

Rajakaruna, N., T. B. Harris, and E. B. Alexander. 2008. Serpentine Outcrops ofEastern North America: Model Habitats for Geoecological Studies. Paper presented at Northeast Natural History Conference X, Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY, April 17 – 18

Ciccotelli, B. and N. Rajakaruna. 2008. A Study to Characterize the Flora of VernalPools, Acadia National Park. Poster presented at the Northeast Natural History Conference X, Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY, April 17 – 18

Rajakaruna, N., T. B. Harris, and E. B. Alexander. 2008. Geoecology of serpentine in eastern North America: Critical information gaps and future directions. Paper presented at the Sixth International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME, June 16 – 23

Davoodian, N., N. Rajakaruna, and D. D. Ackerly. 2008. Evolution of serpentine endemism in fire-prone habitats: a preliminary model from California’s chaparral. Poster presented at the Sixth International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME, June 16 – 23

Briscoe, L. R., F. C. Olday, and N. Rajakaruna. 2008. A floristic survey of bryophytes ona peridotite and a granitic outcrop in Deer Isle, Maine, USA. Poster presented at the Sixth International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME, June 16 – 23

Harris, T. B. and N. Rajakaruna. 2008.Adiantum viridimontanum,Aspidotis densa, and Minuartia marcescens, additional serpentine endemics from eastern North America? Poster presented at the Sixth International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME, June 16 – 23

Pope, N. and N. Rajakaruna. 2008. Vascular plants of serpentine and granite in the Deer Isle complex, Maine, USA. Poster presented at the Sixth International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME, June 16 – 23

2007

Harris, T. B., Dannenberg, E., Pope, N., Briscoe, L. Thrall, A., Olday, F. C., and N.Rajakaruna. 2007. Plant life on metal-enriched soils in Maine: involving undergraduate students in ecological research. Poster presented at Maine Space Grant Consortium Annual Meeting, The University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME, April 20

Thrall, A., Pope, N., Dannenberg, E., Tompkins, K., Pavicevic, P., Harris, T. B. and N.Rajakaruna. 2007. Plant-Soil Relations on Serpentine Outcrops of Deer Isle, Maine in Northeastern United States. Poster presented at Maine Space Grant Consortium Annual Meeting, The University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME, April 20

2006

Rajakaruna, N. and D. D. Ackerly. Understanding Community Assembly on Serpentine:A Study of Functional Traits Relating to Serpentine Tolerance. Paper presented at the V International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Siena, Italy May 09-13

Harris, T. B., Olday, F. C., and N. Rajakaruna. Saxicolous and Terricolous Lichens of a peridotite outcrop in the Northeastern United States: A baseline study exploring the lichen-substrate relationship. Poster presented at the V International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Siena, Italy May 09-13

Thrall, A., Pope, N., Dannenberg, E., Tompkins, K., Pavicevic, P., Harris, T. B. and N. Rajakaruna. Plant-Soil Relations on Serpentine Outcrops of Deer Isle, Maine inNortheastern United States. Poster presented at the V International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Siena, Italy May 09-13

Iqbal, M. C. M., Kulasekara, L., Rajakaruna, N. and S. S. Iqbal. Plant-Soil Relations of aSerpentine Site in the Southern Coast of Sri Lanka. Paper presented at the V International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Siena, Italy May 09-13

Harris, T. B., Olday, F. C., and N. Rajakaruna. Lichens of a Peridotite Outcrop inEastern North America: An Investigation into the Lichen-Serpentine Relation. Paper presented at the Botany 2006 Meeting, Chico, California, USA July 28 – August 03

2003

Whitton, J. and N. Rajakaruna. The ecology of plant speciation. Paper presented at thePlant Speciation Conference, Plant Canada Meeting, St. Xavier University, Antagonish, Nova Scotia, Canada June 26-28

Rajakaruna, N. and J. Whitton. Parallel Evolution in theLasthenia californicacomplex(Asteraceae). Poster presented at the Plant Speciation Conference, Plant Canada Meeting, St. Xavier University, Antagonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. June 26-28

