Jessica Gurevitch, Professor (
University of Arizona, 1982
Plant population and community ecology, research synthesis
Lab Website: Gurevitch Lab Website
Prof. Gurevitch was the Chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolution from Sept.
2006 to Aug. 2012.
My research spans several traditional categories within the field of ecology. While
my work has always been concerned with addressing questions of basic scientific interest,
I have attempted to connect the basic research to issues with applied and conservation
relevance. I have carried out both experimental and quantitative measurement studies
to address fundamental questions about plant populations and communities. I am also
interested in statistical applications in ecology, particularly in research synthesis
and meta-analysis, and in the design and analysis of ecological experiments. I have
worked on extensive field studies of the demography of disturbance-adapted species
including pitch pines (
) in the Long Island, New York pine barrens, and the demography of the invasion of
spotted knapweed, Centaurea stoebe, on Long Island and in the Adirondack Mountains
of northern New York State.
In addition to carrying out scientific studies, I have co-authored and co-edited several books, including Design and Analysis of Ecological Experiments (Scheiner and Gurevitch 1993, Chapman and Hall; 2nd ed. 2001, Oxford University Press), The Ecology of Plants (Gurevitch, Scheiner and Fox, Sinauer Assoc. 2002, 2nd ed. 2006) and Handbook of Meta-analysis in Ecology and Evolution (2013, Koricheva, Gurevitch and Mengersen, Princeton University Press). In addition, I co-authored an early software package for meta-analysis in ecology ( MetaWin 2.0 , Rosenberg, Adams and Gurevitch, publ. Sinauer Assoc.) as well as a recent open-access package, OpenMEE (2013 with several collaborators).