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J. Mason Heberling

Faculty Advisor(s)



2015 - Ph.D., Syracuse University


I have a new affiliation starting Jan 2017 on a NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology  -  UT and Carnegie Museum of Natural History (, co-advised by Susan Kalisz (UTK) and Stephen J. Tonsor (Carnegie Museum)


My research focuses on resource-use strategies to understand plant success in the forest understory.  Current main research areas include the ecophysiological and demographic consequences of plant invasions and overabundant herbivores, forest invasions in the Eastern US, and the biogeography of plant functional traits.


  • Heberling, J.M. & Fridley, J.D. (2016) Invaders do not require high resource levels to maintain physiological advantages in a temperate deciduous forest. Ecology 97: 874-884.
  • Heberling, J.M., Kichey, T., Decocq, G. & Fridley, J.D. (2016) Plant functional shifts in the invaded range: a test with reciprocal forest invaders of Europe and North America. Functional Ecology 30: 875-884.
  • Heberling, J.M & Fridley, J.D. (2013) Resource-use strategies of native and invasive plants in Eastern North American forests.  New Phytologist 200: 523-533
  • Heberling, J.M. & Fridley, J.D. (2012) Biogeographic constraints on the worldwide leaf economics spectrum. Global Ecology and Biogeography 21: 1137-1146.
  • Siefert, A., Ravenscroft, C., Althoff, D., Alvarez-Yapiz, J., Carter, E., Glennon, K., Heberling, J.M., Jo, I., Pontes, A., Sauer, A., Willis, A. & Fridley, J.D. (2012) Scale dependence of vegetation-environment relationships: a meta-analysis of multivariate data.  Journal of Vegetation Science 23: 942-951.
  • Russo, L., Stehouwer, R., Heberling, J.M. & Shea, K. (2011) The composite insect trap: an innovative combination trap for biologically diverse sampling.  PLoS ONE 6(6): e21079.
  • Zhang R., Heberling, J.M., Haner, E. & Shea, K. (2011) Tolerance of two invasive thistles to repeated disturbance.  Ecological Research 26: 575-581.

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