Rajakaruna, N. Edaphic differentiation in Lasthenia (Asteraceae): A model for the study of parallel speciation. Paper presented at the Fourth International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Jardin Botanico Nacional, Havana, Cuba. April 21-26

Rajakaruna, N. Serpentine plants of Sri Lanka: A preliminary study. Poster presented at the Fourth International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Jardin Botanico Nacional, Havana, Cuba. April 21-26

Rajakaruna, N. Edaphic differentiation in the Lasthenia californica complex (Asteraceae: Heliantheae): a case for parallel speciation. Paper presented at the California Botanical Society Graduate Student Meeting, University of California, San Diego, CA. February 15

2002

Rajakaruna, N. and J. Whitton. Building a case for the parallel evolution of edaphicraces in the Lasthenia californica complex (Asteraceae:Heliantheae). Paper presented at the symposium on Molecular Genetics and Ecology of Plant Adaptation, Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research, University of British Columbia, Canada. December 11-13

Whitton, J. and N. Rajakaruna. Adaptation Underground: Incorporating edaphicinfluences in plant evolutionary studies. Paper presented at the symposium on Molecular Genetics and Ecology of Plant Adaptation, Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research, University of British Columbia, Canada. December 11-13

Rajakaruna, N. Edaphic differentiation in Lasthenia: Building a case for the parallel evolution of edaphic races in the L. californica complex. Talk presented in the Department of Botany Seminar Series, University of British Columbia. November 05

Whitton, J. and N. Rajakaruna. Adaptive divergence in response to water stress inLasthenia californica (Asteraceae). Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of The Society for the Study of Evolution. Urbana-Champaigne, IL, USA. June 28-July 02

1999

Rajakaruna, N. and B. A. Bohm. The edaphic factor and patterns of variation inLasthenia californica (Asteraceae). Paper presented at the Third International Conference on Serpentine Ecology. Kruger National Park, South Africa. March 22-28

1998

Rajakaruna, N. Are edaphic factors influencing incipient speciation in Lasthenia californica (Asteraceae)? Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of The Society for the Study of Evolution.Vancouver, B.C., Canada. June 20-24

1997

Rajakaruna, N. Getting the dirt on Lasthenia. Presentation at the Department of Botany Seminar Series, University of British Columbia

Relevant Professional Services:

a. Manuscripts Reviewed (2004-Current):

Areas: plant-soil relations, evolutionary ecology, serpentine ecology, geoecology, heavy metals and ecosystem health

American Journal of Botany (4 papers); Annals of Botany (12 papers); International Journal of Plant Sciences (5 papers); Madrono: A West American Journal of Botany (5 papers); New Phytologist (7 papers); Journal of Ecology (2 papers); Ecology (1 paper); Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, Systematics (1 paper); Oecologia (3 papers); Molecular Ecology (6 papers); Functional Ecology (1 paper); Belgian Journal of Botany (1 paper); Environmental Pollution (4 papers); Evolutionary Ecology (1 paper); FreseniusEnvironmental Bulletin (1 paper); Plant Ecology (4 papers); Northeastern Naturalist (3 papers); Estuaries and Coasts (1 paper); Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society (3 papers); The Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society (3 papers); Ceylon Journal ofScience (Biological Sciences) (2 papers); Plant Biosystems (1 paper); Journal of Geology and Mining Research (1 paper); Botany (formerly Canadian Journal of Botany; 2 papers); International Journal of Phytoremediation (2 papers); Central European Journal of Biology (4 papers); African Journal of Biotechnology (1 paper); Journal of Medicinal Plant Research (4 papers); Plant and Soil (17 papers); Research in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (1 paper); Biotropica (2 papers); Journal of Geography and Regional Planning (1 paper); Ecology Letters (1 paper); BMC Evolutionary Biology (3 papers); Journal of Hydrology (1 paper); African Journal of Agricultural Research (2 papers); Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science (3 papers); Plant Ecology and Diversity (12 papers); South African Journal of Botany (3 papers); Rhodora (1 paper); Plant Biology (1 paper); Web Ecology (2 papers); PLOS One (2 papers); Plant Ecology and Evolution (1 paper); Revue d Ecologie (1 paper); Frontiers in Plant Physiology (2 papers); Scientific World Journal: Botany (2 papers); Catena (1 paper); ISRN Botany (4 papers); American Journal of Ecology and Ecosystems (1 paper); Plant Science (1 paper); Journal of Biogeography (2 papers); Human Ecology Review (1 paper); Journal of Plant Ecology (2 papers); Forest Ecology and Management (2 papers); International Scholarly Research Notices (2 papers); The American Naturalist (1 paper); Ecological Engineering (1 paper); Australian Journal of Botany (15 papers); Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (1 paper); Environmental Science and Technology (2 papers); Diversity (1 paper); Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety (5 papers); International Journal of Molecular Sciences (2 papers); Geoderma (1 paper); Science of the Total Environment (7 papers); Journal of Food and Drug Analysis (1 paper); Environmental Entomology (1 paper); Arid Land Research and Management (1 paper); Environment, Development, and Sustainability (2 papers); Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (1 paper); Science Asia (1 paper); International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (2 papers); Ruhuna Journal of Science (3 papers); Environments (2 papers); Sustainability (1 paper); Current Analytical Chemistry (1 paper); Egyptian Journal of Aquatic Research (2 papers); Limnology (4 papers)

