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Dr. Kristine Averill

Lab Alumni & Current Positions

Research Associate


  • 2014 Ph.D., Ecology, Penn State, University Park, PA
  • 2009 M.S., Weed Ecology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • 2005 B.S., Plant Science (Horticulture), Cornell University, Ithaca, NY


As a plant community ecologist, my research interests broadly lie in understanding the impacts of abiotic, biotic, and geographic constraints on plant assemblages in natural and agricultural settings.

Selected Publications
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2016DiTommaso, A., K.M. Averill, M.P. Hoffmann, J.R. Fuchsberg, and J.E. Losey. 2016. Integrating insect, resistance, and floral resource management in weed control decision-making. (Invited paper). Weed Science 64(4):743-756. LinkView
Averill KM, DA Mortensen, EAH Smithwick, & E Post. 2016. Deer feeding selectivity for invasive plants. Biological Invasions DOI 10.1007/s10530-016-1063-z
2014Averill KM. 2014. The influence of white-tailed deer and landscape composition and structure on exotic plant success. PhD Dissertation, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. 143 pp
2011Averill KM, A DiTommaso, CL Mohler, & LR Milbrath. 2011. Survival, growth, and fecundity of the invasive swallowworts (Vincetoxicum rossicum and V. nigrum) in New York State. Invasive Plant Science and Management 4(2):198-206
2010Averill KM, A DiTommaso, CL Mohler, & LR Milbrath. 2010. Establishment of the invasive perennial Vincetoxicum rossicum across a disturbance gradient in New York State, USA. Plant Ecology 211:65-77
2009Averill KM. 2009. Vincetoxicum spp. biology and ecology in New York State: Establishment success, vegetative expansion, and physiology of two invasive perennial vines in the Apocynaceae. MS Thesis, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. 123 pp
2008Averill KM, A DiTommaso, & SH Morris. 2008. Response of pale swallow-wort (Vincetoxicum rossicum) to triclopyr application and clipping. Invasive Plant Science & Management 1(2):196-206
2007Averill KM & A DiTommaso. 2007. Wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa L.): A troublesome species of increasing concern. Weed Technology 21(1):279-287
2005Averill KM. 2005. Nutritional and consumer preference tests of ‘Liberty’ apples grown under organic and integrated fruit production systems. BS Honors Thesis, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. 35 pp