William Rucker
Master's Candidate

Department of Environmental and Plant Biology,
Ohio University,
Porter Hall 315,
Athens, OH 45701-2979

McCarthy Lab Room 416a
Office: 740-597-3116
Fax: 740-593-1130


B.A., Biology, 1988
University of California
Santa Cruz, CA

..........Research Interests:
My past professional experience in natural areas management within and on the borders of large municipalities has promoted a great interest in learning and implementing effective and efficient land management and restoration practices. More generally, I am interested in how plants are vital to the integrity of healthy ecosystems by providing essential ecosystem services for ourselves and habitat for a host of other animals. In the early stages of my thesis research, I am curious about the dynamic relationships between the various vegetative layers, the "filtering" effect of the herb layer on the regeneration of trees, the use of deer exclosures as a management tool, the linkages between aquatic and terrestrial systems in watersheds, and forest resiliency under multiple stressors.

I anticipate continuing post-treatment studies at an oak regeneration burning and thinning site in Northeast Ohio that had also been heavily impacted by deer browse and a gypsy moth invasion. The treatments had been initiated in 1990 and 10 years worth of data has already been collected and analyzed in a prior paper . I will pick up the study another 10 years later and look at continue to look at the regeneration success as well as some other abiotic and biotic factors that are still to be determined.

Citation: Sekura, Linda S. Tarun K. Mal and David F. Dvorak. 2005. A long-term study of seedling regeneration for an oak forest restoration in Cleveland Metroparks Brecksville Reservation, OH. Biodiversity and Conversation 14: 2397-2418.