b. Books/Book Chapters/Proposed Publications Reviewed

Cheplick, G. P. 2015. Approaches to Plant Evolutionary Ecology. Oxford University Press (reviewed chapter 6: Abiotic agents of selection)

Lang, M., ed. 2013. Brassica: Characterization, Functional Genomics and Health Benefits, Nova Science Publishers, Inc., NY, USA. (reviewed chapter on Health Benefits of Brassica Species)

Mittelhauser, G.H., L.L. Gregory, S.C. Rooney, J.E. Weber, M. Lovit, and D. Kausen. 2010. Field Guide to the Plants of Acadia National Park. University of Maine Press, Orono, ME (reviewed glossary for botanical accuracy)

Schlising, R. A. and D. G. Alexander. 2011. Vernal Pool Landscapes. Proceedings of the 2010 conference on “Vernal Pool Conservation: Research, Progress, and Problems.  Is Recovery Possible?” Studies from the Herbarium, California State University, Chico, CA (reviewed chapter titled “Niche ecology and evolution in vernal pool lineages of Lasthenia“)

E. B. Alexander. Soils in Natural Landscapes. Proposed Publication via UC Press, Berkeley, CA. Subsequently published by CRC Press 2013

c. Grants/Research/Researcher Reviewed (2004-Current):

External Examiner, M.Sc. Theses on the ‘conservation ecology of an endangered sandstone outcrop plant species,’ ‘herbaceous plant diversity responses to various treatments of fire and herbivory in sodic patches of a semi-arid riparian ecosystem,’ ‘forb and soil microbe diversity of ultramafic tailings facilities,’  ‘conservation ecology of an endangered succulent of sandstone outcrops in Mpumalanga, South Africa,’ and ‘Redefining the Griqualand West Centre of Endemism’: Faculty of Natural Sciences, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa; Ph.D. Dissertation on Phytoremediation: University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan; M.Phil. Thesis on plant-soil relations on serpentine soils: University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka; Ph.D. Dissertation on serpentine soil-plant relations: The University of Queensland, Australia. Ph.D. Dissertation on serpentine soil-plant relations: The University of Queensland, Australia; Ph.D. Thesis on biotransfer of heavy metals: Department of Botany, Aligarh Muslim University, India

Living Earth Scientific Evaluation Committee, the French National Research Agency (ANR): research proposal review (plant speciation)

NASA EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Development (RID) proposal: Geochemistry

National Geographic Society: Areas: plant-soil relations (3 proposals); other (1 proposal)

Retention, Tenure and Promotion Evaluations: Stanford University, Humboldt State University, University of Sharjah, UAE, North-West University, South Africa, University of Maine, Orono

United States Civilian Research and Development Foundation: Cooperative Grants Program. Area: plant-soil relations

United States Civilian Research and Development Foundation: Cooperative Grants Program. Area: phytoremediation

National Science Foundation. Area: Plant evolutionary ecology, geochemistry, plants & climate change (6 proposals)

National Research Foundation, International Science Cooperation Grants, South Africa. Area: plant-soil relations

National Research Foundation, South Africa. Area: Plant-soil-insect relations, geobotany (2 researcher reviews)

North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa. Area: Plant Ecology

USGS Maine Water Resources Institute Program Grants. Area: Geochemistry of serpentinites

d. Other (2004-Current):

  • Co-Chair, Session on Ecology and Evolution, 9th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Tirana, Albania, June 5-7 2017
  • Moderator, Session on Science and Technology, South and Central Asia Fulbright Conference, Kolkata, West Bengal, India (March 6-8)
  • Editorial Board, Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) Journal (Feb 2017-)
  • Senior Personnel/Advisor, National Science Foundation (2015) grant “Collaborative Proposal GEOPATH-EXTRA: Field based professional development for ESTEM undergraduates.” PIs: Dr. Calla Schmidt (University of San Francisco), Rebecca Walker (Mount San Antonio Community College), Dr. Sarah Hall (College of the Atlantic), and Dr. Carol Ormand (Science Education Research Center). $340,733 
  • Council Member, New England Botanical Club (2015-)
  • Organizer and Moderator, Session on ‘Landforms and Vegetation,’ Northeast Natural History Conference, Sheraton Springfield Hotel, Springfield, MA, USA, April 18-20 2015
  • Working Group Member, Characterizing landscape genomics and reconstructing pathways to plant ecological specialization and speciation, project funded by the John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis, US Geological Survey, 2015-2016
  • Organizer and Moderator, Session on ‘Plant Ecology,’ Northeast Natural History Conference, OnCenter Convention Center, Syracuse, New York, USA, April 15-19 2012
  • Editorial Board, International Scholarly Research Network Journals [ISRN Botany; International Scholarly Research Notices] (2011-)
  • Guest Editor, Northeastern Naturalist (2008-2009); Plant Ecology and Diversity (2011-2012); Australian Journal of Botany (2014-2015)
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the 7th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Coimbra, Portugal, June 2011
  • Organizer and Moderator, Sessions on ‘Botany’ and ‘Plant Ecology,’ Northeast Natural History Conference, New York State Museum, Albany, New York, USA, April 6-11 2011
  • Faculty Advisor, California Botanical Society Graduate Student Meeting, San Jose State University, CA, USA (Feb 13 2010)
  • Faculty Member, Sustainable Campus Environment and Food Systems Coalition (SCEFS), San José State University, CA, USA (2009-2010)
  • Faculty Advisor, Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society, San José State University, San José, CA, USA (Spring 2009-August 2010)
  • Advisory Board, Veggielution Urban Farming Project, San José, CA, USA (www.veggielution.org) (2009-2010)
  • Recording Secretary, California Botanical Society, Berkeley, CA (2009-2010)
  • Organizer and student intern supervisor, Department of Biological Science, Botany Garden Restoration Project, San José State University, San José, CA, USA (Dec 2008-August 2010)
  • Chief-Organizer, 6th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Bar Harbor, Maine, USA, June 16-23 2008
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the 6th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Bar Harbor, Maine, USA June 16-23 2008
  • Organizer and Moderator, Plant Ecology/Geobotany Session, Northeast Natural History Conference X, New York State Museum, Albany, New York, USA, April 17-18 2008
  • Member of the Scientific Committee for the 5th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, Siena, Italy, May 09-13 2006
  • Member of Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) Steering Committee to facilitate community participation in decision making regarding the Callahan Mine Superfund Site, Brooksville, Maine
  • Conduct workshops on rainforest ecology, bog ecology, and edible botany for high school students at Mount Desert Island High School, Bar Harbor, Maine; lead botanical field trips for summer field studies and other outdoor education programs and for prospective and admitted students of College of the Atlantic, Maine.

Professional Memberships (1998-Current):

New England Botanical Club (current); California Botanical Society (current); California Native Plant Society (current); American Society of Plant Taxonomists; Botanical Society of America (current); The Society for Herbarium Curators, Inc. (current); Sigma xi, The Scientific Research Society; Pacific Regional Society of Soil Science; Canadian Botanical Association; Canadian Society of Soil Science

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